Trusted information on rectal diseases and problems, plus links to trusted resources.
It can be distressing if problems with normal anal function occur. Good anal hygiene, along with improving your diet may help reduce risk of pain and discomfort. Learn more about anal care here.
Injuries to the anal region can be the result of changes in bowel function or sexual activity. Learn when to seek urgent medical attention and how to relieve any pain.
Itchy anus (pruritus ani)
An itchy anus, also called pruritus ani is a common complaint. The itch, in or around the anus, can be extremely intense and persistent, causing a constant urge to scratch. Read about causes, things you can do and when to see a doctor.
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.
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.
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.
What causes haemorrhoids?
Haemorrhoids develop due to a weakening of the supportive tissue inside the anus. Find out about the causes 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.