Haemorrhoids (also called piles) are enlarged veins around the anus. They are caused by an increases in pressure around the anus, which results in a swelling of the veins and tissue.
Haemorrhoids have different names depending on where they are. Internal haemorrhoids can't be seen unless they come out when the person is passing a bowel motion. External haemorrhoids are on the outside of the anus. A person can have internal and external haemorrhoids at the same time.
Haemorrhoids can be the result of:
Symptoms of haemorrhoids can include:
Haemorrhoids can be prevented or stopped from getting worse by some simple lifestyle changes. They include:
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Haemorrhoids can be:
The most common cause of haemorrhoids is:
Haemorrhoids can be prevented or stopped from getting worse by:
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