Can piles cause fistula?
Hemorrhoids and fistula
Let’s briefly understand the essence of hemorrhoids and fistula. Hemorrhoids refers to swollen blood vessels that develop around the anal area, manifesting as itching, pain, and discomfort.
In contrast, a fistula represents an abnormal passageway that forms between an infected gland inside the anus and the surrounding skin, causing frequent abscesses and drainage problems.
Common risk factors
Hemorrhoids and fistulas have several common risk factors that contribute to their possible correlation. For example :-
- Chronic constipation
- Both conditions develop from excessive pressure on the veins of the rectum when sitting for long periods of time.
They may inadvertently aggravate existing hemorrhoids, leading to the formation of fistulas over time.
Infection and fistula formation
One of the most important factors in the development of fistula is infection. If hemorrhoids are not treated, it can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, leading to infections in the anal area.
If this infection reaches the glands, the chances of fistula formation are high. It is important to emphasize the importance of seeking medical help for hemorrhoids to prevent this sequence of events.
Given the possible link between piles and fistula, it becomes important to take preventive measures to reduce the risk.
- Maintaining a fiber-rich diet
- Drinking lots of fluids and
- Regular exercise can help control bowel movements
- Due to which the tension on the nerves of the rectum can be reduced.
Practicing good hygiene and avoiding excessive wiping can also prevent the spread of infection and consequent fistula formation.
Medical advances provide many effective treatment options for both hemorrhoids and fistulas.
- For hemorrhoids, conservative measures such as topical ointments, suppositories, and lifestyle modifications can reduce symptoms.
In more severe cases, procedures such as rubber band ligation or surgical intervention may be necessary.
On the other hand, fistulas often require surgical intervention to remove the underlying infection and establish proper drainage.
Hemorrhoids and fistula are in fact closely related, with piles acting as a precursor to potential fistula formation if left untreated. Recognizing common risk factors, understanding the mechanisms involved, and adopting preventive measures are essential to safeguard one’s health.
If you suspect hemorrhoids or experience any associated symptoms, do not hesitate to consult a health care professional for accurate diagnosis and proper management.