Three times spurt in piles, fissure cases among 15-50 year olds amid pandemic: Doctors


Problems of piles, fissure in anus, and fistula have been more and more seen in folks amid the pandemic, stated consultants, including that sedentary life-style through the lockdowns, which in flip led to a rise in numerous gastric issues are a few of the causes. This, coupled with a low-fibre food regimen and extra consumption of ayurvedic kadhas, result in extreme burning of the anus and circumstances like piles and fissures in the age group of 15-50 years, consultants added.

Dr Laxman Salve, marketing consultant proctologist and laparoscopic surgeon, Apollo Spectra Hospital, Mumbai, stated, “Sedentary lifestyle led to indigestion, bloating of the abdomen, gastritis, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, constipation and dehydration. Likewise, an intake of a low-fibre diet and having ayurvedic kadhas which mainly contains different spices, without the supervision of an expert leads to loose motions, burning and swelling of the anus and even bleeding in some cases. Self-medication and mis-diagnosis over online consultation can lead to a wrong treatment and patients may suffer from drug-induced diarrhoea or constipation. Furthermore, this can also aggravate piles. All these conditions led to a spurt in the number of cases of piles, fissures and fistula in the age group of 15-50 years,” he stated.

Hemorrhoids (piles) causes the veins in the anus and decrease rectum to swell up, whereas fissures may be termed as a tear in the liner of 1’s anus resulting in ache whereas passing movement. Coronavirus lockdown led to 3 times rise in piles and fissures, says Dr Roy Patankar, director and gastroenterologist, Zen Multispecialty Hospital Chembur.

“Piles and fissures problems were commonly seen among patients amid pandemic. While chronic constipation, lifting heavy objects, straining during bowel movements, and eating processed foods can worsen one’s condition, even eating spicy food can irritate your anus causing rectal bleeding. Lack of physical exercise and inadequate fibre consumption are other possible causes. Around 10 per cent of those affected underwent surgery. One needs to stay away from spicy foods, cheese, laxative, alcohol and caffeine,” stated Dr Patankar.

When in comparison with males, girls in the age group of 15 to 30 years have been discovered to have extra incidences.

Females are naturally extra susceptible to such circumstances as a result of the feminine pelvis is much less properly supported than the male pelvis. Younger females largely endure due to lack of water and fibre in their food regimen, whereas girls in later years endure primarily due to being pregnant and parturition, as per Dr Salve. “The ratio of females suffering from these conditions is 60 per cent to 40 per cent of males. Those patients having suffered piles or fissures saw a recurrence of their problems during the lockdown owing to improper diet and inactivity. Delay in seeking treatment can result in worsening of such conditions,” he defined.

However, medical doctors stated that the great half is 70 per cent of such folks may be handled with life-style and dietary modifications, with solely about 30 per cent prone to require surgical procedure to handle the situation.

“Drink enough water to avoid dehydration, constipation, flatulence. Eat fermented foods like idli, dosa in moderate portions, curd and even buttermilk as they contain good gut bacteria which promotes a healthy gut. Have dinner early by around 8 pm, exercise daily or walk around the house after dinner or go for early morning walks to avoid indigestion, acidity and constipation. Say no to maida products like biscuits, cakes, khari, pizza, pasta and even noodles,” stated Dr Salve.

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