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What are Piles and what causes Them?

Piles are still an unnecessary feature that most people have and most people are seeking a permanent solution to dealing with piles 

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If you’ve ever had hemorrhoids aka piles then you know that the pain you experience is one that you don’t want to tolerate. 

What causes piles? 

Piles are caused by increased pressure in the lower rectum. The blood vessels around the anus and in the rectum will stretch under pressure and may swell or bulge, forming piles.

This may be due to:

  • chronic constipation.
  • chronic diarrhea.
  • lifting heavy weights.
  • pregnancy.
  • straining when passing a stool.

What is the main cause of piles?

Piles are a very common ailment that may affect men or women at any age. These are caused due to continuous high pressure in the veins. Other causes include constipation, excessive straining during bowel movements and persistent diarrhoea. These swellings are usually round, discoloured, and small lumps.

How do you get rid of piles?

Home remedies

  1. Eat high-fiber foods. Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. ...
  2. Use topical treatments. Apply an over-the-counter hemorrhoid cream or suppository containing hydrocortisone, or use pads containing witch hazel or a numbing agent.
  3. Soak regularly in a warm bath or sitz bath. 
  4. Take oral pain relievers.

What food causes piles?

Foods with little fiber can cause or make constipation (and therefore hemorrhoids) worse, so it's best to limit how much you eat of them.

  • White bread and bagels.
  • Milk, cheese, and other dairy.
  • Meat.
  • Processed foods such as frozen meals and fast food.

The Stress Factor

Unfortunately, stress can have a negative effect on hemorrhoidsStress can lead to digestive problems—and straining, due to constipation and diarrhea, can cause hemorrhoid flare-ups. When people are stressed, they tighten their sphincter muscle and put pressure on the rectum.

Are piles permanent?

pile can hang down (prolapse) and can be felt outside the back passage. Often, it can be pushed back up after you have been to the toilet. However, more severe piles remain permanently prolapsed and cannot be pushed back up inside. Small internal piles are usually painless.

Some people may feel better after a few weeks, while others may continue to feel pain until it is surgically removed. The two different types of hemorrhoids – internal and external – need to be taken into account as well. With proper treatment, internal hemorrhoids have been reported to go away in a month.

Treatment without surgery

  1. rubber band ligation: a band is placed around your piles to make them drop off.
  2. sclerotherapy: a liquid is injected into your piles to make them shrink.
  3. electrotherapy: a gentle electric current is applied to your piles to make them shrink.

However; always seek professional medical care first. 

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