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Piles; to see the doctor or not

Most hemorrhoid symptoms, such as mild itching or mild pain, can usually be treated at home with over-the-counter remedies. Anytime you have bleeding, feel a lump in the anus, or have rectal pain, you should see a doctor. If your symptoms are not improving with fiber supplements, an increase in water intake, over-the-counter pain relievers, or a warm bath, then schedule an appointment. Untreated internal hemorrhoids can cause bleeding. External hemorrhoids can cause thrombosis [blood clotting], which gives way to severe pain from hemorrhoidal strangulation.

Source of fiber includes : Legumes, such as split peas, lentils, black beans, lima beans, and baked beans, Whole grains, such as barley, bran flakes, oatmeal, and brown rice, Vegetables, such as artichoke, green peas, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts, Fruits, such as raspberries, pears, apples, and bananas. When you have to go, go to the toilet and do not suppress the urge. This is one of the simplest ways to prevent hemorrhoids. Avoid straining at stools. Be cautious on use of laxatives; avoid stimulant type of drugs, use isbgol or similar drugs that give you bulk.

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