Piles is common in both men and women and affect 1 in 20 Indians. According to a research paper, an estimated 40,723,288 patients are suffering from piles in India. Prolonged hours of sitting at the desk added with a sedentary lifestyle aggravate the problem. But why exactly there so many cases of piles in India? To understand this, let’s take a closer look at the various aspects of piles.
In simpler terms, hemorrhoids or piles are a condition in which there is bleeding and severe pain while passing stools. This is due to swelling of the veins in the anal area. Medically speaking, hemorrhoids are collections of inflamed tissue in the anal region. The main reason for hemorrhoids amongst individuals is increased pressure in the anal region.
Due to the inadequate intake of fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains added with over-eating of processed foods, constipation may arise. This causes straining and increases the pressure on the anorectal veins which increases the chances of piles.
Piles, commonly known as bawaseer, are treated on the basis of their severity. Grade I and Grade II piles are considered to be mild piles. But if the problem is severe, such in grade III or IV cases, it is advisable to approach doctors for proper consultation.
An individual with piles may experience any one of the following symptoms:
Around the anus, a hard, possibly painful lump may be felt. The lump may contain coagulated blood. Thrombosed external hemorrhoids are piles that contain blood.
During a bowel movement, bright red blood is visible.
The anal region is itchy, red, and sore.
During the passing of a stool, excruciating pain occurs.
A person with piles may experience the feeling that the bowels are still full after passing a stool.