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Piles (haemorrhoids)


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Symptoms of piles include bright red blood after you poo, an itchy anus, and sometimes mucus coming from your bottom.

Piles usually get better on their own. It can help to drink lots of fluids, eat plenty of fibre and take painkillers if you need to.

If your piles are severe, you may need a procedure or surgery in hospital, such as surgery to shrink or remove the piles.

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.

Piles (haemorrhoids) are lumps inside and around your bottom (anus).

Page last reviewed: 28/03/2022
Next review due: 28/03/2025