Piles (Hemorrhoids)

Hemorrhoids sometimes called piles, are enlarged veins in the rectum, which is the lower portion of the digestive tract. They are similar to varicose veins of the legs. Hemorrhoids may bleed and cause pain.

Where Do People Get Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids occur in two places. When they are located in the upper part of the rectum*, the hemorrhoids are called internal hemorrhoids.
In the lower part of the rectum, they are called external hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are said to be prolapsed if they have slipped down from their usual position and extend outside of the anal* opening.

What Causes Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids have a number of different causes. They occur often in women who are pregnant or who have just given birth. People with chronic constipation are at risk for hemorrhoids because of added pres-sure to the anorectal (pertaining to the anus and rectum) area when they pass stools (solid waste matter, feces) that are hard and dry.

What Are the Symptoms of Hemorrhoids?

Pain during bowel movements and blood in the stool are the usual symptoms that accompany hemorrhoids. Sometimes there is a discharge of mucus, and there may also be itching, burning, or pain in the area.
The enlarged vein in the rectum sometimes develops a clot, which can be very painful. People with hemorrhoids sometimes develop iron deficiency anemia* from the bleeding that occurs. If you have large hemorrhoids, you may Contact us.