The daily ritual of going to the toilet to pass stool had become a nightmare for Mr. Singh. The pain, discomfort and the constant feeling of itching was a condition he was initially embarrassed to share with his family. But he soon began experiencing a pain in his rectum, and was frightened when one he passed blood. His doctor confirmed that he was suffering from Piles, but reassured him that it could be treated easily.
Piles or Haemorrhoids are mainly a collection of a group of inflamed tissues in the anal canal. A condition that is not uncommon in adults, it usually results from straining during bowel movements or increased pressure on the anal veins during pregnancy. They sometimes develop inside the rectum (internal haemorrhoids), or may develop under the skin around the anus (external haemorrhoids). They may go away on their own after a couple of weeks, but for extreme cases they may require surgery.
Symptoms of Piles:
These are generally under the skin around your anus. Signs and symptoms might include:
These haemorrhoids lie inside the rectum. One cannot see or feel them, and they rarely cause discomfort. But straining when passing stool can cause:
Bulging swollen veins or haemorrhoids develop from increased pressure in the lower rectum area due to:
The best way to prevent hemorrhoids is to keep bowel movement regular and stool soft, so that they can pass easily without requiring effort or straining. To prevent the development of haemorrhoids follow these tips:
Apart from the above some common treatments for Haemorrhoids include:
This can be done with slight anaesthesia and the area will be numbed. This is a day care surgery and you should be able to go home on the same day.
You may sometimes need surgery to remove your piles if none of the above methods work.
Surgical treatments include:
If you have bleeding during bowel movements or you have haemorrhoids that don’t improve after a week of home care, talk to your doctor. Although not all rectal bleeding may be due to haemorrhoids, especially if you have changes in bowel habits or if your stools change in colour or consistency. Rectal bleeding can also occur with other diseases, including for some cancer like that of the colon and anal cancer. So, seek emergency care if you have large amounts of rectal bleeding, light headedness, dizziness or faintness.
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