Did you know that every year more than 75% of the total population suffers from piles all over the world? However, as for how much scarier it sounds, most of the time it can be easily cured with the help of some simple home remedies.
Got a little confused? Well, do not worry, we will solve all your confusions through this article.
Although not considered to be dangerous, we have to admit that piles can cause extreme discomfort and uneasiness to the affected person and with the help of these remedies, piles can be treated naturally at home and also helps in quicken the healing process.
So let us begin then.
What is Piles?
Before we begin with our remedies, it is important for us to have some knowledge of piles.
Piles is the common term used for the Hemorrhoids. In this ailment, tissues of the anal area become swollen and inflamed and cause extreme uneasiness to the affected person.
There are generally two types to this condition
Swollen inflammations of the tissue occur between 2 to 4 centimetres above the opening of the anus.
This is considered to be the most common type.
Swollen inflammations occur outside the edge of the anus.
Symptoms of Piles?
As already said, Piles is not considered to be such a dangerous ailment and for 50% of the population, it does not produce any type of symptoms in the affected person’s body.
However, that being said, some of the most common symptoms of piles that occurs which helps in diagnosing the ailment are as follows:
- A hard lump felt around the anus containing coagulated blood which is known as thrombosed external haemorrhoids.
- Feeling of fullness even after passing the stool.
- Blood observed after the bowel movements.
- The area around the anus is itchy, red and sore. Also, terrible pain is felt during bowel movements.
Listed above are some of the most common symptoms. If the ailment is not treated properly on time, it can lead to a worsening of the situation and further severe symptoms like
- Excessive anal bleeding leading to anaemia.
- Infection and faecal incontinence
- A condition is known as anal fistula where a new channel is created between the surface of the skin near the anus and the inside of the anus.
Piles based upon the symptoms can be divided into four grades out of which, if a person suffers from Grade 3 and Grade 4 piles, that person needs immediate medical treatments.
Causes of piles
The main cause of piles is due to the increased pressure in the lower rectum. Blood vessels under pressure stretch, swell and bulge to form piles.
These pressure can be due to a variety of reasons and some of them are:
- Chronic constipation
- Chronic diarrhoea
- Lifting heavyweights
- Straining when passing stool.
The risk of piles can also be inherited and increase with age.
Now, that we have got some idea about the pile’s ailment. Let us know about some home remedies for piles.
How can we treat piles naturally?
Except for some extreme cases, piles can be easily curable at home.
To treat piles at home, some of the remedies are:
- Witch hazel
Considered as a wonder plant, this has been a time-tested remedy to be used for treating piles. Abundant with anti-inflammatory properties, it can easily ameliorate the pain, itching and swelling associated with piles.
Witch hazel is considered to be safe for topical use and provides excellent respite when applied directly on the affected region.
- Aloe vera
Another time-tested remedy to be used against haemorrhoids is aloe vera. With its indispensable medicinal and therapeutic properties, this soothing gel helps in reducing the swollen and inflamed regions of the affected person.
It can be used for treating both internal and external piles. For treating external piles, it can be used topically and for internal piles, drinking aloe vera juice on an empty stomach in the morning to improve digestion and constipation is recommended.
- A warm bath with Epsom salt
A warm bath can provide many health benefits for the body and especially for piles, it can provide exceptional reliefs. Taking a warm bath for 15-20 minutes after a bowel movement soothes and relaxes anal muscles and lessens the itchiness.
- Castor Oil
Provided with abundant antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, castor oil works wonders in reducing the size of piles and also ease the pain.
- Stool softeners
One of the main causes of piles is chronic constipation. Stool softeners are fibre supplements which help in reducing constipation, bulking up the stools and thus make it easier to pass bowel movements painlessly. Also do not forget to drink plenty of water while consuming such supplements.
Isabgol and Psyllium husk are some of the popular examples of stool softeners.
- Cold compresses
Applying cold compresses and ice packs when haemorrhoids flare-up can help you to numb pain temporarily and reduce swelling. However, do not forget to use ice carefully as if the ice is not handled with precautions, it can aggravate the situation.
In addition to the above remedies, there are some other precautions and measures that should always be kept in mind to prevent exacerbation of the situation.
Some of the measures that can be taken:
- Limiting the time in the bathroom. Not forcing the bowel movements to happen helps in putting less pressure on the anal muscles.
- Good bathroom habits are necessary for reducing the risk of piles in the future.
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help you to reduce the chance of piles. Eat beans, cereals, fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grains and fibrous foods to reduce constipation and to have clear bowel movements every day.
It is also very important to have more than ten glasses of water every day to maintain proper water balance in the body.
These are some of the most time tested remedies to be used for treating piles. Haemorrhoids cause immense discomfort and pain but most of the symptoms go away naturally within a week.
However, that being said, it has been seen that worsening of the symptoms has also taken place which has led to surgical removal of haemorrhoids known as Hemorrhoidectomy. Most of the piles symptoms are curable by home remedies however consulting a doctor is always advisable as soon as any of the symptoms have been encountered for proper consultation, treatments and medications.