Difference between Piles, Fissures and Fistula

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At a glance, these three medical issues, piles, fissures and fistula, seem the same. However, when observed closely, there are many differences among them.

These disorders are common in the sense that they are all anal pathologies. People, therefore, mistake the conditions to be the same. That’s, however, not the case. In short, piles are swollen veins in the rectum. An anal fistula is an abnormal canal in the lining of the anus, while the fissures are sharp cuts in the same anal lining.

If you have any of these conditions, it will be helpful for you to know the particulars of all three conditions. From the types of symptoms they show, to the different treatments available, here are the differences:


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Piles FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions on piles, fissures and fistula:

Do hemorrhoids occur in men and women at the same rate?

Piles or hemorrhoids, of course, affect both genders. However, it is more common in adults between 45 and 65 years of age. Also, though the condition is widespread, it is severe in an extremely low percentage of people.

What number of pregnant women in India suffer from piles?

There are chances of pregnant women getting piles because of weak muscles or an enlarged uterus. This is a result of hormonal changes. Piles in pregnant women in India are in the approximate ratio of 1:10.

Do fistulas recur?

Yes, there are chances of anal fistulas recurring. However, it is easy to prevent them from recurring by maintaining good and healthy hygienic habits. Another way to do so is with a fibre-rich diet.

How can one prevent chronic constipation to avoid a fissure?

Fissures are mainly a result of constipation. So, it is better to treat constipation at the earliest. A few of the remedies include drinking more fluids, exercising on a regular basis and eating fiber-rich foods such as apples, carrots and oranges.

Moreover, you may consult a doctor to recommend some laxatives or stool softeners to treat constipation.


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