Piles, also known as hemorrhoids, are swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum. They can cause pain, itching, bleeding, and discomfort. Piles are a common problem that affects many people, especially those who are over 50 years old, pregnant, obese, or have chronic constipation or diarrhea.
Piles are not dangerous, but they can be troublesome and embarrassing. Fortunately, there are some natural home remedies that can help you treat and prevent piles. Here are some of them:
Sitz bath: A sitz bath is a warm water bath that covers your anal area and genitals. It can help relax the muscles and reduce the inflammation and irritation of the piles. To do a sitz bath, fill a bathtub with warm water and sit in it for 15 minutes, three times a day. Pat dry the area gently after each bath.
Witch hazel: Witch hazel is a plant extract that has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help shrink the piles and relieve the itching and bleeding. To use witch hazel, soak a cotton ball in witch hazel solution and apply it to the affected area for a few minutes, four times a day.
Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil is an essential oil that has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help cleanse the anal area and soothe the inflammation and pain of the piles. To use tea tree oil, mix two to three drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of olive oil and soak a cotton ball in this blend. Apply it to the affected area for a few minutes, three times a day.
Aloe vera gel: Aloe vera gel is a natural substance that has healing and soothing properties. It can help reduce the irritation and inflammation of the piles. To use aloe vera gel, apply it directly to the external piles and let it sit for 15 minutes, three times a day.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is a healthy fat that has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help relieve the pain and speed up the healing process of the piles. To use coconut oil, apply it directly to the affected area with your fingers, three times a day.
These are some of the natural home remedies for piles that you can try at home. However, if your piles persist for more than a week or if you have severe bleeding or pain, you should consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. You should also avoid straining during bowel movements, sitting for long periods of time, eating spicy or processed foods, and lifting heavy objects. Instead, you should eat more fiber-rich foods, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly.
Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)
Internal Medicine Specialist
Phone : 85000 23456