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hi what is piles and how to cure with it?

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Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Piles is another name for hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are dilated blood vessels around the rectum. Avoiding constipation by eating a diet that is high in fiber and drinking plenty of water can keep the hemorrhoids from worsening. If they are severe you may need to see a surgeon to have them removed.
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Swollen veins: Piles (haemorrhoids) are swellings of veins that develop inside and around the back passage (anus). Symptoms range from temporary and mild, to persistent and painful. In many cases, piles are small and symptoms settle down without treatment. If required, treatment is usually effective. There are various treatment options, see link: http://patient.info/health/piles-haemorrhoids

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A 26-year-old member asked:

How can I alleviate piles?

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Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Avoid constipation: Eat fresh whole foods, grains, vegetables, fruits. Drink 6-8 glasses of plain water a day in addition to any other beverages you may be consuming. Brisk walk daily, 30 mins at least. Have a warm glass of water first thing in the morning. Avoid more than 1-2 cups caffeine/day, processed foods, white flour, excess cheese. Maintain a regular and consistent routine for meal times.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there effective over-the-counter medication to reduce a hemorrhoid outbreak?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: If you have a hemorrhoid problem and are helped by over the counter meds, you probably do not have a serious hemorrhoid problem. Prescription hemorrhoid meds help, but there is no substitute for proper dieet and fluid intake to treat or prevent hemorrhoid symptoms.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you have more than one hemorrhoid at a time?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Everyone has 3 internal hemorrhoids and numerous external hemorrhoidal veins. Any combination can involve either/or both internal and external hemorrhoids. Please get it checked by a specialist if you have concerns.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

How do you keep a hemorrhoid from bursting open and leaking puss?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Don't: Henmorrhoids rarely get infected. If a swelling near the anus burst and discharges purulence it is more likely a rectal abscess and may have a fistula associated with it, which may require surgery to prevent recurrence. See a colon and rectal surgeon for evaluation.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What does a hemorrhoid look like?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: External hemorrhoids are swollen tissue around the anus pink or red and soft but twender to touch. If it thomboses or clots, pain is increased and it will have apurple color and be firm/hard to the touch. If not sure what the swelling is, get an expert to evaluate and offer treatment options.

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