BUJA – A surgeon, Dr Ikechukwu Amadi, on Thursday in Abuja advised the Nigerians to seek medical help if they had pile, saying this could be a sign of more serious medical condition.
Amadi, who is Senior Registrar General, National Hospital, Abuja, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that this was important for the promotion of healthy lifestyle.
“Among middle-aged individuals or the elderly, the pile will usually be a sign of a more serious problem along the gastrointestinal tract; around the tract through which faeces passes.
“It may be something that is showing us an ideal that there is a tumour around the colon; the big bowel.
“In such individuals pile will not be taken lightly because it may be that there is a tumour close to the anus that is forcing those vessels to dilate and push down to form pile.
“So when a middle-aged individual or an elderly person begins to have pile, he should consult a specialist who will be able to evaluate him.
Amadi said that pile could be prevented by taking high fibre diet and plenty of water, also seeking early medical attention.
“In an attempt to prevent pile, one may need to take high fibre diet containing a lot of fruits and vegetables and an individual is expected to take a lot of water minimum of about three litres in a day.
“These are measures that will help to prevent pile because anything that will make us to bear down during the passage of stool predisposes, as I have already said, to pile or haemorrhage”. (NAN)