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Haemorrhoids (piles)

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Introduction
Haemorrhoids (hemorrhoids), also known as piles, are swellings that contain enlarged and swollen blood vessels in or around the lower rectum and anus.
Symptoms of piles (haemorrhoids)
Most cases of haemorrhoids (piles) are mild and do not cause symptoms. They often disappear naturally after a few days.
Causes of piles (haemorrhoids)
Haemorrhoids (piles) are usually caused by excess pressure on the blood vessels in and around the anus.
Diagnosing piles (haemorrhoids)
Haemorrhoids (piles) can be easily diagnosed by your GP. They will examine your back passage to check for swollen blood vessels.
Treating piles (haemorrhoids)
Haemorrhoids (piles) often settle down after a few days without treatment. However, there are a number of treatments that can help reduce any itching and discomfort.
Surgery for piles (haemorrhoids)
Surgery may be recommended if other haemorrhoid (plies) treatments have not been successful. There are a number of different surgical procedures for piles.
Preventing piles (haemorrhoids)
It is not always possible to prevent getting haemorrhoids (piles), but a high-fibre diet will keep your stools soft and reduce your risk of becoming constipated.