Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are a common condition that affects many people worldwide. Despite this, there are still many myths surrounding haemorrhoids that can cause confusion and misunderstanding. Haemorrhoids is popularly known in Ghanaian Akan language as “KOOKO.”
Haemorrhoids (piles or kooko) can only develop at the anal region but not anywhere else on the human body. It is a result of swollen and distended veins in the anus known as haemorrhoidal veins, which are present in every human being. When they become irritated, they cause itching and pain, which can be very uncomfortable.
It is never true that piles can develop on the eyes, skin,womb, etc. Persons who normally say this, especially some herbal medicine sellers, do not know what they are even talking about. Drinking such medicines will put your health at risk. This is not to say herbal medicines are bad, but people really need to be sceptical about what they take in. People also mostly confuse hernia(Twi; nkwee) with hrodocele(et-cho), which is also covered at the later part of this post.
SOME COMMON MYTHS ABOUT HAEMORRHOIDS
Myth #1: Only older people get haemorrhoids.
Haemorrhoids can affect people of all ages, from children to adults. While it is true that the risk of developing haemorrhoids increases as you age, younger people can still get them. Factors that increase the risk of developing haemorrhoids include obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and pregnancy.
Myth #2: Haemorrhoids are caused by sitting on cold surfaces.
This is a common myth that has been around for a long time. However, there is no evidence to suggest that sitting on cold surfaces causes haemorrhoids. Haemorrhoids are caused by increased pressure in the veins of the anus and rectum, often due to constipation, straining during bowel movements, and prolonged sitting.
Myth #3: Haemorrhoids are always painful.
While haemorrhoids can be painful, this is not always the case. Some people with haemorrhoids may experience itching, bleeding, or a feeling of fullness in the rectum. In some cases, haemorrhoids may not cause any symptoms at all.
Myth #4: Surgery is the only treatment for haemorrhoids.
While surgery may be necessary in some cases, there are many non-surgical treatments available for haemorrhoids. These include lifestyle changes such as increasing fiber intake, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly. Over-the-counter creams and ointments can also provide relief from symptoms.
Myth #5: Haemorrhoids are contagious.
Haemorrhoids are not contagious. They are a common condition that can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and age.
Now that we have debunked some common myths about haemorrhoids, let’s discuss the difference between hydrocele and hernia.
Hydrocele vs. Inguinal Hernia
Hydrocele and inguinal hernia are both conditions that can affect the scrotum. While they can have similar symptoms, there are some key differences between the two conditions.
A hydrocele is a buildup of fluid in the scrotum. This can cause swelling and discomfort but is usually not painful. Hydroceles are most common in newborns and older men. Commonly pronounced in twi as et-Cho
A hernia (nkwee) occurs when an organ, such as the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the muscle or tissue that surrounds it. In the case of a hernia in the scrotum(inguinal), the intestine may protrude into the scrotum, causing swelling and pain.
In summary, haemorrhoids are a common condition that can affect people of all ages. There are many myths surrounding haemorrhoids that can cause confusion and misunderstanding. It is important to understand the facts about haemorrhoids and to seek medical advice if you experience any symptoms. Additionally, it is important to understand the difference between hydrocele and hernia, a concerned nurse writes ✍️.