Haemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lowest part of your bottom (rectum and anus). The walls of these blood vessels can stretch so thin that the veins can bulge and get irritated, especially under pressure, when you strain. Haemorrhoids are known to be one of the most common causes of rectal bleeding.
Internal haemorrhoids are routed well inside your bottom, above the dentate line, which anatomicaly means that they aren’t felt as acutely as there are less pain sensing nerves in that area.”
A key question people usually ask is: what causes haemorrhoids? There are many theories but little is known about what causes them. However, certain situations do increase the pressure in the haemorrhoidal veins in the anus and increase the chance of piles developing.
These factors may lead to haemorrhoids appearing:
The best evidence to tell us who actually gets piles was a recent study in Austria, when 976 adults were examined by experts during a bowel cancer screening programme to find out how common it was to have piles. The study found that 39% had piles, and almost half of those (17% overall) had symptoms from them. In other words, almost 1 in 5 adults have symptoms from piles. That means there are probably 8 million of us in the UK alone!
We know that as you get older, the risk of piles increases. Interestingly, the only other association with piles proven in this study was being overweight – so the heavier you are for your height, the more likely you are to have piles. For the more scientifically minded amongst you, this relationship was highly significant (p=0.028).
We want to give you the confidence to seek treatment. Below is an overview of the most common haemorrhoid causes and symptoms so you’ll be confident in finding a solution. Read on or get in touch to find out how you can treat them.
Haemorrhoid is a disease that can affect anyone at any time in their lives. Historically it is an intimate condition that many struggle with or choose not to share with their family and loved ones or even a healthcare professional; but it’s important to know you are not alone.
Nearly 5 million people in the UK suffer with haemorrhoids each year. Many people gain the condition through lifestyle and diet, some through their genetic predisposition and some as a result of their activities and interests. There is no one root-cause with many contributing factors, meaning that people of any age, sex and lifestyle can suffer with haemorrhoids.
At eXroid, we understand that for many, the emotional and practical impact of the symptoms can be draining, worrying and overwhelming, especially for those that have suffered for a long time.
Our friendly experts are on-hand to offer advice and support, if this is your first experience of piles or whether you have been silently suffering for a long time. Let us help free you from piles.
Hemorrhoids are graded from stages 1 to 4 based upon these criteria:
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