If swellings inside or around your anus or rectum is discomforting you and you think it is piles. And your doctor diagnoses it as hemorrhoids; don’t be baffled because there is no difference between piles and hemorrhoids.
A hemorrhoid is a medical term used for piles. Sometimes people may call normal anal cushions hemorrhoids and swollen anal cushions piles. However, from the medical perspective, there is no difference between the two. Hemorrhoids is a lesser known term, while piles is a general term which is used widely. Now that you know piles and hemorrhoids are the same, let’s discuss in detail about the medical condition, symptoms, diagnosis, causes and the course of treatment it requires.
Hemorrhoids in some cases may not show any symptoms. In such cases, patients don't even know that they have hemorrhoids. In such cases, they may take longer than usual to detect. However, they can be diagnosed with ease if they show symptoms like:
- Itchy bottom
- Soreness, redness and swelling around the anus
- Bleeding after a bowel movement
- A mucus discharge after a bowel movement
- A lump hanging from the anus that needs to be pushed back after the bowel movement
Hemorrhoids may not always be painful but if you develop any of the symptoms listed above, rush to the doctor and seek medical advice.
What is the right time to seek medical advice?
Like mentioned before, you need to pay a visit to the doctor if you detect persistent symptoms of hemorrhoids. It is important to get rectal bleeding of any type checked immediately so that your doctor can identify the potential causes of the ailment.
Typically, symptoms of hemorrhoids start showing on their own. If you notice persistent symptoms like itching, pain or bleeding, rush to the doctor and discuss your medical condition.
Your doctor may perform simple tests like examination of you anus and rectum to find out if the problem you are facing is because of hemorrhoids of something else. If he/she rules out hemorrhoids the reason for your condition, he/she may suggest some more tests followed by a thorough treatment.
In some cases, patients don’t feel comfortable disclosing their condition to the doctor. It’s normal. You are not alone. There are thousands of people out there suffering from the same condition. Some studies show 3 out of 4 people suffer from hemorrhoids. Plus doctors are used to diagnosing and treating hemorrhoids.
Causes of hemorrhoids
However, the exact cause of hemorrhoids is still unknown, the most common reason for the condition includes increased pressure in the blood vessels in and around the anus, resulting in swelling and inflammation in the blood vessels in your bottom area. Straining on the toilet due to constipation is another reason for the condition. Chronic diarrhea is also responsible for triggering the condition.
Other considerable factors may include:
- Old age, resulting in weakening of body's supporting tissues
- Pregnancy, resulting in increased pressure on blood vessels of the pelvic area
- The family history of hemorrhoids
- Heavyweight lifting
- A persistent cough
- Repeated vomiting
- Long sitting hours
Prevention and treatment
You can get rid of the condition by simply making small changes in your lifestyle, which will help reduce strain on the blood vessels in and around your anus. Some changes you may consider including in your lifestyle are:
- Increasing the amount of fiber in your diet. (Eat more fruit, vegetables, wholegrain rice, whole wheat pasta, and bread, etc.)
- Drinking a lot of water
- Not delaying bowel movement (Delay may harden stool, leading to straining)
- Avoiding medicines that cause constipation
- Losing weight (if you're overweight)
- Exercising regularly to help prevent constipation and lose weight
Over the counter creams/gels or oils like petroleum jelly, coconut oil or moisturizer cream is advised to get instant relief from the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Dr. Skin Aid
is formulated to give you quick relief from horrible hemorrhoids.