One of the most discomforting conditions in the history of human health is piles. This is a condition developed when hemorrhoids, the vascular structures of the anal canal that aid with stool control, get swollen or inflamed. Internal piles will just lead to painless rectal bleeding while external hemorrhoid infections can be quite painful especially if they get thrombosed. Nonetheless, the symptoms for these medical conditions resemble those of other possible rectal infections making them hard to diagnose.
Though the causes for this medical condition are yet to be fully isolated, it is evident that it has to be treated as soon as it is discovered to avoid discomfort. Internal piles, though painless courtesy of lack of pain sensory nerve ends in the rectum can enlarge and protrude out of the anal sphincter leading to discomfort. The treatment approach will depend on the position of the piles (internal or external) and the extent of the infection.
One of the identified causes of piles, which is ironically a key tool in treating the condition, is your food diet. While inadequate fiber and fluids in your diet might lead to constipation and make passing stool harder, a proper ration of these two components in your diet will make passing stool easier hence, you will not have to strain your haemorrhoids.
However, patients who have already developed the condition cannot solely rely on diet changes to heal them. It would be wise to explore other treatment for piles options that will directly stimulate the healing of the inflamed haemorrhoids. Possible options include the use of creams, ointments and suppositories.
Since most of these medications only relieve the swelling and inflammation in your rear passage, it would be wise that you treat the root cause of the problem. This brings us back to the need for a proper diet that will reduce on your chances of constipating and or passing hard stools. The key to treating piles lies in reducing how much you strain when passing stool, a factor that directly relates to what you eat.
Another effective treatment for piles is the use of laxatives. Bulk forming laxatives will increase the fiber content of your stool making it heavier and softer while osmotic laxatives will increase the amount of water in your bowels to the same effect. This will work by simulating the basic idea that a proper diet will achieve; soft and heavy stool that passes easily without straining the hemorrhoids.
In addition to using creams or laxatives, many doctors and pharmacists will encourage the use of painkillers to alleviate the pain as healing takes its course. An additional treatment option is the use of corticosteroid creams that contain the steroid hormone that will stimulate the healing of the inflamed cells.
It is however important to point out that each of these medications have possible side effects. For instance, the corticosteroid cream might lead to thinning of the anal walls if used for more than seven days continuously. It is not advisable to use any of the creams and ointments for more than seven days since they might irritate the sensitive skin around the anus. This will make your condition worse rather than alleviate it.
In addition to this, it is advisable that you use only one piles treatment product at a go since most of them contain the same active compounds. To avoid an overdose of the active compound, always ask your pharmacist for directions and do not forget to read the information leaflet that comes with the medication.
Nonetheless, emphasis should be laid on treating the root cause of the problem rather that suppressing the symptoms. Though the basic cause lies in the diet we take, it is advisable that you take a complete medical exam to pinpoint your piles cause especially if you are confident that you have been on a proper diet.
Other factors to consider when seeking the right treatment for piles are the extent of the infection. Internal piles are graded from one through to four with the seriousness of the condition increasing gradually. In cases where the infection is very serious and the above named conventional methods have failed to treat the condition, it would be wise to consider the ultimate treatment procedure; surgery. This, however, might never happen if you adhere to a proper diet.