The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Piles: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options

What Are Piles? Piles, also known as hemorrhoids, are swollen veins in the lower rectum and anus. They can be internal, located inside the rectum, or external, located under the skin around the anus.

Symptoms of Piles

  • Common symptoms of piles include rectal bleeding, pain or discomfort, itching, and swelling around the anus. In some cases, a lump near the anus may also be felt.
Causes of Piles

  • Piles can be caused by increased pressure in the lower rectum. This pressure can be a result of straining during bowel movements, chronic constipation or diarrhea, sitting for long periods of time on the toilet, or being overweight.
Treatment Options for Piles

Mild piles can often be treated with dietary and lifestyle changes, including eating high-fiber foods, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding prolonged sitting on the toilet. Over-the-counter creams, ointments, or suppositories may also provide relief from symptoms. In more severe cases, medical procedures such as rubber band ligation, sclerotherapy, or surgical removal may be necessary to treat the piles.

Understanding the symptoms, causes, and treatment options for piles can help individuals make informed decisions about managing this common and often uncomfortable condition from Ace medicare.