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Complications of haemorrhoids
In most cases haemorrhoids are mild and do not cause any serious problems to develop. Find out more about complications of haemorrhoids.
Haemorrhoids and diet
Healthy eating is an important factor in preventing and treating haemorrhoids. Find out about haemorrhoids and diet.
It’s possible to reduce the risk of haemorrhoids developing by preventing constipation. Find out how haemorrhoids can be prevented.
Haemorrhoids or piles are lumps that occur inside and around the anal passage. Here’s how to help ease symptoms and discomfort.
What are haemorrhoids?
Haemorrhoids (piles) are lumps occurring inside the anal canal (back passage) which contain swollen and enlarged blood vessels. Find out more about haemorrhoids.
What causes haemorrhoids?
Haemorrhoids develop due to a weakening of the supportive tissue inside the anus. Find out about the causes of haemorrhoids.
Haemorrhoids vary in their severity from person to person. Many people experience no symptoms or very mild symptoms that disappear after a couple of days. Find out about symptoms of haemorrhoids.
Haemorrhoids often go away after a few days without any special treatment. In most cases your doctor will recommend measures to relieve constipation, if it’s present. Find out about haemorrhoids treatment.
Diagnosis of haemorrhoids
Because the symptoms of haemorrhoids are similar to those of bowel cancer, it’s important to visit a doctor to get a proper diagnosis.
Injection or banding of haemorrhoids
Injection or banding is usually a safe and effective way of treating haemorrhoids.