Can piles kill you? No, they cannot. Well, everyone who has piles or had it in the past knows that it’s quite painful and discomforting but piles don’t always cause pain or symptoms. However, if you have bleeding during a bowel movement, lump in or around your anus, or slimy discharge of mucus from the anal canal.
To make you understand the prevalence of piles, here’s a fact backed by data, piles affect over 26 million Indians at any given time but are not life-threatening. If you notice significant blood loss, that could be a sign of colorectal cancer or a digestive disorder.
What are the possible complications of piles?
Also, there is a complication is associated with piles, Thrombosed Hemorrhoids. They aren’t dangerous but can cause severe pain and inflammation. If it becomes too full of blood, hemorrhoid can burst. If this happens, you will feel severe rectal pain and may see blood and pus at the anus. You will need urgent surgery to prevent further complications, such as the death of the affected tissue and infection.
Internal hemorrhoids don’t hurt but may bleed painlessly. A prolapsed or external hemorrhoid may go back inside your rectum on its own. Also, you can gently push it back inside. If left untreated, hemorrhoids can prolapse out of the anus to cause irritation, bleeding and several other complications. Only when they bulge out of the anal canal, internally or externally, that they cause a lot of discomfort and complications.
In several cases, hemorrhoids that are small may clear up without any treatment within a few days. Large, engorged hemorrhoids may take a bit longer to heal and may cause discomfort and pain. If hemorrhoids don’t go away within a few days, it is best to consult a proctologist for further treatments or more advanced treatments.
Also read: Can Piles Lead to Cancer?
Is it possible to control piles bleeding?
Bleeding from the rectum or anal canal is the most common symptom that both rectal cancer & hemorrhoids have in common. Hemorrhoids inflict the symptom of itching in the rectal and anal area while rectal cancers usually do not. Also, in many cases, Internal hemorrhoids can push through the anal opening. Sometimes these swollen veins remain prolapsed or they become permanent. But for many people, they become permanent.
To help relieve the pain & bleeding, you can apply an over-the-counter hemorrhoid cream or use pads containing witch hazel or a numbing agent. You should soak regularly in a warm bath or sitz bath; soak your anal area in plain warm water 10 to 15 minutes two to three times a day or after a bowel movement.
Is it possible to cure piles?
The condition is very common, affecting around 1 in 20 people in India. There are two types of hemorrhoids, depending on the presence in the anal canal. External hemorrhoids form under the skin & internal hemorrhoids form within the lining of the anus and lower rectum.
The doctor may recommend treatments or run tests to rule out underlying causes. Also, people with severe hemorrhoids condition may need more intensive treatment, including medical procedures. These procedures may include:
- Rubber band ligation: It is the most common nonsurgical procedure for removing hemorrhoids.
- Sclerotherapy: A doctor injects a chemical medication into hemorrhoid to shrink it. Doctors may use light, heat, or freezing temperatures to achieve this.
- Surgical removal: Doctors only recommend in cases where hemorrhoids do not respond to at-home or in-office methods
- LASER piles treatment: This is the best treatment for piles as it works on all stages of piles and has a high success rate.
Laser hemorrhoid surgery ablates swollen blood vessels inside or around the anus and rectum. Surgeries aim to restrict the blood supply or remove hemorrhoid. It heals faster than any piles surgery and patient become able to continue regular activities within a week.
Why is recovery faster in LASER treatment?
For people who get hemorrhoids regularly, some dietary and lifestyle changes may help with healing and prevention. But may take more time to completely away. Surgical procedures that use a laser to ablate the tissue is a minimally invasive procedure. It heals within a week as it is a minimally invasive treatment, includes fewer incisions, and deliver long-term results.