What are hemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are a common condition caused by the veins in the anus or rectum becoming swollen. Symptoms can include bleeding, itching and irritation. An internal haemorrhoid does not usually cause discomfort, but there may be some blood when passing a stool. An external haemorrhoid is one that is under the skin around the anus.

There are various myths about the causes of haemorrhoids, including the belief that they can be caused by sitting on a cold floor or eating spicy food. Neither of these are true. While there is no concrete cause for this ailment some more realistic causes include: sitting down for long periods of time, irregular bowel habits (so frequently suffering from constipation of bouts of diarrhoea) and genetics. In addition suggests that pregnancy and obesity can also increase the risk of haemorrhoids as the extra weight of fat or the foetus will causes increased pressure in the intra-abdominal region.

It is important to get the condition professionally diagnosed as the symptoms may be similar to colon cancer symptoms. If there is a blood clot mixed in with the stools, medical advice should be sought as there may be a problem in another part of the digestive tract.


Fortunately haemorrhoids usually go away in a few days without treatment. However, those few days can be incredibly uncomfortable and may seem like forever!

If you unfortunately affected by this condition, you will be please to know that there are plenty of treatments available relieve the symptoms and help prevent you form getting them again. Herbal and homoeopathic treatments can be bought over the counter, certain creams can be applied to the area as well dietary changes to include more fibre introduced. There are also surgical procedures that can be performed if other remedies do no rectify the problem. However, it is always recommended that you give non-invasive measures a try before opting for surgery.

Advice is available on numerous websites, with recommendations for treating the condition. To research and check the effectiveness of the many treatment creams and ointments available, it is advisable to check customer reviews online. Plenty of websites compare the price and customer satisfaction of a number of treatment products, whilst others recommend home remedies to try.  Sites where comments can be added may be particularly useful as this will give an idea of how many people the remedy has helped.

 To Summarize:
  • Haemorrhoids are very common.
  • There are many remedies available, so haemorrhoids are usually easy to treat.
  • Although they may be uncomfortable, haemorrhoids are not usually harmful.