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A 24-year-old female asked:

what are the causes of piles and how it can be treated?

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Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Piles: Haemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels of the rectum. It's likely that extreme abdominal pressure causes the veins to swell and become susceptible to irritation. The pressure can be caused by obesity, pregnancy, standing or sitting for long periods, straining on the toilet, coughing, sneezing, vomiting, and holding your breath while straining to do physical labor.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Provided original answer
Treatments include extra fiber, extra fluids to prevents dehydration, stool softeners, and sometimes surgical options.
Aug 24, 2013
Dr. Kirpal Singh
General Surgery 24 years experience
Increased pressure : Piles are normal blood vessels around the anus that get distended (engorged) with increased intra abdominal pressure. This is usually due to constipation, lifting, pregnancy, prolonged sitting or standing etc. Treatment is avoiding constipation.W lots of water and fiber.
Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Hemorrhoid a: Hemorrhoids which are dilated veins around anal region, is only seen in human beings. It is thought to be because we walk erect compared to other mammals .One of the common causes of hemorrhoids is long standing. Constipation. Treatment is basically avoiding constipation preparation h cream helps, in severe cases surgery has to be done.

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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 31-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to use hemorrhoid medication even if you're unsure that it is a hemorrhoid?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Short term treatment is ok, but if they dont respond or keep recurring they should be thoroughly evaluated to be sure you have the correct diagnosis. Too many people self treat for years only to find out too late that they have been treating a rectal or anal cancer with hemorrhoid creams. They dont work for cancer!
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the best hemorhoid treatment?

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Dr. Jason Bodzin
General Surgery 51 years experience
Short stay bathroom: Hemorrhoids are often caused by straining at he stool for prolonged times. The simple way to get rid of them is to not read magazines or similar activities while on the toilet. 1-2 minutes should be enough. If the hemorrhoids are caused by pregnancy, they should disappear or become asymptomatic after delivery. The main treatment is to avoid straining.

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