Piles (also known as hemorrhoids) is a health condition affecting both men and women aged between 45 and 65 years. The veins around the anus and the lower rectum gets swollen and bulge out to cause painful and bloody bowel movement and is often accompanied with anal itching
Who Is At An Increased Risk?
Though the actual cause is not known, piles are believed to be genetic in nature and may trigger during pregnancy also. It affect those who:
-Are constipated or have diarrhea and happen to spend extended hours in the washroom
-Strain muscles by lifting heavy things
What Are The Common Signs?
Painless bleeding is one of the most common signs of piles. It may also be characterized by itchy, painful and bulgy bottom.
How Are Piles Diagnosed?
-Your doctor may put a gloved finger inside to check if you are bleeding or may choose to use a small tube called anoscope to get a closer view.
-The doctor may suggest tests such as flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy to inspect the colon and rectum.
WAYS TO MANAGE PILES
Some common ways to manage piles are:
1 . Dietary Changes
-Avoid foods that may further harden your stool such as processed foods and foods low on fiber.
-Include food that are rich in fiber such as leafy vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grain breads and cereals.
-Gradually add fiber to your diet as excess of it may cause gas and bloating.
-Drink atleast 7-8 glasses of water throughout the day.
-Include olive oil (anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties) in your daily food preparations. It will improve the functionality of the excretory system.
2 . Exercise Regularly
-Moderate (30 minute) workout each day has been found to benefit people suffering from constipation. It also decreases the pressure on the hemorrhoidal veins.
-Opt for light exercises such as brisk walking, jogging and running.
-Rush to expel as the urge arise but do not sit on the toilet seat for long hours. The more u delay the excretion process the more constipated you may feel.
3 . Try Warm Sitz Bath
-Sitting in a warm water tub for 15-20 minutes 2-3 times a day helps in decreasing the inflammation of hemorrhoids.
-Sit in the bathtub filled with warm water. Make sure you pat dry gently the anal region post the dip.
4 . Try Home Remedies
-Aloe vera, rich with therapeutic properties, helps in reducing the irritation caused due to piles. It can be applied to relieve the pain, burning and itching sensation.
-Ice pack has been found to be very beneficial in restricting the blood vessels and thereby reducing the swelling. It also helps in relieving pain immediately.
-In case, the problem persists, consult a doctor.