Hemorrhoids, also more colloquially known as piles, are swollen vascular masses of
veins much like varicose veins, but located at the interior end of the rectal colon
(internal hemorrhoid) or at the outer periphery of the anal area (external hemorrhoid).
Hemorrhoids are not life-threatening and last temporarily in their early stages without
little or no medication. But should they progress beyond their initial stages, hemorrhoids
produce symptoms that cause pain and discomforts that can disrupt normal daily routines.
You know you have it when you experience pain in the anal area when defecating. There
could be specks of blood on your stool or on the toilet bowl. You can also experience
discomforting pain in your anus when sitting or lying on your buttocks. Mild hemorrhoidal
tissue outgrowth can be felt as palpable tender tissue lumps in the anal area. If
not pain, there could be itching instead.
There is no known cure for hemorrhoids. Treatment is often done to alleviate the
pain and discomfort by shrinking the hemorrhoidal mass. The worst cases will require
surgical excision thereof.
It is said that the best way to treat an ailment is to get rid of the cause. That
goes as well with preventing hemorrhoids to begin with. Prevention is still best.
Almost all physicians agree that hemorrhoids can be traced to:
1) Difficult or constipated bowel movement that puts a strain on the rectal tissues
2) Women are also more susceptible to it at anytime during pregnancy due to hormonal
changes in the body leading to a weakening of the rectal inner tissues.
The best preventive measure is to ensure your bowel movement allows stools to pass
easily, without strain or pressure to your rectal tissues.
Keeping the stools soft for the purpose means the following:
• In general, maintain a healthy diet. You need to consume more foods richer in fiber
content like fruits, vegetables and cereals. You can consume dietary supplements
rich in fiber as an alternative.
• Eight glasses of water daily is the minimum. Or you can opt to have more natural
fruit and vegetable juices during your meals. Bear in mind that liquids assist in
the digestive process, so that hardening of your stool won’t happen.
• You should consider stool softeners in your diet if you are experiencing difficult
bowel movements form time to time. But first check with your doctor to ascertain
that you are medically fit for these stool softeners.
• Stick to your eating schedule and you body clock will adjust itself to promote
proper digestion when it is time for you to eat. Skipping meals and frequently changing
your eating times can confuse your body system and can lead to indigestion. This
increases the risk of developing difficult bowel movements and favors the growth
of hemorrhoid tissues.
• Maintain your toilet schedules. Observing regular bowel movements decreases the
risk of experiencing difficulty in passing your stool. Just go to the toilet when
you have to and not let it pass. A hard stool will require extra effort and strain
to the rectal walls and cause the veins to swell and lead to hemorrhoids.
• Exercising and maintaining a good sitting posture also help minimize the risk of
getting hemorrhoids. Talk about exercise, doing Kegel exercises on your sphincter
muscles around the anal area will strengthen the tissues to further reduce the risk
of the inner rectal tissues developing into hemorrhoidal growth.
• Avoid lifting heavy objects that strain your rectal muscles. Prolonged sitting
should also be avoided especially when sitting on the toilet bowl as gravity exerts
unnecessary pull on your rectal tissues in that position.