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module menu icon About Haemorrhoids

Haemorrhoids are commonly known as piles and are swellings in the rectum that contain large blood vessels.

Most people don't realise they have them as they don't cause any symptoms however they can flare up.

Haemorrhoids are caused by the blood vessels in the bottom becoming inflamed due to increased pressure within them. This could be caused by straining when going to the toilet, but it can also be caused by pregnancy, sitting for long periods, lifting heavy objects frequently, age, being overweight, or persistent coughing and vomiting.

Patients may experience:-

  • Blood when passing stools
  • Itchiness around the bottom
  • Small lumps inside the bottom
  • Mucus discharge after passing stools
  • Soreness
  • Swelling
  • Redness