Haemorrhoids: Symptoms of Piles
Piles, or haemorrhoids, are swollen veins inside or outside the anus. They may itch or they may be painful and bleeding. Piles are often caused by constipation and straining to empty the bowel. They can also be caused by obesity, pregnancy or even a chronic cough.
What you can do
• Relieve the pain with hot baths or a hot compress (a sponge or flannel squeezed out in hot water and pressed onto the anus). Or get a haemorrhoid ointment or suppositories from a chemist.
• Push internal piles back with the hot sponge.
• Relieve constipation by eating wholemeal bread or cereals, fruit and vegetables and drinking plenty of water.
When to see the doctor
• If you have severe pain or bleeding, or if internal piles cannot be pushed back in.