Piles are another name for the condition known as hemorrhoids. They are often thought to be similar to varicose veins where a single vein in the leg for example becomes swollen.
Piles, however, are formed when the soft spongy pads that line the anal canal and aid in the movement of stool through the canal fall out of place. These soft spongy pads are laced with tiny vascular passageways that allow blood to circulate all through them.
When a pile or hemorrhoid forms, it is because one of these pads has begun to droop away from the wall of the anal canal where it is supposed to be and it falls toward the center of the canal.
As this happens it becomes swollen with excess blood. It is thrown into the pathway of passing stool it may bleed from the abrasion and can be pushed further down the canal even to the outside of the canal in more severe cases.
Because of the varying degrees of severity of the symptoms that people experience with their piles, doctors have classified the symptoms into four categories. They are as follows:
Grade 1 Piles: Swollen but not painful. Pile stays within the anal canal.
Grade 2 Piles: Can be pushed outside the canal by stool but retract on their own.
Grade 3 Piles: Must be pushed back into the canal by the patient.
Grade 4 Piles: Remain outside the canal and cannot be pushed back in.
Age is a big factor when it comes to piles. Although they can occur at any age, at around 50 years old the chances of experiencing a problem with piles is about 50% of the population.
Often, the experience we have with piles is of a temporary nature and the symptoms will decrease or go away within a few days. If care is not taken to remove or reduce the underlying causes of the piles formation, they can continue to develop and become very painful.
It is believed by some experts that elevated pressure in the veins caused by such things as constipation, straining to have a bowel movement, pregnancy, and just standing upright as we humans do can result in the formation of piles over time.
It is especially easy to become constipated these days because of the diet that we tend to eat. We often eat way less than the recommended amounts of dietary fiber, for example, which can lead to hard stool that is difficult to pass through the digestive tract.
Since constipation is one of the leading causes of elevated pressure in the anal canal, we need to take care to consume foods high in fiber.
Eating foods high in fiber,
including bran, shredded wheat, whole grain breads and certain fruits and
vegetables will help to provide the 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day recommended
for proper bowel function and can be helpful in your quest to cure piles.
The best cure for piles is one that can be as natural as possible and have the best ongoing success in keeping them from coming back.
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