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Pilex (Patient Information leaflet)

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If you are experiencing bleeding and/or pain after passing stools, you could be suffering from piles (also called haemorrhoids). Consult your doctor for further advice.

What are piles (hemorrhoids)? Piles are a condition known and described for centuries. Piles are dilated blood vessels in the rectal mucosa, which form a mass in the anal canal. They are medically known as hemorrhoids. Are classified as internal or external hemorrhoids. How common are piles? Piles are common in both men and women. Those exposed to improper dietar y habits, sedentar y lifestyle, etc. have a greater incidence of piles. According to a recent health estimate, over 40% of the people world wide suffer from piles and as many as 40% of the population have experienced symptoms of this disease sometime in life. In India, approximately 80% of sufferers are in the age group of 21 50 years. Piles are also seen among pregnant women. What are the causes of piles? It is said that piles are a natural consequence of adoption of erect posture by mankind. Chronic constipation, obesity, improper dietary habits, and liver diseases are some of the contributory factors for piles. Factors such as family history, temperament, climate, age, sex, pregnancy, and suppression of hemorrhage in other areas have also been held responsible. Other factors include irritation of the anal canal, lack of normal tone in anal sphincters, cancer of the rectum, and the continuous use of pessaries and suppositories. What are the symptoms of piles? The main symptoms of piles are swelling and irritation in or around the rectum. Pain, itching, and bleeding also occur while passing stools. Bleeding from the anus is a common symptom in severe piles. The blood is bright red and not mixed with stools. It occurs from local injury to the dilated blood vessels of the rectum. Some patients may complain of rectal fullness, mucus discharge, and prolapse of the pile mass. How to manage/treat piles?

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Pilex (Patient Information leaflet)

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There are many view points for the treatment of piles. A common outdoor treatment is sclerotherapy, wherein a chemical solution is injected around the dilated blood vessel to shrink the pile mass. This treatment is unsuited for prolapsed and larger piles. Cryotherapy is another outdoor form of treatment where freezing is done to shrink the pile mass. The disadvantages are discomfort, swelling, discharge, and pus. Rubber bandaging of large pile mass is also done. But, this can result in ulcers (non-healing wounds), and constriction around the periphery of the pile mass. Routine surgical removal of piles is also done. But, this is associated with a great deal of post-operative pain and requires hospitalization for 7-10 days. Sitting in a shallow bath of warm water for 15 minutes reduces the pain. Ice packs are also used to reduce the swelling. Relatively minor piles can be treated by applying cream or ointment to the affected area, which relieves pain and swelling, controls bleeding, helps to shrink the pile mass and thus hastens the healing process. How to help yourself prevent piles? Piles can be prevented by adopting a healthier lifestyle. Have high-fiber foods like green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grain cereals (eg. wheat, barley, oats, corn, rice etc). Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day. Establish regular bowel habits and avoid constipation. Avoid spicy food, alcohol, coffee and tea, which irritate and aggravate piles. Try to reduce weight if you are obese, with regular exercise and diet control. Avoid prolonged sitting or standing positions as it puts pressure on the anorectal region. Wear loose-fitting clothing and undergarments made from natural materials such as cotton. Now that you are informed about piles and how to overcome them, it is essential to realize that piles are a medical concern. Piles are a fairly common clinical problem, which cause great inconvenience in day-to-day activities. Piles can be treated surgically, but the results are not always satisfactory and recurrence may occur.

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Pilex (Patient Information leaflet)

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Extensive research and testing on herbal ingredients by Himalaya have resulted in an effective, safe and economical remedy, Pilex, which resolves the pain and discomfort due to piles, minimizes recurrence and improves the quality of life. Pilex tablet has anti-inflammatory action that reduces swelling of the veins & capillaries, and promotes faster healing of piles. If you are experiencing bleeding and/or pain after passing stools, you could be suffering from piles also called hemorrhoids). Pilex ointment has analgesic and anti-infective actions that relieve pain, control bleeding faster and heal the inflamed skin. We hope this information gives you a clear understanding of piles and help you manage this condition better. The above information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor before taking any medicine

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