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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:

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:

  1. The hemorrhoid does not prolapse (stick out of your bottom) at any time
  2. The hemorrhoid prolapses during bowel movements but goes back inside your bottom at the end of a bowel movement
  3. The hemorrhoid prolapses during bowel movements and goes back inside your bottom only if you push it back in
  4. 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.

Contact us about treatment for piles

Anal Bleeding

Bleeding from your bottom is one of the most common haemorrhoid symptoms. If this sounds familiar, you could have piles.

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Intimate itching is one of the first signs of haemorrhoids. It’s annoying and embarrassing but easily relieved.

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From uncomfortable soreness to not being able to sit down properly, pain is another one of the signs of haemorrhoids.

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Lumps & swelling

With pain, itching and bleeding, often come lumps and swelling in the area. This can be a sign of internal and/or external haemorrhoids.

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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.

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Symptoms of internal piles and external piles can include a damp feeling in your underwear caused by discharge.

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A funny smell is a rare, but not unusual symptom of piles. And like most of the other signs can be treated in a number of ways.

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Speak to one of our experienced advisors. All enquiries are handled with complete discretion.

eXroid COVID-19 Update

Elective treatments suspended for the next 3 weeks
Following the Prime Minister’s national address at 20:30 on Monday 23rd March, it is imperative that we do our utmost to restrict the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard our patients and their communities, our staff and our clinics. Whilst we will always aim to do all we can to help and bring relief to our patients, we are bound by the greater cause to limit this highly infectious virus. We are therefore, as of now, re-scheduling all of our clinics and appointments to over 3 weeks into the future in line with the government guidance.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience and we will speak to everyone of our booked patients individually and do all we can to provide support.

We do, however, understand that there are some extreme cases and where patients feel there is an extreme detriment to their quality of life and / or they are suffering excessive bleeding, we will continue to provide our service on an emergency basis, where possible. This will be preceded by a triage call with myself initially, to ascertain what the issues are and to try to help remotely with a prescription, if possible, in the short term. If you have any concerns please contact us on 0800 999 3777.

We will continue to keep all of our patients directly informed and fully intend to treat everyone as planned, once the current restrictions have been lifted, presently scheduled for after the next three weeks.

The latest information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Again, if there are any questions or support we can offer, our team will remain working and available to support.

Kind Regards,

Dr Mark J. Hudson-Peacock,
Chairman and Medical Director