Haemorrhoids (piles)

Haemorrhoids are also known as piles. People usually notice they have haemorrhoids because of pain, or because they notice bright red blood in their stool.

Piles usually resolve on their own. But, you should see your healthcare professional if your piles last for more than 7 days, if you get recurrent piles, or if they do not get better on their own.

It’s important to remember that there’s nothing to be ashamed of if you have piles.

It can sometimes be difficult or uncomfortable to talk about, but going to the doctor to diagnose haemorrhoids can rule out more concerning conditions that cause blood in your poop.

Our practitioners can diagnose haemorrhoids.

Piles are swollen blood vessels. Piles can be visible; they may occur externally around your anus, or be invisible, inside the rectum. The most common symptom is blood in your poop.

You might feel like you still need to poop even after going to the toilet.

Finding mucus in your pants, or after wiping is a symptom. You may find you have an itchy anus, or experience pain.

One of the key causes of haemorrhoids is straining. This is why constipation, pushing too hard when you poop, having a constant cough, lifting heavy objects and having irregular bowel habits can cause piles.

Because constipation and irregular bowel habits are a significant cause of piles, it’s essential to nourish gut health if you know you’re susceptible.

High fibre diets can prevent piles because they keep poop soft and prevent straining.

Pregnancy can cause piles as it puts excess weight and pressure on the pelvis and bowel, pushing on the veins in the rectum.

Piles can be caused by wiping too hard after going to the toilet.

Your anal canal (which leads to the rectum) gets weaker as you age, meaning piles are more likely as you age.

Sitting down for long periods may also increase your risk.

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