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Updated 18 March 2016

The More You Know: Piles

Piles are more common than you think and nothing to be embarrassed about. Here's how to know if you have piles and to quickly find relief.

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If a painful itch and burning sensation are making everyday life uncomfortable, you may be suffering from piles.

Piles are nothing to be embarrassed about and talking about them can help you understand the causes and symptoms and provide you with the remedies that free you up to live your life again. 

Piles are swollen blood vessels found inside or around the bottom (the rectum and anus) 1. They are a result of continuous pressure on the pelvic blood vessels in the anal canal, which causes the blood vessels to swell up and stretch out of shape, causing pain, irritation, itching and sometimes bleeding1.

There are two types of piles, internal and external piles. Internal piles are when the swollen blood vessels are formed inside the anal canal and external piles are formed below the anal canal where they visibly protrude2

The causes of piles are quite common. They can be caused by constipation1, not drinking enough water3 and can even occur during pregnancy and after child birth4. If you have internal piles, you may not be able to feel or see them. Instead, you will most likely notice the symptoms5.

If you have external piles, you may feel a small hard lump on the outside of your bottom or hanging from the anal canal5

Things to look out for when you suspect you have piles are6,7

• A lump in or outside your bottom.

• Swelling around your bottom.

• Occasional sharp pains in your bottom.

• A burning sensation felt in or around your bottom.

• Itchy skin around your bottom.

• Discomfort or pain while on the toilet or during daily activities.

• A slimy discharge of mucus after going to the toilet.

• A feeling that your bowels haven't emptied completely.

You can prevent many of these by getting enough fibre in your diet, eating more fruits, vegetables and grains8 or going to the toilet when nature calls and not holding it in. However, if it comes to you having to treat the symptoms of piles, Anusol® is the market leader.

Anusol® offers a range of products that provide effective relief for mild to moderate cases. In severe cases, surgical intervention is required and you should see your doctor or pharmacist first. 

Anusol® Ointment 

The ointment soothes the pain and irritation of external piles and other related conditions around the bottom.

• Relieves inflammation

• Alleviates pain

Anusol® Suppositories

Anusol® Suppositories soothe the pain and irritation of internal piles, and other related anorectal conditions. 

• Relieves inflammation and soothes

• Helps to reduce pain

Anusol® Ointment Pain Relief 

The ointment relieves anal pain and pruritus (itching) of internal and external piles. 

• For localised pain 

• Relief from pain and itching 
 
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for the right Anusol® treatment for you. 

ANUSOL® OINTMENT SO: REG. NO. E/11.8/0513. EACH 1 G OF OINTMENT CONTAINS: BISMUTH SUBGALLATE 22,5 MG. BISMUTH OXIDE 8,75 MG, ZINC OXIDE 107,5 MG.
ANUSOL® SUPPOSITORIES
SO: REG. NO. E/11.8/0515. EACH SUPPOSITORY CONTAINS: BISMUTH SUBGALLATE 59,0 MG, BISMUTH OXIDE 24,0 MG, ZINC OXIDE 296,0 MG.
ANUSOL® PAIN RELIEF
S1: REG. NO. T/11.8/65. EACH GRAM CONTAINS: PRAMOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE 10MG.

References:

1. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/775407-oveview- Accessed 29 September 2015 
2. https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/directory/h/haemorrhoids- Accessed 29 September 2015. 
3. http://www.hemorrhoid.com/Candehydration.html- Accessed 29 September 2015 4. 
4. http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/ate/pregnancyandchildbirth/204215.html ¬- Accessed 29 September 2015. 
5. https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/directory/h/haemorrhoids- Accessed 29 September 2015. 
6. Acheson AG, Scholefield JH; Management of haemorrhoids. BMJ. 2008 Feb 16;336(7640):380-3. 
7. http://www.hemorrhoidinformationcenter.com/warning-signs-of-hemorrhoids/- Accessed 29 September 2015. 8. http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/.../constipation/treatment.html- Accessed 29 September 2015.

 
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