Why you shouldn’t shy away from discussing piles with your Doctor?

July 13, 2017

When about 80% of Indians are said to develop piles during their lifetime, piles ceases to become an embarrassing issue. Instead, it becomes a reason for concern. Continue reading to understand what exactly piles are and why you shouldn’t be quiet about them.

Haemorrhoids or piles occur when the blood vessels inside the bottom (rectum) or around the bottom (anus) swell up due to excessive pressure on them. That is why pregnant women, people with obesity and constipation are often easily prone to this condition. Bright blood in stool, itchy bottom, a protuberance or bulge outside the anus, redness on the exterior of the anus and mucus discharge in the stool are the common symptoms of piles. Since they are related to swollen blood vessels, bleeding hemorrhoids is the most characteristic sign. Mostly, they are not life-threatening but overlooking these symptoms can be risky.

Firstly, if you don’t consult a doctor at an early stage, the symptoms can aggravate and lead to excruciating pain. The pain can trigger while visiting the loo, sitting, etc. Secondly, if the bleeding gets severe, it can lead to anemia. Thirdly, if the swelling intensifies, it can lead to poor blood circulation and blood clots in the anal muscles. In extreme cases, this situation can eventually result in infections and gangrene. Fourthly and most importantly, the symptoms of piles are often similar to other anal ailments. That is why not consulting the doctor and assuming the symptoms to be that of piles can be dangerous.

Apart from this, pain and bleeding while passing a stool are also symptoms of anal fissures. Fissure is a tear or an injury in the anus and fissure treatment differs from piles treatment. Likewise, a sharp pain in the bottom can also be indicative of an anal or rectal abscess (a small boil or lump with infectious mucus in it). Such abscesses need to be cured to avoid the infection to spread. But what you may have not anticipated is that the fatal risk of assuming the aforesaid symptoms to pile can prevent you from detecting colorectal cancer at its early stage. Yes, bleeding while passing stool is also a major sign of bowel or colorectal cancer and not just piles. Therefore, ignoring anal bleeding due to shame and embarrassment can lead to death.

No wonder it’s said that “From your confessor, lawyer and physician, hide not your case on no condition.” When it comes to your health there is nothing embarrassing and shameful. Moreover, doctors are used to examining the human body, top to bottom, on a daily basis, so you have nothing to be worried or ashamed of. Consult a doctor for piles at Apollo Spectra Hospital, today.