Piles, also known as hemorrhoids, are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum. They can range in size from the size of a pea to the size of a grape, and they can be internal or external. Piles are a very common condition, affecting up to one in every three adults over the age of 45. Pregnant women are also more susceptible to developing piles.

Signs and Symptoms of Hemorrhoids:

Seeing blood in your toilet bowl after a bowel movement is no doubt alarming, but it’s one of the main symptoms of hemorrhoids. Other symptoms include:

  • Bright red blood on toilet paper or in your stool after a bowel movement
  • Itching in the anal area
  • Pain in the anal area, especially when sitting
  • Pain during bowel movements
  • One or more hard, painful lumps around the anus

Prevantive Actions:

There are several things you can do to help prevent piles, or at least reduce your risk of developing them.

  • Eat a high-fiber diet: A diet rich in fiber can help soften your stools, making them easier to pass and less likely to irritate your hemorrhoids.
  • Drink plenty of fluids: Drinking plenty of fluids, particularly water, can help to keep your stools soft and easy to pass.
  • Exercise regularly: Exercise can help to prevent constipation, which can aggravate hemorrhoids.
  • Avoid sitting for long periods: If you have a sedentary job, make sure to get up and move around regularly.
  • Don’t strain when you go to the bathroom: Straining can increase pressure on your hemorrhoids and make them more likely to flare up.
  • Keep your anal area clean: Wiping with moist toilet paper or using a wet wipe after every bowel movement can help to keep your anal area clean and free of irritation.
  • Use over-the-counter hemorrhoid cream: If your hemorrhoids are painful or swollen, you can try using an over-the-counter hemorrhoid cream or ointment.
  • See your doctor: If home treatment doesn’t work, or if your hemorrhoids are very painful, you can see your doctor for further treatment.

Types of Hemorrhoids: Internal and External:

Hemorrhoids are either internal or external.

  • Internal Hemorrhoids: These hemorrhoids develop inside the rectum (the part of the large bowel leading to the anus) and are not usually visible to the naked eye. Internal hemorrhoids generally don’t hurt, but they often bleed painlessly. In some cases, internal hemorrhoids may protrude through the anus and can be seen, which is known as becoming prolapsed. When this happens, they will usually shrink back inside the rectum on their own or can be pushed back in.
  • External Hemorrhoids These hemorrhoids develop under the skin around the outside of the anus. These are the most uncomfortable hemorrhoids and can be itchy or painful, and may feel lumpy. When a blood clot forms within external hemorrhoid, this is known as a thrombosed hemorrhoid, which can result in severe, ongoing pain. Sometimes clots dissolve on their own, but if they don’t, your doctor can remove the clot, a procedure that’s most effective if done within 72 hours of the clot forming.

Brief About Dr. Narendra Chopde:

Dr. Narendra Chopde has completed a fellowship in Minimal Access Bariatric and Advanced Laprascopic surgery affiliated with MUHS, Nashik with 70 % marks. Also, He is renowned as a Piles Specialist in Pune. If you are facing any symptoms of piles, don’t get delays to contact Dr. Narendra Chopde Now!