What is Piles – Tips to Treat Piles at Home

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Piles are hemorrhoids. They are swollen and inflamed veins in the anus and rectum. There are two types of piles, internal and external. Internal piles are inside the rectum and external piles are just below the skin around the anus. 75 percent of people in the United States get piles. Piles usually affect people between the ages of 45 to 65. Piles are painful, irritating, and cause a great deal of discomfort. Having them checked by a doctor can also be embarrassing. Here are tips on the home treatments to try out to be free from those piles in a natural way.

Change Your Diet

Changing your diet is the first and most important thing you can do to treat piles. Make sure you have enough fiber in your diet. Sources of fiber are beans, whole grain bread, whole grain cereals, fresh fruits, and fresh vegetables. Other sources of fiber are whole grain products like oats, barley, brown rice, and buckwheat. If you can’t acquire these foods or are not allowed to consume them due to other reasons, opt for a supplement. Other ways to improve your diet are consuming a teaspoon of olive oil every day.

Get Hydrated

You must also keep yourself hydrated. Drink eight to ten glasses of water. Prune juice can also help ease the symptoms of piles. You can also try mixing half a lemon into a cup of hot milk and drink it every three hours. Alternatively, mix a one-half teaspoon each of lemon juice, ginger juice, mint juice and honey together and drink it every day. Another drink you can drink to treat piles is a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar mixed into a glass of water. Drink it twice daily and add honey if you want to make it taste better.

Keep Moving

Movement helps in bowel movement and good bowel movement help reduce the symptoms of piles. Take aerobic exercises regularly. Do brisk walking for twenty to thirty minutes each day. For a fun piles treatment without surgery, you can try dancing. You can also try the new, popular form of exercise: Zumba dancing. Zumba dancing sessions are usually taken in huge groups and in public places, but you can also buy DVDs for Zumba dancing. There are also free playlists on YouTube that you can dance to from your house, teaching you to do Zumba dancing to a wide variety of popular beats.

Apply Something Frozen

A common and simple home treatment for piles is ice. Get a small pack of ice and wrap it in a cloth. Apply it directly on the affected area for about 10 minutes. Do this several times a day until the piles go away. This treatment is highly recommended because the ice will constrict the blood vessels and reduce the swelling. There is an immediate relief from the pain after application, but this relief is short-term so make sure to apply again after some time. You can also do this with frozen vegetables like peas and corn in place of the ice. Wrap them in a tea towel and apply for 20 minutes. Do this three times a day.

Try Witch Hazel

Soak a cotton in undistilled witch hazel and apply the cotton on the piles. Do this at least three times a day. You can also use medicated pads that contain witch hazel. These pads are moist and can be used instead of a toilet paper. Try over-the-counter creams with witch hazel also. Witch hazel is a mild astringent that has several healing properties. It removes the discomforts that are brought about by piles. It shrinks inflamed blood vessels. It relieves pain, swelling, and itching. It can protect the anus from further irritation and microorganisms.

More Tips


Other home treatments for piles are good toilet habits. Try to go to the loo at the same time every day. Don’t force yourself to go when you don’t need to and don’t hold it in either. Another home treatment for piles is a warm bath. You can also try changing your position when you are in the loo. If all else fails, go to the hospital. If your piles keep recurring and lead to severe bleeding, go to the hospital right away.

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