Haemorrhoids can either be internal or external and are swollen, enlarged blood vessels located around the anus or in the lowest part of your rectum, being similar to varicose veins.
You may be able to feel them on the anus itself, or hanging down from your anal canal; the short, muscular tube containing blood vessels that links the rectum (back passage) with the anus.
Although we all have blood vessels in the anus as they are an important element in continence, it can be a problem when these become enlarged. Sometimes people with piles may not even experience symptoms at all, but those who do, may get an itchy bottom, bleeding after a bowel movement (often bright red in colour), a lump that hangs down outside of the anus, or soreness, redness and swelling.
The cause of haemorrhoids has not been fully determined. However, older people are believed to be more at risk, as well as those who regular suffer with constipation (those with irritable bowel syndrome for example), as the straining to open your bowels can cause damage. People with insufficient fibre in their diet could find they are often constipated. On the other end of the spectrum, those with chronic diarrhoea could also be more prone to getting haemorrhoids.
Haemorrhoids don’t often go away by themselves and usually need treatment. If they haven’t cleared after a week, it’s advisable to seek treatment for piles, which you can buy online from Medical Specialists® to avoid any embarrassing trips to the doctor.
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Simple but effective lifestyle changes can also help to prevent haemorrhoids or even ease the symptoms you have. Make sure to drink plenty of water, which will keep you hydrated and can reduce the likelihood of constipation. Regular exercise may also help to keep bowel movements ticking over, as well as eating plenty of food rich in fibre. Plenty of fibre should make your stool softer and much easier to pass.
Most people will not require surgery for piles, but in more serious cases whereby your piles treatment hasn’t worked and the piles keep bleeding, you should book an appointment to discuss the matter with your own doctor. You may need to be referred for surgery. However, surgery is rare for piles, but you should discuss this with your doctor if you think you require it.