Piles aren’t usually painful, and many people may not even realise they have them, but when symptoms do occur they can cause a level of irritation.
According to the NHS, symptoms of haemorrhoids includes:
- Bleeding after passing a stool – the blood is usually bright red
- Itchy bottom
- A lump hanging down outside of the anus, which may need to be pushed back in after passing a stool
- A mucus discharge after passing a stool
- Soreness, redness and swelling around your anus
It’s recommended you make a visit to see your GP if symptoms persist, if rectal bleeding happens, or you experience pain.
Medication you can apply directly to your back passage or tablets can be bought from a pharmacy or prescribed by a GP.
But in most cases, symptoms settle down after a few days without the need of any treatment.
Some simple lifestyle changes can be carried out to prevent piles happening or coming back – one of which is not to delay going to the toilet.
What causes piles?
The condition may be caused by increased pressure in blood vessels, which makes them become swollen and inflamed.
It could also be caused by straining too much on the toilet.
You’re more likely to develop piles if you’re overweight, pregnant, have a family history of haemorrhoids, regularly lifting heavy objects, or sit down for long periods of time.
Piles is more likely to develop as you get older, as the body’s tissues become weaker.