Piles, also commonly known as hemorrhoids, is a condition where the veins of the rectum or anus swell and causes rectal bleeding. Piles may be present since a long time, however, may remain unnoticed. It is a common medical condition that affects three out of every four adults.
- Excessive pressure on the anal or rectal veins
- Intake of diet that lacks fiber
- Prolonged sitting or standing
- Overweight or obese people
- Chronic constipation or diarrhea
- Anal sex
- Medical conditions such as liver disease or colon cancer
- You may experience painless rectal bleeding (slow trickle of blood following bowel movement)
- Pain, itching or discharge after bowel movement
- A lump or swelling in the anus
- A feeling that the rectum has not been completely emptied
- Bleeding following bowel movement is a common symptom. If it continues for more than two days, make sure you see a doctor
- It is important to be vigilant for symptoms because rectal bleeding can also be a cause for several other medical conditions. Therefore, it is important to rule out the cause
- Though rare, but complications may cause anemia
- Your doctor will examine you physically and suggest a few tests such as digital examination to confirm the presence of piles
- Your doctor, upon confirming the diagnosis of piles, would recommend over-the-counter creams, ointments and suppositories to relieve symptoms
- Your doctor would also suggest certain modifications in your dietary habits and lifestyle habits
- In case, the hemorrhoids are large, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure to remove them.
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