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What are Piles?

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.

What Triggers Piles?

  • Excessive pressure on the anal or rectal veins
  • Intake of diet that lacks fiber
  • Prolonged sitting or standing
  • Overweight or obese people
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Anal sex
  • Medical conditions such as liver disease or colon cancer

How Would You Know If You Have Piles ?

  • 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

What Should You Do In case Your Symptoms Worsen?

  • 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

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • 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.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Piles ?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms:
1. Psyllium Husk
Ingredients: Psyllium husk, Water
Ways to Use:

Often hard stools worsen piles. Psyllium husk is a rich source of fiber that softens the stools and eases its movement. 

You can have it with a warm glass of water, following which you can consume another glass of water.

2. Soaking
Ways to Use:

For instant relief from pain and itching, you can soak in a tub of warm water for 20-30 minutes. Makes sure you properly wipe and dry the area with a towel.

3. Aloe Vera
Ingredients: Aloe vera
Ways to Use:

Aloe vera pulp has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to relieve pain from piles. The pulp can be applied on the inflamed area to soothe and hydrate the swollen veins

4. Tea Tree Oil
Ingredients: Tea tree oil
Ways to Use:

Dilute tree tea oil with a carrier oil such as castor oil or almond oil. Apply the mixture directly on the inflamed areas using a cotton swab.

For a happy and healthy life, eat a nutritious diet which is rich in fiber, antioxidants, essential minerals and vitamins, dashed with adequate amount of carbohydrates and fats. Include a moderate workout along with strength training exercises and consume plenty of water. These lifestyle changes shall not only help you stay fit but will also keep common problems such as piles at bay!

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