Piles and Hemorrhoids
We are all familiar with hemorrhoids or the more common terminology ‘Piles’. Hemorrhoids can be described as masses or cushions of tissue within the anal canal that contain blood vessels and they have surrounding, supporting tissue made up of muscle and elastic fibers.
Although most people think hemorrhoids are abnormal, they are present in everyone. However, only when the hemorrhoidal cushions enlarge, when the hemorrhoids cause problems and are termed as “hemorrhoids disease”
Surgical treatment of hemorrhoids
Constipation and straining to have bowel movements promote hemorrhoids and that hard stools can traumatize existing hemorrhoids.
Soften your stools by increasing the fiber in your diet. Fiber is found in numerous foodstuffs including fresh and dried fruits, vegetables, grains, and cereals. Stool softeners and increased drinking of liquids is also recommended. Diarrhea is believed to aggravate the symptoms of hemorrhoids and it is recommended that diarrhea be controlled with fiber and anti-motility drugs.
Many over-the-counter products are sold for the treatment of hemorrhoids. These often contain the same drugs that are used for treating anal symptoms such as itching or discomfort. Products used for the treatment of hemorrhoids are available as ointments, creams, gels, suppositories, foams, and pads. Most products contain more than one type of active ingredient.