Bleeding piles are caused when the delicate anal tissue and hemorrhoidal veins become swollen and irritated. Both external and internal piles can start to bleed. Quite often, internal piles are unnoticed until they start bleeding. Blood on the toilet paper or in the toilet bowl may be the first sign that you have piles..
Inflammation of the veins and tissue around the anus and inside the anus can cause bleeding to occur. It is possible to treat bleeding piles at home depending on the severity of the bleeding. It is very important to treat a bleeding pile as soon as you become aware of it to avoid it becoming enlarged and painful. In the case of bleeding which is heavy, severe pain, or if the pile is protruding, as in the case of prolapsed piles, a doctor should be consulted for treatment.
Remedies for bleeding piles
For immediate, short-term relief, there are products which contain corticosteroids which constrict the veins and can help to reduce bleeding and itching. Witch hazel, Vaseline, and aloe vera applied directly onto the pile are also effective, soothing home remedies for external bleeding piles.
It may help to avoid eating foods which are spicy and increase the amount of fiber you are eating. Increase the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet and consider adding a fiber supplement. Try to drink around six to eight glasses of water a day and avoid alcohol as well as sodas, and drinks containing caffeine.
To reduce itching and irritation, it is important to keep the anal area clean and dry. If you must use toilet paper, moisten it first to make it less harsh, or better still use a wet wipe as this will make wiping less painful. Make sure you dry the area well, by patting or using hot air from a hair dryer.
Soaking in warm baths both cleanse and soothe inflamed piles.
If possible wear loose, cotton underwear. This will help to promote dryness and won’t cause further irritation by chaffing the raw area. If you are worried about bloodstains showing through clothing a thin sanitary pad can be worn discretely and may give peace of mind.
Though the area may itch, it is very important that you avoid scratching as this may cause further bleeding and inflammation. Scratching doesn’t give relief and can set up a cycle of constant itch and scratch that is very difficult to break.
A doughnut-shaped foam pillow to make sitting easier can also help to give relief.
If you suffer from bleeding piles for more than a few days, it is important to seek medical advice.