How can you treat haemorrhoids (piles)?
If you’ve ever suffered from haemorrhoids (also known as piles) then you may have experienced first-hand the common symptoms of bright red blood after a bowel movement, itching, pain, and general discomfort around the bottom that come with the condition.
Luckily, haemorrhoids will often resolve themselves after several days but, for some people, the itchiness, pain and discomfort can be hard to bear. Depending on the severity and recurrence of the problem there are several treatment options for piles:
Home remedies and lifestyle changes
Over-the-counter creams, ointments, or suppositories
Non-surgical procedures (e.g. banding or an injection to shrink the piles)
Surgical procedures to remove haemorrhoids.
Aside from the physical discomfort, many people also find the experience distressing as they feel uncomfortable or embarrassed talking about piles. It’s important to realise that you’re not alone as nearly 3 out of 4 adults will experience them at some point in their lives.