Treatment for Piles & Haemorrhoids

What are Haemorrhoids (Piles)?

Haemorrhoids (also known as piles) are lumps inside and around your bottom (anus). They are swollen veins inside the rectum or outside the anus, causing pain, rectal bleeding and itching.  They often go within a few days, but there are haemorrhoid treatments available at your local Day Lewis Pharmacy.

Symptoms of haemorrhoids (piles) include:

  • bright red blood after you poo
  • an itchy anus
  • mucus in your underwear or on toilet paper after wiping your bottom
  • lumps around your anus
  • pain around your anus

Haemorrhoids Treatment

  • drink lots of fluid and eat plenty of fibre to keep your poo soft
  • wipe your bottom with damp toilet paper
  • take paracetamol if piles hurt
  • take a warm bath to ease itching and pain
  • use an ice pack wrapped in a towel to ease discomfort
  • gently push a pile back inside
  • keep your bottom clean and dry
  • exercise regularly
  • cut down on alcohol and caffeine (like tea, coffee and cola) to avoid constipation

If you have haemorrhoids (piles):

  • Do not push hard when pooing
  • Wipe gently after your poo
  • If possible, avoid medication with codeine as this can cause more constipation
  • Avoid ibuprofen if your piles are bleeding
  • Drink lots of water and eat more fibre in your diet to soften your stools

Ask your local Day Lewis Pharmacist for advice on how to treat haemorrhoids. There are creams available to stop the itching, swelling and pain in your anus. There is also treatment for constipation, to help loosen your poo to reduce the pain when pushing.

Please note that we have private consultation rooms if you do not want to be overheard.

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