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Thursday, 14 June 2012 09:38

Ways to get rid of Distressing Piles

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Piles can make you feel uncomfortable and hamper your daily life. However, simple measures proved to be effective to get relief from symptoms.

pilesLifestyle-related diseases are taking toll on our health, and we are losing quality of life day-by-day. List encompasses diabetes, heart problems, stroke, cancer and many more. In that there is one more addition of health issue termed as “piles”. Yes...research has shown that faulty lifestyle is an identifiable culprit for distressing symptoms of piles.

Understanding piles
Piles, medically known as hemorrhoids is one of the concerning clinical problems encountered routinely. Piles are swollen, inflamed and painful veins in the anal region which starts to bleed in severe cases.

Hemorrhoids are normal collection of connective tissues, arteries and veins within and outer side of the anal canal. Normally, they help easy passage of stool so that bowel movement becomes smooth and painless. When hemorrhoidal veins gets swollen and inflamed can result in piles. This is due to increase pressure on the veins around the anal canal.


Piles are internal or external depending on site of origin.
Internal piles: situated high in the anal canal at the end of rectum and associated with bleeding.
External piles: situated low in anal canal and rarely bleed.

Causes of piles

  • Faulty lifestyle

Wrong dietary habit, including low fibre and fluid diet and more junk food, sedentary lifestyles, lack of exercise, and stress induces piles.

  • Chronic constipation

Passage of hard stool along with straining during bowel movement increases pressure in and around the veins of the anal region.

  • Pregnancy

Weight of growing baby puts pressure on anal wall and the hormonal changes are responsible for development of piles during preganancy.

  • Aging

Tissues in the anal region become less supportive during old age.

  • Prolong sitting
  • Hereditary
  • Medical condition such as liver diseases

Realizing the symptoms

  • Feeling of discomfort due to irritation, soreness and pain while passing stool
  • Anal itching
  • Bright red blood on toilet tissues or can be observed after with passing stool
  • lump protrusion and
  • minor soiling of underwear

Lines of defence

Sometimes haemorrhoids clear up themselves, especially those caused by constipation. However, most need attention. University of Maryland medical centre outlines some defence measures that assist in alleviating the symptoms of piles.

Medications

  • Use stool softener which facilitates bowel movements and prevents hard stool. Stool softener with fibre preparation is generally recommended for this purpose.
  • Physician generally advises topical hydrocortisone cream due to its anti-inflammatory action. However, avoid extended use as it weakens the skin.

Role of diet and nutrition

Add fibre in your diet up to 25-30 gm per day and drink 6-8 glasses of water per day. This help to soften stool and facilitated its easy passage reducing the pain associated with piles.

Consume a diet enrich with,

ü  Fruits:  papayas, banana and apple
ü  Vegetables:  All green leafy vegetables, radish, and raw salad
ü  Whole-grains :whole wheat bread and brown rice
Avoid hot and spicy food as they may exaggerate the symptoms of piles.

Self-help

  • Prevent prolong sitting especially on a toilet. Avoid straining during bowel movements. Don’t scratch the anal area.
  • Keep the anal area clean and hygienic by cleaning with wipes gently.
  • Take a sitz bath after consulting doctor which involves sitting in warm water for 10-15 minutes two times a day.
  • Exercise daily at least 30 minutes a day to improve bowel movements.
  • Maintaining appropriate weight-overweight or obesity is major factor for developing piles hence keeping your weight in normal range may help you to stay away from piles.

Role of herbs
Witch hazel, goldenrod, qotu kola and yarrow are recommended herb for bleeding and painful piles. However, use with precautions after consulting health care provider only.

Complementary therapies

Homeopathy
Homeopathy helps greatly to control almost all the symptoms of piles including bleeding piles and often prevents surgical intervention.
Similarly ayurvedic medicine and Naturapathic treatment such as hot tub bath and other, had shown great result in treatment of piles.

Surgery
Surgical procedures are last options to manage piles in cases not responding to regular treatment. Rubber band ligation, sclerotherapy, Doppler guided hemorrhoidal artery ligation, and hemorrhoidectomy are some of them.

Prevention is better
As proved in other lifestyle-related diseases, prevention is always better in keeping piles at bay. For that adoption of healthier lifestyle pattern such as eating well, staying physically active, de-stressing you and sleeping well are some of the ways to prevent piles.


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  • Comment Link Click Here Tuesday, 24 July 2012 08:40 posted by Click Here

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this article
    and also the rest of the site is very good.

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