If you experience any of these conditions, this article will be beneficial to you.
* Pains in the anus while defecating
* Redness, soreness, and itching in and around the anus
* A lumpy mass of flesh protruding from the anus
* Mucus (slimy) discharge and blood while defecating
* A feeling that the bowel is still full even after just using the toilet
These are some of the symptoms of piles or hemorrhoids, and in this article, you are going to learn why this happens and 10 things you shouldn’t be doing. First, let’s understand what the condition of piles is.
Piles or hemorrhoids are referred to a physiological (or abnormal functioning of the body system) condition whereby there is an inflammation of the vessels and tissues in and around the anus. When the vessels and tissues in this area are subjected to pressure, they become inflamed (swollen) and thrombosed (filled with blood).
When any or both of these occur, you may bleed after passing faeces. The color of the blood is usually bright red, and you may observe it on your toilet tissue paper. And while (and after) defecating, you may experience tenderness, pains, and itchiness around the anus and general discomfort.
There’s also the possibility of a mucus discharge, that may be foamy or slimy, as you defecate. Also, the hemorrhoids can prolapse (or hang down) outside the anus. And it’s also possible to have hemorrhoids and not feel any pains, or any of these symptoms, which brings us to the different types of piles or hemorrhoids.
These are inflamed or thrombosed blood vessels and body tissues that lie up into the rectum, and you can’t see or touch them. And you most likely won’t feel pains and itching because of them, because there are little or no nerves that are sensitive to pains in the rectum. You may only be aware of them when you bleed, and when they prolapse or enlarge and protrude from the anus. When they protrude, they become irritated and itchy as they rub against clothing and the effect of sitting down.
According to the diagram, internal piles or hemorrhoids occur in 4 stages.
– Stage 1 – when you have small swellings on the inside lining of the anal canal. They cannot be seen or felt from outside the anus. This is the most common type of internal piles. In some people, they enlarge further to stage 2 or more.
– Stage 2 – the piles become larger and may push out while stooling. But they quickly spring back inside again.
– Stage 3 – this is when they prolapse more. The sufferer feels one or more small, soft lumps that hang from the anus. However, they can be pushed back inside the anus with a finger.
– Stage 4 – is when the piles permanently hang down from within the anus, and cannot be pushed back inside. Sometimes they become quite large and require surgery.
These are inflamed or thrombosed blood vessels and body tissues that lie within the anus. They are easily seen and felt, and often uncomfortable. When they prolapse while passing stool, blood clots usually form within the protruding tissues, and cause an extremely painful condition (also called thrombosis.) When they become thrombosed, external piles look ugly and frightening and may bleed. But despite their appearance, they can resolve themselves within a week. And in some cases, they don’t, and the pains continue until surgery is recommended and performed to remove the thrombosed hemorrhoids and stop the pains. But, we always recommend a no-surgery approach to treating piles and hemorroids.
In either of these cases (internal and external piles), the best approach, as is always the case with medical conditions, is to take preventive measures. And these 10 crucial steps will prevent and ease the symptoms so that any treatment option you choose will have a better effect.
1. Don’t strain when moving bowel
This is one of the most common causes of piles and hemorrhoids. Straining pushes blood into the arteries and veins in the rectum. When this happens, the veins swell and push against the walls in the anus area. This results in weak and feeble muscles. When the muscles get weak, they start bulging through the anal walls.
2. Don’t get constipated
Constipation is another of the common cause of piles and hemorrhoids. Constipation occurs when digestive abnormalities make it difficult to move bowel. When this happens, the anal and rectal nerves swell and may even rupture. And this is one of the conditions that leads to ruptured hemorrhoids, bleeding, and severe pains.
3. Don’t get diarrhea
Urgent and loose watery bowel movements are often accompanied with bloating, cramps, and passing of gas. And that is how the the rectal and anal arteries and veins are strained and subjected to piles or hemorrhoids.
4. Don’t sit for too long in the toilet
When you spend too much time in the toilet, mostly reading or busy with your smartphone, there is the tendency to spend more time on the toilet seat and increase the amount of pressure that the veins around your anus are supposed to withstand, which brings us to the next don’t.
5. Don’t sit down for too long
Just as sitting for too long on the toilet puts a strain on the rectal and anal veins, prolonged sitting has the tendency to make the veins in the rectum and anus to swell and become inflamed, as it inhibits proper blood flow and circulation.
6. Don’t stand for too long
Too much of anything is bad. Thus, when you repeatedly stand for prolonged periods of time, the rectal and anal veins are also subjected to pressure.
7. Don’t get obese
Overweight is the cause of many diseased conditions, including piles. Besides the excess pressure on the veins around the anal and rectal area, obese people make poor (unhealthy) food and drink choices, which lead to constipation, diarrhea, and piles.
8. Don’t make poor (unhealthy) food choices
A lack of healthy diet, especially foods rich in fiber, causes constipation and straining while moving bowel. Junk foods, excessively spicy and peppery foods, eating plenty of meat, low water intake, inability to digest foods (due to intolerance or an infection), all lead to constipation, diarrhea, and piles.
9. Don’t leave your cough and cold untreated
The next time you experience a bout of coughing and sneezing, pay attention to the muscles in your anus area. And anytime to leave your cough and cold untreated, you subject those muscles to undue pressure that can cause piles and hemorrhoids.
10. For pregnant women: Pay attention to your body changes
During pregnancy, a woman is subjected to carrying more weight, the foetus puts pressure on the rectal veins, there may be minimal physical activity, a change in eating habits, which all contribute to cause piles. Avoid constipation, and all of the mentioned don’ts.
If you want to prevent piles and hemorrhoids, start with these steps. And if you already have them, you need to get proper treatment and make sure you continue with these preventive and corrective measures. For a viable treatment and preventive measure, an Aloe Vera based therapy is very effective for combating the symptoms and in the treatment of piles and hemorrhoids.
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Bonus Tip: Excessive straining and pressure on the rectal and anal regions are the things to avoid if you want to prevent and treat your Piles or hemorrhoids condition. As is the case with internal piles, you may not know that you have them until it may get to the point where it requires surgery.
Thus, the best approach is to do something about them if you suspect that you have the symptoms. Embark on the preventive measures, and take some Aloe Vera based supplementation. The best part is that this therapy provides the much-needed supplementation and treats the condition of piles and hemorrhoids at the same time. Click here to check out stabilized the Aloe Vera based supplementation.