Piles also known as “hemorrhoids” are a common health issue in Nigeria affecting well over one and a half million people yearly. Piles are simply swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus that cause discomfort and bleeding. Piles are usually caused by straining during bowel movements, obesity or pregnancy. Because of the sensitive nature of Piles, a lot of myths about it are popular and often shared erroneously. So today we’ll go over some of these myths, and the actual facts as they apply to Piles
“Only older people get piles”
Piles can affect people of all ages, not just older adults. While the risk of developing piles tends to increase with age, they can occur in young adults and even children. Lifestyle factors such as diet, physical activity, obesity and straining on the toilet can also influence the development of piles.
“Piles are always painful”
Piles can be painful, but they are not always painful. There are two main types of piles: internal and external. Internal hemorrhoids are often painless and may go unnoticed until they cause bleeding during bowel movements. External hemorrhoids, on the other hand, can be painful, especially if they become inflamed.
“Piles are caused by spicy foods”
Spicy or peppery foods do not directly cause piles. However, a diet high in spicy foods can lead to digestive issues, including diarrhea or constipation, which can contribute to the development or worsening of piles. It’s more about overall dietary habits and not just spicy foods.
“Piles are contagious”
Piles are not contagious. They are a medical condition caused by internal or external swelling of the blood vessels around the anus or rectum. You cannot “catch” piles from someone else through physical contact, sharing personal effects, or any other means.
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