Commonly referred to as piles, haemorrhoids are soft lumps of flesh inside your rectum. They tend not to cause any pain or discomfort, but can sometimes feel itchy or bleed when you pass a stool. If they become enlarged, they pass through the rectum and you may feel a lump – this is known as a prolapsed haemorrhoid.
Haemorrhoids can be hereditary or can appear gradually over time, and are often connected with pregnancy or constipation.
A number of basic measures can be taken to treat haemorrhoids, such as increasing the amount of fibre in your diet and drinking more water. However, if these do not resolve the problem, then our specialist consultants may suggest the following treatments:
Drink lots of fluids to avoid constipation and ensure that your diet contains plenty of fibre. Regular exercise can also help with recovery but do check with your consultant before you start. While you should find that symptoms disappear completely, do be aware that haemorrhoids can reappear.
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The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.