Question: I have bleeding piles; can you please tell me what are the causes and treatment for bleeding piles?
Answer: Piles are dilated veins in the rectum, often piles are referred as hemorrhoids. They are similar to dilated veins that you see on legs which are called varicose veins. Many people suffer from piles, especially women. Piles can be classified in two group viz internal and external piles.
There is a dentate line in anal canal; it is a separating point for two types of anal skin. The skin above the dentate line is not sensitive to pain.
Internal piles are not noticed, they develop above the dentate line and therefore they are usually painless. Internal piles usually bleed and if they get enlarged they may push out of anal canal from pressure while defecation.
External piles occur below the dentate line, they are felt as bunch of grapes. External piles are generally painful. External piles become distressful especially when the blood inside the veins clots. Bleeding occurs when the delicate walls of veins are extremely stretched due to pressure. Blood leaks out from the damaged veins. Aside from bleeding there may be associated pain and itching.
Once in a while bleeding may occur, but if there is persistent bleeding, patient may develop anemia due to blood loss.
What Is The Cause Of Bleeding Piles?
The most common cause of piles is chronic constipation. Excessive straining at stools results in increased abdominal pressure which in turn results in engorgement of the veins around the anus. This is manifested in the form of piles. Further, piles are also common during pregnancy and in cases of liver or bowel disorders.
Some other less frequent causes of piles include obesity, strenuous physical work, mental stress and anxiety. Rarely, anal intercourse may lead to piles. There may be an inherited tendency to develop piles. Piles usually occur in adults and the risk increases with growing age.
Diet And Natural Remedies For Bleeding Piles
Some of the simple home remedies for the management of piles are:
- Dry figs soaked overnight in warm water are considered to be one of the best remedies for management of piles. Soak about three to four figs at night and consume them first thing in the morning. Figs have the ability to stimulate peristaltic movement and aid in the excretion of feces.
- Powder of mango seeds is also considered to be effective in the management of piles. Dry the mango seeds and crush them to form a powder. Mix two grams of this powder with honey and consume it daily.
- Ginger has been found to be effective in the management of piles. Mix half teaspoon of ginger juice with fresh lime juice and some honey and consume it at least twice a day.
- Drink plenty of water and fluids.
- Eat vegetables and fruits as they are loaded with fibers. Fibers allow easy bowel movement and the person does not have to strain during bowel movement.
- If you are obese, try to reduce your weight. Exercise regularly as it is the easiest way to reduce weight. It also accelerates metabolism and increases blood circulation.
- To check bleeding piles, the easiest way is to consume boiled carrots with whey regularly.
- Homeopathic medicines Aloe and Hemamelis are beneficial for stop bleeding from hemorrhoids.
- Powder of dried flower of Mesua ferrea if taken with butter is known to immediately stop bleeding from piles.