How to Tell if You Have Haemorrhoids?

Maybe you are having discomfort when going to the toilet or have noticed blood on your toilet tissue. These symptoms could be cause for concern or they could be signs of a common and less serious condition known as hemorrhoids. Even though no one really likes to talk about them, hemorrhoids are something that nearly every adult will experience at some point in their life.

What are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are lumps inside or around your anus. Depending on the location and severity of your hemorrhoids, you may only experience mild symptoms and they tend to go away after a few days.

Symptoms of hemorrhoids include:

  • Bright red blood after a bowel movement
  • Itchiness or pain around your anus
  • Lumps around your anus
  • Feeling like you still need to poo immediately after you’ve gone

Differential Diagnoses
Sometimes the symptoms of hemorrhoids can be similar to those that are present in different conditions, so it is always advised to seek medical advice to differentiate hemorrhoids from other diseases. Other illnesses that also present with anal discomfort, pain, or bleeding are anal fissures, anal tistulae, skin tags, anal cancer, and rectal prolapse.

Your doctor will be able to rule out other conditions through procedures like a rectal exam, colonoscopy, or an anoscopy.

Treating and Preventing Hemorrhoids
There are many different ways you can help prevent hemorrhoids from occurring. Constipation is a major cause of hemorrhoids so you should exercise regularly and drink plenty of fluids alongside a diet rich in fibre. Alcohol and caffeine can also cause constipation so if you find yourself straining often, it might be time to cut back on coffee and cheeky pints.

Hemorrhoids and any uncomfortable symptoms can usually be treated with topical medications and creams. Two proven and effective treatments for piles are Proctosedyl ointment and Sheriproct, both of which are available online in the UK.

  • Proctosedyl Ointment has two active ingredients that help relieve pain, discomfort, and itching. It also targets the piles, reducing them in size. An applicator tube is supplied for treatment of internal hemorrhoids.
  • Scheriproct Ointment contains a steroid that acts as an anaesthetic to ease pain and itching and can be used internally with its washable applicator.

You can buy Scheriproct and Proctosedyl Ointment online in the UK without a face-to-face consultation by visiting Pharmacy Planet.