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Haemorrhoids (also known as piles) are painful lumps found inside your bottom. Read on for more information regarding the treatment and prevention of haemorrhoids...

What are haemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoids (also known as piles) are lumps found inside and around your bottom (anus). They often get better on their own after a few days.

Symptoms of piles include:

  • bright red blood after you go to the toilet
  • an itchy anus
  • feeling like you still need to use the toilet even after just going
  • slimy mucus in your underwear or on toilet paper after wiping your bottom
  • lumps around your anus
  • pain around your anus

Should I seek medical advice?

Before booking an appointment to visit your GP, it is advised that you follow this guidance to allow your haemorrhoids to heal on their own.

  • drink lots of fluid and eat plenty of fibre to keep your stool soft
  • wipe your bottom with damp toilet paper
  • take paracetamol if piles hurt
  • take a warm bath to ease itching and pain
  • use an ice pack wrapped in a towel to ease discomfort
  • gently push a pile back inside
  • keep your bottom clean and dry
  • exercise regularly
  • cut down on alcohol and caffeine (like tea, coffee and soft drink) to avoid constipation


  • do not wipe your bottom too hard after passing stools
  • do not ignore the urge to go to the bathroom
  • do not push too hard when on the toilet
  • do not take painkillers that contain codeine, as they cause constipation
  • do not take ibuprofen if your piles are bleeding
  • do not spend more time than you need to on the toilet

If your haemorrhoids do not clear up even after following the advice above, one of pharmacists can suggest:

  • creams to ease the pain, itching and swelling
  • treatment to help constipation and soften poo
  • cold packs to ease discomfort

Next steps…

If you are suffering from haemorrhoids, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by booking a free telephone consultation with one of our experienced pharmacists for advice and support.

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