Piles (haemorrhoids) are lumps inside and around your bottom (anus).
Symptoms of piles include bright red blood after you poo, an itchy anus, and slimy mucus coming from your bottom.
Piles usually get better on their own. You can ease discomfort by avoiding constipation. You may need hospital treatment if your piles are severe.
It's not clear what causes piles. You're more likely to get them if you're regularly constipated, pregnant or often push too hard when pooing.
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