What Are Piles?

Are piles the same as hemorrhoids?
Piles and hemorrhoids are terms that are often used interchangeably. Most of the time piles refers to hemorrhoids that are very painful.

4 Facts about Piles:

Millions of men and women are afflicted with piles. Up to half the U.S. population between the ages of 45 and 65 has dealt with them at some time or another. Pregnant women, truck drivers, and those lifting heavy weights are just a few of the types of people prone to piles.

Piles are found internal or external to the anal canal and can be large or small. They can bleed, become itchy and inflamed, dangle outside of the anus, swell and cause a lot of pain. Sometimes they can cause a mucus discharge or leave you feeling like you haven’t had a complete bowel movement.

Piles are sometimes treatable with home remedies for symptomatic relief, or until you can see a doctor. Minor surgery is often performed as a more permanent treatment to keep them from coming back.

Many people have successfully eliminated hemorrhoids by changing diet, increasing fiber and water, and exercising more. However, even with lifestyle changes, piles may continue to be problematic. For some individuals they are a source of stress due to the constant pain they experience daily.

If you have piles or exhibit any of the symptoms listed above, contact a physician who treats them. The physician will perform a rectal examination and discuss the right treatment plan for you. Depending on the severity of your situation, they may suggest a minor, in-office surgical procedure to relieve your symptoms.

Piles are a very treatable condition. The earlier they are detected the better.