Just remember: it's not the end of the world – and there's plenty you can do to make them better!
You may have piles if you've got:
What are the symptoms of piles?
There are a few key symptoms to look out for if you suspect you have piles:
What do piles feel like?
If you have small, internal piles, you may not be able to feel or see them. Instead, you will most likely notice one of the above symptoms. If you have larger piles, you may feel a small hard lump on the outside of your anus, or even feel a lump hanging down.
Who is most likely to get piles?
Certain people are more likely like get piles than others, such as:
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There are also certain lifestyle factors that make you more likely to suffer from piles, such as:
If you've got any other symptoms (especially heavy bleeding from your bottom or a noticeable change in your stool), see your doctor straight away.
It's also a good idea to visit your GP if this is the first time you've had piles. They may recommend an over the counter treatment which you can buy from your local pharmacy, supermarket and online. And by making little changes to your daily routine, you can start making a difference right away.
You've got a range of treatment options easily available. Find out more about how you can treat piles.