Piles are swollen bunch of blood vessels that are found in the Anal Canal. The veins in the anus are coushions which help in smooth defecation. These get irritated due to the bowel movement and prolapse slowly. Piles can vary in size. It is estimated that around 40 million Indians are affected by hemorrhoids. Piles can affect anyone at any age. They affect 50% of the population at some time of their life.
Severe ones prolapse permanently and cannot be pushed back and need surgery.
1. After going to the toilet, a feeling that the bowels are still full.
2. Itchiness around the anus.
3. Bright red blood after a bowel movement.
4. Pain and discomfort while defecating.
5. The area around the anus may be red and sore.
6. Heaviness at opening of anus.
7. Loss of appetite.
8. Lump on the anus.
9. Slimy mucus discharge while emptying the bowel.
10. A hard lump may be felt around the anus. It consists of coagulated blood, called a thrombosed external hemorrhoid which can be very painful.
1. Chronic constipation
2. Lifting heavy weights
3. Straining when passing a stools
4. Mental Tension
5. Coughing and Vomiting
6. Eating a low fiber diet
7. Pregnancy induced hormone changes
8. Prostate problems in older men
9. Cancer or growth in pelvis or bowel region that puts pressure on the abdomen.