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Symptoms of Piles

Piles are just about the last thing you need. They're a pain – literally – and can have a real impact on your daily routine.

What are the symptoms of piles? Well, as you'd guess, they're not very pleasant. They vary from person to person. You may get just one, or if you're really unlucky, several.

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:

  • Itching and soreness around your bottom
  • A dragging sensation in your back passage
  • Blood on the toilet paper after you've been to the loo
  • Discomfort or pain while you're going to the loo
  • Occasional sharp pains up your bottom
  • A bulging or lumpy feeling just inside your back passage
  • Hard lump(s) protruding from your bottom

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.

How can you get relief?

You've got a range of treatment options easily available. Find out more about how you can treat piles.

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