Piles or hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in the anal passage. There are two circular bunches of veins, one inside the anal canal and the second at the anal verge. Generally, they are called internal and external hemorrhoids. There are certain conditions which predispose to formation of piles. These are:
Excessive straining while passing stools e.g. chronic constipation, low fibre diet, poor bowel habits
Increased backward pressure on pelvic blood vessels e.g. Pregnancy, Pelvic Tumors
In general, piles are not serious and go away on their own after 2-3 days. However, its symptoms are following:
A hard lump around the anus
Feeling of full bowels even after going to the toilet
Bright red blood during a bowel movement
Itching in the anus
Mucus discharge when emptying the bowels
Pain while defecating
There could be many reasons behind the onset of piles including:
In most cases, piles resolve their own without the need for any external piles treatment. Best treatment for bleeding piles are available:
Diet – Patients are asked to eat more fiber, such as fruits and vegetables to keep the stools regular and soft.
Body weight – Obesity is found to be a major cause for piles. So, losing weight might be a good option to treat piles.
Ointments, creams, pads and other OTC medications
Minimally invasive surgery – If other procedures show negative outcomes, surgery is done. Sometimes surgery is done on an outpatient basis - the patient goes home after the procedure, or he/she may have to spend the night in hospital. With the advancements in medical technology, today surgeons perform laser surgery for piles that ensures minimal post-operative pain, faster recovery, shorter hospital stay, early resumption of normal activities etc.