Piles (haemorrhoids) are swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus that cause discomfort and bleeding. The size of piles can vary and are found inside or outside the anus, explained doctors.
Usually the age group above 40 gets piles informed doctors. But “now-a-days, it is commonly seen in the youngsters, in the age group of 20 to 30. I see a lot of young patients on a daily basis,” said Dr Amol Wagh, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon and Assistant Professor at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals.
Dr Pratit Samdhani, General Physician from Jaslok Hospital informed, “Piles is affecting more and more youngsters because of bad lifestyle choices such as fast food and lack of exercise.”
According to Dr Gautam Bhansali, Consultant Physician at Bombay Hospital, smokers who feel that they cannot pass stool without smoking is also one of the causes of piles.
CAUSES AND PREVENTION
- The causes: Straining while passing a stool, due to sedentary lifestyle, obesity, stress, and consuming spicy food and due to the less water and fibre intake causes constipation which in turn leads to piles.
- Preventive measures: Up your water intake, consume high-fibre diet, avoid eating spicy food, try not to strain when you go to the toilet, be active and keep moving around, avoid sitting in the washroom for more than 7 minutes, avoid gaining weight and take up a physical activity. Taking a sitz bath – sitting in warm water to help relieve pain in your bottom or around your private parts can also relieve piles.
- Those who already have piles should identify whether it is grade 1, 2 or 3 and consult a physician or surgeon and take medications, laxative or ointments to stop the bleeding and pain or opt for a surgery.