Common Myths About Hemorrhoids (And Other Anorectal Diseases)

There are a lot of Hemorrhoid Myths that are present in society and mislead the common people. Hemorrhoid myths circulate mostly because people do not understand the condition. So, the best way to avoid myths is to understand the disease and the mechanism of its formation.

1. Piles can lead to CANCER

ABSOLUTELY NOT- There is no relationship between piles and cancer. However, the symptoms of piles, particularly bleeding, are similar to those of colorectal cancer and other diseases of the digestive system. Therefore, it is important that all symptom are investigated by a specialist doctor trained in treating anorectal diseases. Hemorrhoids are a problem in the veins while cancer is unhealthy cells. The correlation between the two is all wrong. Cancer is caused by cancer cells while hemorrhoids are caused by poor circulation to anal region. The poor circulation can be easily treated with exercise.

2. I eat plenty of fibre so I don't ever have to worry about hemorrhoids

Fact: While eating fibre is one of the best things you can do to help prevent hemorrhoids from developing, dietary habits are not the only factor involved. Toilet habits have plenty of influence over the formation of hemorrhoids. Avoid sitting for a long period of time or straining during a bowel movement. And in addition to continuing to eat plenty of fibre, be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water every day.

3. Piles Always Bleed

NO, ITS NOT TRUE. Everybody on this planet has some degree of hemorrhoids. It all depends on an individual's dietary habits and lifestyle whether these hemorrhoids shows their presence or not. But once it starts bleeding you should seek advice from an expert to know about the extent of your disorder.

4. Any type of piles can be cured in just one injection

ABSOLUTELY NO, There are so many quacks (unqualified persons) giving advertisements claiming that they can cure any type of piles in just one injection. They are doing nothing but fooling innocent and uneducated patients. They are talking about sclerotherapy which can be used only in starting stage of internal hemorrhoids. It plays no role in treating 3rd and 4th grade hemorrhoids or external hemorrhoids or any other disorder like fissure and fistula.

These quacks are trying to fool uneducated, unaware and poorly informed patients by saying that if they do not opt for this treatment then your piles may convert into cancer or they frightened the patients in one or another way. Beware of these kind of advertisements and dont ever trust these quacks in any way.

Moreover, medicine they are using for sclerotherapy is an acid, which should be used in very low percentage of solution (about only 5% of phenol in almond oil). It has been seen that these people use this acid in a very higher percentage (40-50%) which may show some immediate relief but after some time, due to this heavy dose, patients begin to feel many side effects. A lot of newer and safer drugs has been introduced for sclerotherapy to make it safer for the patients.

Don't rely on fake advertisements and chose a qualified doctor.

5. Piles can be cured by just three doses of special medicine

ABSOLUTELY NO, Again it is a mode of fake advertisement to raise medical business used by some medicine companies, quacks and by some qualified doctors as well. Taking medicines is not a bad option, but always keep it in mind that by using medicines we can only suppress the symptoms of hemorrhoids like bleeding and pain for a time being. It is not a cure to your disease. There is no divine medicine (bhabhoot) to solve your problem.

Yes, there are a lot of medicines that are available to help you in hemorrhoid. But, every patient is different . Medicine can help only if taken in a wisely manner. So the best option is to get a check-up by a specialist to get to know about the type and extent of your disease. Listen to the options available for you and then chose wisely.


6. Kshar Sutra Therapy for Piles is Always Very Painful and Prolonged

NO, If kshar sutra therapy is given in starting stages, treatment is usually with minimal post procedural pain and minimal bed rest is required. If the condition has become worse because of ignorance then the treatment may be painful, although, exact information about post procedural pain and approximate duration of treatment will be explained by your doctor, after examining your disease.

7. Cure of Piles is Not Possible, every Doctor is Fooling their Patients to make Money

False, Many people around you may scare you to think that hemorrhoids are permanent and cannot be treated. The fact is, they are very treatable and also preventable. Those who continuously get hemorrhoids are simply not taking care of their problem that makes them emerge repeatedly. In most of the cases poor diet and bad lifestyle is most likely the suspect. Mode of treatment may vary for different patients according to their actual condition.

You may start by taking some medicines prescribed by a qualified doctor (dont do self medication or go after advertisement medicines). Medicines do help in starting stages, but if medicines don't give appropriate results and you don't want to go for a surgery then there are a lot of options available before an actual Major Surgery.

Kshar sutra therapy is one of the best solution for patients who don't want to opt for a major surgery. It is a very effective and safe mode of treatment.

So, piles and other anal diseases are completely curable and treatable.

8. Piles can happen only in old aged people..??

The most misleading hemorrhoid myths state only old people get hemorrhoids and this again is false information.

  • Any person of any age is susceptible to hemorrhoids.
  • Veins can lose circulation on anyone that doesn't eat right, exercise enough, sits too long, or is pregnant.
  • They can be treated and prevented very easily with healthy habits and some ointment from the store if need be.

9. I will get rid of Hemorrhoid for the whole life if i chose for surgery

No hemorrhoid surgery or even Kshar Sutra Therapy can guarantee that you wont have the hemorrhoids coming back again. Hemorhoids can and do come back- for 10% to 20% of people having hemorrhoid surgery or Kshar sutra Therapy, in most of the cases hemorrhoids will return in the first 12 months. This is partly because hemorrhoids are often a life style factor involving poor diet, little exercise, too much alcohol, too much coffee, not enough water and or anal sex. Keep in mind that even that even though there is recurrence in few cases, the success rate of Kshar Sutra Therapy and similar type procedures are quite well. Some webmasters appear to be overestimating the failure rate - perhaps to sell you something worth more to them than the truth is...? So , never go after internet articles or advertisements and always consult an expert.