Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are swollen blood vessels that develop from the tissue that lines the anal canal or back passage. Haemorrhoids are very common.
- Itching of the skin around the back passage
- Bleeding, bright red blood after using the toilet
- Anal pain
- A lump protruding from your anus
You should see your GP or specialist if you have any bleeding from your bowel. Bleeding could be caused by something other than haemorrhoids, so you should be checked by a doctor.
- Keep your bowel motions soft and regular by drinking plenty of water and having a high fibre diet. Fibre can be found in kiwifruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes or taken as a supplement.
- Warm baths after a bowel movement may help with any discomfort and irritation.
- Your doctor may prescribe you a cream to help relieve your symptoms.
- Banding a prolapsed haemorrhoid is an effective treatment which can be performed in one of our procedure rooms at the Cambridge Specialist Centre. (see ‘Haemorrhoid Treatment’).