5 things you didn’t know about piles
I have 3rd or 4th piles. Must I have surgery?
Treatment of piles is actually based on symptoms. There is no risk of piles turning into cancer, so treat the piles only if they bother you.
The treatment options mentioned is for definitive treatment of the piles. Frequently, symptoms of pain or bleeding from 3rd or 4th degree piles can be treated with medication. This relieves the symptoms, but do not “cure” the piles. However, as long as the piles do not cause any problems, it is acceptable to leave it alone.
Is it true that if piles is not treated, in the long term, it can become cancerous?
Piles do NOT ever turn into cancer. Piles are swollen blood vessels in the anus. Colon or rectal cancer develops from the inner lining (mucosa) of the colon or rectum.
A reason for this is that both piles and colorectal cancer can cause bleeding. There are people who self diagnose themselves to have hemorrhoids when they first see bleeding. They then self medicate, and when the bleeding persists, they seek medication and are eventually diagnosed to have colorectal cancer. They then have the misconception that their piles has turned into cancer. However, the more likely scenario is that the initial bleeding was from the cancer and not from hemorrhoids.
Can piles be caused by sitting on hot surfaces?
The temperature of a surface on which you sit does not cause piles/haemorrhoids, nor does it have any impact on those who are currently suffering from the condition. It doesn't matter what the temperature of the seat is, it is the sitting for long periods that increases your risk.
Is piles/haemorrhoids an old person's condition?
Haemorrhoids can affect the young too and are not just a factor of age. Although the risk increases with age, as your bodies supporting tissues get weaker, making the condition more prevalent in older people. However, it can affect individuals of any age, triggered by factors such as excessive straining during bowel movements and from chronic diarrhoea or constipation. It can also affect those in the latter stages of pregnancy or those who have just been through labour.
Can spicy and exotic foods can cause piles?
There is no evidence to suggest haemorrhoids can be caused by hot, spicy or exotic foods. However, these foods may cause stomach upset which can create increased discomfort for those with haemorrhoids when passing stools and in some cases, can contribute to diarrhoea which can be painful during a flare-up.