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This article was published on February 11, 2013, and was last updated on May 1st, 2019 in Hemorrhoid Banding.
If you have bleeding piles, you’re probably pretty freaked out, but there is good news. The condition is usually able to be simply treated without surgery or without missing work. Rectal bleeding can be caused by more serious conditions, however, so you should consider seeing your doctor for this problem, especially if you are at least 40 years old or have a family history of colon cancer.
Bleeding piles are mostly an annoyance, although they can be painful. Fortunately, if you have bleeding piles, there are a lot of things you can do for immediate relief. Below, we go through a number of the options for immediate relief from bleeding piles.
Home remedies might be the quickest and cheapest way to stop piles from bleeding, though the relief will probably only be temporary. There are a number of home remedies including apple cider vinegar, sitz baths, epsom salts, that are available over the counter for the immediate relief of bleeding piles, so finding the right one for you may take some trial and error. There are different remedies for each of the types of hemorrhoids, so for the most effective approach, make sure the remedy is recommended for your particular issue. Try applying sesame oil directly to the external piles for quick relief from bleeding. If your bleeding piles are internal, you can try drinking hot milk and lemon juice three times per day, or you can eat a yam and rice with tamarind leaves, or sugar candy coated in coriander juice. Each of these three home remedies is supposed to stop internal bleeding piles. You might also try the ever-popular sitz baths if the above do not work for you. Again, I don’t know if we should have the sesame oil and foo-foo dust stuff in a blog that we publish. Fiber, fluids, sitz baths, limiting time on the commode are safe things to recommend.
If your bleeding piles don’t respond to home remedies, you may seek out a hemorrhoids doctor in your area for further treatment. There are a number of procedures that can be performed in a doctor’s office in a matter of minutes, the most-recommended being rubber band ligation. With ligation, a small rubber band is gently placed at the base of the affected piles, cutting off circulation and eventually, the tissue itself. It’s virtually painless and minimally invasive. You might also seek out IRC, or infrared coagulation, from a doctor. This procedure uses a laser-like light to “burn” the bleeding piles. Also relatively painless, IRC has been shown to require more treatments and have a higher recurrence rate than does rubber band ligation.
Only in the most extreme cases of bleeding piles should someone consider surgical options. Surgery for piles is usually only attempted if other treatments haven’t worked. Much more invasive and painful, surgical treatment of bleeding piles should be used as a “last resort” if the lesser treatments are not successful.