Piles or haemorrhoids are painful conditions that refer to the swollen veins that usually develop due to conscious actions: excessive straining during exercise, while passing stool or other activities like irregularly lifting heavy weights. Other reasons may also result in swelling of veins such as gastrointestinal problems due to poor diet, obesity, pregnancy and a few other causes.
Piles are a treatable condition that can be cured within a few days without the need for medical assistance. However, some cases may need surgical and non-surgical intervention.
Surgical methods at BLK Max and Max Nanavati are performed when piles do not treat on their own, and non-surgical methods do not yield results or ease the discomfort.
Home Remedies for Piles Treatment
Home remedies are a major help when it comes to piles treatment. In medical conditions like piles, many people prefer feasible home remedies before visiting the doctor.
Here are some possible options for relief.
It is also part of non-surgical methods and is scientifically backed to show results. Patients are advised to soak in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes multiple times (2 to 3) daily. Gently pat on the area to dry and avoid scrubbing. The warm bath relaxes the anal sphincter, allowing increased blood flow to the tissues. It also reduces the pain, irritation, and itching, thus, promoting healing.
A well-balanced diet rich in fibre is recommended for better health. A patient can also treat piles through a fibre-rich diet. Various food grains, vegetables and fruits are recommended to increase the fibre intake. Fibre increases water retention in the intestines and decreases the pH levels, making the stool softer and easy to pass, thus reducing its time in the colon and allowing faster bowel movement. It subsequently helps less straining of the anal passage and provides more time to heal.
It is a fibre which is recommended based on the previous principle. It increases water retention making the stools softer and easing their passage. However, suddenly increasing the fibre content may do more harm than good if not recommended under a doctor’s guidance.
Dehydration due to low water intake is often the cause of constipation and stool hardening, which requires more strain while passing the stool. Liquid intake is beneficial for bowel movements through softening stool and benefits overall health.
However, it may induce frequent urination, which should be quickly passed rather than held. The latter is recommended to avoid as it may worsen the symptoms of haemorrhoids. Thus, patients must ensure sufficient water intake.
Aloe vera is known to hold many medicinal properties, including anti-inflammatory effects. It greatly helps to reduce the discomfort during piles. You can apply aloe vera two to three times a day, simply apply on the affected area and massage it gently. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash it. Besides, it also acts as an astringent, which means it contracts the tissues to prohibit fluid discharge. Applying pure gel on the affected part eases the discomfort and prevents swelling, itching and burning.
A patient can apply ice packs indirectly by wrapping them in a towel to avoid damaging the skin. The wrapped ice pack can be used for 15 minutes, as per the relief. It prevents tissue damage and reduces pain and swelling by shrinking the haemorrhoids. Thus, restricting blood flow to the affected area.
Wear comfortable clothes
Tight clothes on the lower body retain the sweat in the affected area, which increases moisture content. It is associated with infection buildup, which eventually results in irritation. Therefore, loose clothes that keep the anal area dry are recommended by doctors.
Practise good bathroom habits
Since the usual root cause of haemorrhoids is straining, it should be avoided to treat the condition. The other ways to pass the stool can be used, like walking, drinking water, regular exercise and physical activities rather than sitting on the toilet seat. Also, pass the bowels when the body indicates.
Waiting or holding the bowel will cause it to retract further, requiring more strain. The squatting position and good-quality toilet paper are recommended during the bowel movement. Also, hygiene is highly important to prevent infection.
The swollen veins in the anal passage get cured automatically without requiring medical intervention. However, in the case of discomfort, home remedies can help reduce the symptoms, thus assisting the pace of treatment.
Scientifically proven methods and simple lifestyle changes can improve health and reduce piles. A patient may require surgical intervention if they face severe pain, blood loss and other symptoms, according to the doctor’s suggestion.
Max Healthcare provides all the facilities for the perfect treatment of piles. BLK-Max and Nanavati-Max hold expertise in minimally invasive and severe surgical treatments, evidenced by the testimonials of treated and happy patients.