Hemorrhoids, or piles as they are often known, are a common problem that many people suffer from. In fact, there are studies suggesting half of us will have had them by the time we reach 50. Thankfully there some are very good piles treatment that can really help with this common problem.
So, exactly what are piles? In a nutshell they are swollen veins found in your lower rectum and anus. They occur inside and outside of the rectum. Common myths that they are contagious or due to poor hygiene are untrue.
If you've ever had to ask yourself, what are piles? You probably learned that there are many causes of piles including constipation (caused by straining to have a bowel movement), sitting for a long periods of time, diarrhea, extra pressure when pregnant, infection or inflammation of the rectum, straining from lifting, heredity causes and an unhealthy diet that is low in fibre.
Sadly, piles are notoriously hard to get rid of. Their symptoms may be mild to severe. Sometimes a person with piles doesn’t even know they have them because the symptoms are mild. But, for those who have severe piles they cannot ignore the symptoms which include blood in stools or in toilet after bowel movement, pain in rectum and anus, burning and irritation around the anus and itching around anus due to leaking mucus.
So what about piles treatment? There are several things you can do to help ease piles symptoms. These include baths to help relieve the pain, an ice compress on the anal area to ease swelling and pain, natural creams containing aloe can help itching and burning, drinking more water can also help with bowel movements and adding more fibre into your diet can help produce healthier stools to avoid constipation.