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How To Get Rid of Piles & Hemorrhoids
Welcome to How To Get Rid of Piles (part of the Get-Rid! network).
My name’s Danny and if you suffer from piles or hemorrhoids or simply want to know more about the condition, you will hopefully find what you’re looking for during your visit here.
Before we get into ways you can rid of piles, let’s take a look at what they actually are.
What are piles?
Piles are, quite simply, a swelling of the blood vessels around the rectum and anus, resulting in a painful lump.
Piles can either be internal (within the anal canal) or external (on the outside of the anus).
Internal piles can be graded as either:
- First Degree: Completely within the anal canal.
- Second Degree: Larger and may stick out when going to the toilet but go back inside after.
- Third Degree: Hang down outside of the anus but can be pushed back in.
- Fourth Degree: Permanently hang down from the anus.
First degree piles are usually the least discomfort whilst fourth degree piles and external piles are usually the most painful.
The main symptoms of piles, other than the lump itself, are bleeding and discharging a slimy mucus from the anus, itchiness, soreness and a feeling of constipation.
Who gets piles?
Anyone can get piles, although they seem to be most prevalent in people over 45 years of age and pregnant women.
Although the exact causes of piles are still under debate, there is strong evidence to suggest that they are caused by undue pressure on the blood vessels around the anus. This can be the result of:
- Being overweight
- Pressure from a baby in the womb
- The strain of childbirth
- Constipation (usually caused by having a low-fiber diet)
- Heavy lifting
It is also thought that susceptibility to developing piles may, in some cases be hereditary.
How can you get rid of piles?
The good news is that most cases of piles are usually mild and will clear up on their own within a few days.
During this natural healing process, you may want to pick up a tube of haemorrhoid cream or a suppository to sooth the pain and itchiness. There are many brands to choose from but the most popular (and most effective) is a product called Anusol.
You can also take the edge off of the pain by taking painkillers, such as paracetamol.
Note: With all pharmaceutical product, you should ALWAYS read the label.
Keeping well hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating food that is high in dietary fiber (e.g. fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and wholegrain cereals) can help keep your stools soft, which will result in less pain and discomfort when you go to the toilet.
If you have been suffering from constipation, then increasing your intake of fibre over the long-term will usually help get rid of of both the piles and the constipation. In the short-term, you may find it useful to use laxatives to help you got to the toilet.
What if your piles don’t clear up?
If you have had piles for more than a week or two, you should consult your doctor for further advice.
Surgery may be offered to get rid of the hemorrhoids, but it is more common to use either banding or sclerotherapy.
Banding (or rubber band ligation) involves putting an elastic band around each of the piles. This subsequently cuts of the blood supply and the piles simply die and drop off.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a chemical solution into the blood vessels around the anus which causes the piles to shrivel up.
Banding and sclerotherapy are usually used to treat grade 2 and 3 internal hemorrhoids, with surgery being reserved for larger grade 3 and grade 4 hemorrhoids.
Your doctor may also suggest removing your piles using electrotherapy or infra-red laser therapy.
So, you now know what piles are and what causes them.
You’ve also learned that in the majority of cases, piles will clear up on their own without any interaction (although you may want to use creams or painkillers to help with the discomfort).
For recurring or constant piles, you may consider increasing your intake of dietary fiber as well as maintaining better levels of health and fitness.
If your piles haven’t gone within one or two weeks, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your doctor to obtain advice on what other treatments are available.
I hope you’ve found this useful and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below