FAQ's - frequently asked questions about piles

What are haemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are enlarged veins situated in or around the back passage (anus). They occur when these blood vessels become swollen in a similar way to varicose veins in the legs.

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How are they caused?

Under pressure the blood vessels in and around the anus stretch. Straining whilst on the toilet, chronic coughing and lots of heavy lifting are common ways that pressure in the abdomen is increased and that in turn results in increased pressure in the veins located around the anus. Pregnancy, being overweight and childbirth can also cause haemorrhoids.

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Will diet improve symptoms?

Since straining on the toilet is one of the commonest reasons why haemorrhoids develop, avoiding constipation and having to strain is vital to improve symptoms. Eating a healthy diet that contains plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and other fibre, drinking plenty of water, keeping active and keeping stress levels under control all help the bowel to function properly.

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Does sitting on cold surfaces cause haemorrhoids?

No. This is a very common belief but it’s a myth. Sitting on hard or cold surfaces may make haemorrhoids feel more uncomfortable for those people who already have them but will not actually cause haemorrhoids. Ignoring the urge to go to the toilet, inactivity, missing breakfast or eating on the go, however, can cause constipation, which makes straining and consequently haemorrhoids more likely.

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What can I use to ease the symptoms of haemorrhoids?

Ice packs help reduce swelling and sitting in a warm bath filled with plain water for 10 minutes several times a day will relieve symptoms too. Don’t be over-hygienic when washing since this may cause more irritation. Try not to sit for long periods of time since this may cause more irritation. You can visit your pharmacist for advice on treatment to relieve pain and irritation. Stool softeners can be used to get the bowels working properly again and help to eliminate the need to strain.

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What if they persist despite these measures?

Sometimes haemorrhoids will need to be treated surgically. If your doctor advises this then surgical treatment may involve laser heat treatment, chemical solution injections (sclerotherapy), rubber band ligation, or surgical removal of the haemorrhoids. The operation recommended depends upon whether the haemorrhoids are internal or external.

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What can I do to avoid getting haemorrhoids again?

Make sure your diet contains plenty of fibre, drink lots of fluids and increase the amount of exercise you get. These measures will help prevent constipation, one of the main causes of haemorrhoids. Check out the lifestyle section of this site - it’s packed with advice on how to avoid the problem.

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When I start using Germoloids, how long should it take for my haemorrhoids to go away?

It depends on how troublesome they are. Normally, if your condition is not too serious, you'll notice a difference within a few days.

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What can I do to stop getting haemorrhoids again?

Make sure your diet contains plenty of fibre, drink lots of fluids and increase the amount of exercise you get. These measures will help prevent constipation, one of the main causes of haemorrhoids. Check out the lifestyle section of our site - it's packed with advice on how to avoid the problem.

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In my job I have to sit at a desk all day in front of my computer. Will this give me haemorrhoids?

Sitting down for long periods does increase the odds. Make sure you take regular breaks - by law you are entitled to time away from your computer screen to avoid eyestrain. In these breaks stand up and walk around. At lunchtime, take a walk, even if it's just round the block. In the evening, take advantage of all that energy you've stored up during the day - go out and do something that gets you moving and increases your heart rate.

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Is there a quality issue with Germoloids Suppositories?

Following a change of manufacturer for Germoloids Suppositories, there have been a few modifications to the product size (shorter and fatter) & pack dimensions (blister and outer carton). This has brought the product in line with the new manufacturer’s specifications, equipment and processes. Please be assured that there have been no changes to the ingredients or quality of the product. The dosage remains exactly the same and the suppositories still work in the same way.

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Why does my pack of Germoloids Suppositories look different?

The new manufacturer’s “standard” suppository blister/ product mould is slightly bigger (2.0 g) and wider than the one we used before (1.9 g). There have been no changes to product formulation (i.e. quantity of ingredients) and, as a result, Germoloids Suppositories now take up less space in the bigger/ wider blister pack; subsequently making them shorter and fatter. Further, due to the fact that the Suppositories no longer fill the entire blister, the flat side of the product is not moulded into a uniform shape and therefore appear less smooth than the rest of the product. As mentioned above, please be assured that there have been no changes to the ingredients or quality of the product. The dosage remains exactly the same and the suppositories still work in the same way. The “torpedo” end of the product (not the flat end) is the end which is important for application.

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I'm having difficulty inserting the suppositories.

As mentioned above, please be assured that there have been no changes to the ingredients or quality of the product. The dosage remains exactly the same and the suppositories will work in the same way when inserted. The "torpedo" end of the product which is the smooth bullet shape (not the flat end) is most important for insertion of the suppositories. We recommend that you speak to a doctor or pharmacist if you have any further concerns regarding the administration of Germoloids Suppositories.

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Where can I buy Germoloids

The entire Germoloids range is available off the shelf in chemists and supermarkets.

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