What are the symptoms of piles in men?
If you’re experiencing pain or itching in and around the anus, bright red blood on the tissue after you pass a stool, mucus on your underwear, or sensitive lumps around your anus, you may be suffering from a common condition known as haemorrhoids, also known as piles.
The condition can occur in both men and women and it’s estimated that around 3 out of 4 of us will get piles at least once in our lives.
Haemorrhoids are actually a completely normal part of the human anatomy and typically act as buffers around the bottom to help control our bowel movements and make them pass more easily. They are filled with lots of blood vessels and it’s when they become swollen, often from too much pressure or straining, that haemorrhoids can become bothersome and make themselves known.
Depending on the type of haemorrhoids you have, you may experience different symptoms ranging in severity:
▶Internal piles occur deeper inside the anal canal and you may only identify them if you see bright red blood when you go to the toilet.
▶External piles, on the other hand, are those that appear closer to the surface of the skin of the anus and are often much more sensitive and painful. You may be able to feel these as lumps when you’re going to the toilet.
▶Prolapsed piles are internal or external haemorrhoids that have become exposed and come out of the anus. These can be particularly painful and sensitive.
▶Thrombosed piles are also often very painful and are usually external haemorrhoids that have developed blood clots.
Although piles often pass on their own after a few days, if left untreated, it’s possible that symptoms can worsen, especially if the root cause of the problem isn’t addressed.