Most men dont talk about the pain of piles – but many should! Piles, are varicose veins of the rectum or anus. They are common in middle and later life, often caused by years of constipation. The three different types include:
- Internal haemorrhoids - Found inside the rectum, these are painless but tend to bleed
- Prolapsed haemorrhoids - A more severe and painful form of internal haemorrhoids, these veins push through the anus and hang out of the body, particularly after going to the toilet. Sometimes, the anal sphincter (ring of muscle) can strangulate veins that hang out permanently.
- External haemorrhoids - these are like small haemorrhages (bleeds) under the skin around the anus. They feel like hard lumps.
Bleeding is the most common symptom of piles, so if you notice a smear of bright red blood on the toilet paper, or streaks of blood in the faeces, it's important to see a doctor as bleeding from the bowel can be caused by other conditions too - some of them serious.
The main causes of piles include:
- Straining on the toilet due to constipation
- Hereditary factors
- Heavy manual labour
Both treating and preventing piles rely on eliminating constipation. A diet high in vegetables, fruits, cereals and water will help produce soft bowel motions that are passed easily and regularly. Sitting on hard surfaces for long stretches of time can also contribute to the development of piles.
Apart from improving your daily diet, your doctor may recommend astringent ointments or suppositories to shrivel the piles or, as a last resort, surgery. Remember even though most men dont talk about the pain of piles it can be treated, so see your doctor.
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