Piles

Overview

Hemorrhoids also called piles, are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum, similar to varicose veins. Hemorrhoids can develop inside the rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or under the skin around the anus (external hemorrhoids). Nearly three out of four adults will have hemorrhoids from time to time.

Causes

Foods with little fiber can cause or make constipation and therefore hemorrhoids worse, so it’s best to limit how much you eat of them.

For example:
• White bread and bagels.
• Milk, cheese, and other dairy.
• Meat.
• Processed foods such as frozen meals and fast food.
• Deep-fried and processed food items are heavy and difficult to digest. …
• Spicy food. …
• Alcohol. …
• Unripe fruits. …
• Refined grains. …
• High salted foods. …
• Iron supplements and some other medicines

Symptoms


1. Bright red blood after you poo.
2. An itchy anus.
3. Feeling like you still need to poo after going to the toilet.
4. Mucus in your underwear or on toilet paper after wiping your bottom.
5. Lumps around your anus.
6. Pain around your anus.
Hemorrhoids can develop from increased pressure in the lower rectum due to straining during bowel movements. Sitting for long periods of time on the toilet. Having chronic diarrhea or constipation.


An external hemorrhoid can burst if it becomes thrombosed, meaning that a blood clot has formed in the hemorrhoid. If this happens, people may feel a hard, painful lump outside their anus. If too much pressure builds up in a thrombosed hemorrhoid, it can burst.

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