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This article was published on February 14, 2013, and was last updated on May 1st, 2019 in Hemorrhoid Banding.
Finding the right remedy for piles can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Depending on any number of factors, including diet and exercise level, body chemistry, location of the piles, skin condition, and the severity of the issue, you might find yourself trying a number of remedies before you find one that works for you. You should always keep in mind the fact that , while bleeding piles are very common, rectal bleeding is sometimes caused by more serious problems. For this reason, you should see your doctor for significant rectal bleeding, especially if you are at least 40 years old or have a history of colon cancer.
Fortunately, except for in the most extreme cases, most recommended remedies for piles used today are relatively painless and minimally invasive. Most people try some of the lower level, low-cost remedies first, only turning to more advanced measures if the condition persists. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the effective remedies for piles, along with a few notes on each.
In many cases, a change in diet and exercise level can be an effective remedy for piles. Generally, piles are caused by straining to move a bowel due to constipation, so mitigating factors that cause constipation can be an effective way to treat piles. Try adding more fiber to your diet, along with upping your intake of water. These both can be a way to soften the stool. Also, adding some exercise into your day can be an effective way to assist with constipation. If your issue persists, you might try adding a fiber supplement to your daily intake.
If your piles don’t go away with a change in diet, you may turn to a number of over-the-counter creams and home remedies. Many naturopaths recommend applying sesame oil, corn silk, or witch hazel to the affected area for temporary relief. You also might try chewing up 60mg of sesame seeds with a meal, drinking a mixture of hot milk and lemon juice several times a day, yams with rice and tamarind leaves, or candy coated in coriander juice. There are also a number of inorganic over-the-counter treatments such as Preparation H and Tucks that may be effective remedies for some piles.
One of the most popular remedies for piles available right now is rubber band ligation. Ligation involves a medical professional affixing a band to the affected tissue, cutting off blood to the area so the tissue dies, causing the tissue to eventually fall off during a bowel movement. There are several types of banding available, including traditional banding, endoscopic banding, and the CRH O’Regan System. Both traditional and endoscopic banding are effective remedies for piles, but offer considerably more pain and recovery time than the CRH O’Regan System. All must be performed by a licensed medical professional, but all can usually be performed during an office appointment, with differing recovery times.
Most treating physicians will avoid hemorrhoidectomy if possible, as the surgery usually involves a considerable amount of pain and recovery time. There are several kinds of hemorrhoidectomies available. If you would like to learn more about hemorrhoidectomy, consult with your doctor to learn about the different procedures available.
In more severe cases, doctors might recommend infrared coagulation (IRC) or ultroid therapy as remedies for piles. Both procedures are effective, but are considerably more expensive than most other remedies that are available. Sclerotherapy is a dated procedure that is rarely used anymore, as there are more effective and less painful options available now.
As you can see, there are a great number of remedies for piles available, each with their own pros and cons. Choosing the right one can be tricky, but with the guidance of a piles specialist and a little time educating yourself, you can be sure you can find a treatment that is right for you.