What are the signs of haemorrhoids?
How do I know if I have piles?
Piles symptoms are quite clear – but that doesn’t take away from the intimate nature of the condition and how embarrassed you might feel about having them. It’s important to know you are not alone. Some 8 million people in the UK show signs of haemorrhoids or their symptoms. If you’ve got piles, you’re probably feeling some discomfort or itching in or around your anus, strange lumps and even slight discharge or bleeding from your bottom.
What causes piles?
A key question people usually ask is: what causes hemorrhoids? There are many theories but little is known about what causes them. However certain situations do increase the pressure in the hemorrhoidal veins in the anus and increase the chance of piles developing. These factors may lead to hemorrhoids appearing:
- straining on the toilet
- pregnancy and labour
- being overweight
- genetic factors
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.
What are the signs and symptoms of piles?
So how do you know if you actually have piles? The most common way to find you have piles is finding fresh blood on the toilet paper, but piles can also cause pain, itchiness or a lump that you can feel sticking out from your bottom. If you have ever asked yourself, “Why am I bleeding from my bottom?” – then you might have piles. However, it’s impossible to confidently diagnose piles yourself. In fact many doctors find it difficult too. In one study in 2010, 198 doctors were asked to diagnose piles and the non-specialist doctors got the diagnosis wrong in more than half the cases they were asked to examine!
That’s why eXroid recommends that you should see a doctor with expertise in the condition if you suspect you may have piles, especially if you have noticed any bleeding. A proper examination is important to rule out anything sinister like bowel cancer. To organise an appointment with an eXroid consultant, please contact us.
Grades of haemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are graded from stages 1 to 4 based upon these criteria:
- The hemorrhoid does not prolapse (stick out of your bottom) at any time
- The hemorrhoid prolapses during bowel movements but goes back inside your bottom at the end of a bowel movement
- The hemorrhoid prolapses during bowel movements and goes back inside your bottom only if you push it back in
- The hemorrhoid is prolapsed at all times
Contact eXroid for treatment
Piles and haemorrhoids come with a variety of symptoms – all of which can be addressed with treatment to alleviate the issues. Get in touch to discuss your treatment and arrange a consultation in one of our clinics.
Often described as “feeling like you need a poo” – added pressure around the bottom is another potential symptom of haemorrhoids and can have you feeling like you need to go to the toilet more than usual. They may even make you feel like you haven’t completely finished and tempt you to strain, which you should try to avoid.Learn More