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There are a number of different types of haemorrhoids / piles.
The exact nature and type of haemorrhoid / piles that you may be suffering from can only be determined after undergoing a proper examination by a medical professional. Our specialist nurses can help with your diagnosis.
To help you understand a little more about the different types of haemorrhoids and how they may affect your life, we’ve put together a few pages that hopefully shed some light on what to look out for.
Piles can be embarrassing talk about, so the better informed you are, the better able you are to seek help and take steps towards eradicating them.
Haemorrhoids (piles) are enlarged and swollen blood vessels in or around the lower rectum and the anus. It’s very common – about 8 million people in the UK suffer with piles (haemorrhoids).
The veins around your anus tend to stretch under pressure and may bulge or swell. Haemorrhoids can develop from increased pressure in the lower rectum due to:
The best way to prevent haemorrhoids is to keep your stools soft, so they pass easily. To prevent haemorrhoids and reduce symptoms of haemorrhoids, follow these tips:
Internal haemorrhoids are actually swollen veins and their support tissues, situated in the lower part of your rectum. Sometimes the blood vessels and associated tissues become weak and stretch so thin that they bulge and become irritated
External haemorrhoids are different from internal haemorrhoids in two important ways: the first and most obvious difference is where they are located – external haemorrhoids, as the name suggests, are on the outside of your anus. Internal haemorrhoids are on the inside.
Internal haemorrhoids can “prolapse.” If they prolapse, they become swollen and protrude outside your rectum. They can be quite uncomfortable when this happens and are more likely to be prone to bleeding.
A thrombosed haemorrhoid, is the medical term for a haemorrhoid that has become swollen due to a small blood clot within the haemorrhoid. The word ‘thrombosis’ means clotting.
Accurately diagnosing haemorrhoids is difficult, even for medical practitioners. This is especially true of sentinel piles, because they are in fact not haemorrhoids at all. A sentinel pile is also known as a sentinel anal skin tag or rectal skin tag, and, for the more medically minded, may also be called a hypertrophied papilla or fibro-epithelial polyp.
If you suffer with haemorrhoids, then understanding how the medical profession grades the different sizes and nature of your piles could be vital in how you approach the treatment of your specific condition.
Electrotherapy is a non-invasive non-surgical treatment that can be used to treat internal piles and, for most people, enable you to get back to your life on the same day. Please get in touch to discuss your treatment options with a nurse specialist.
Suffering from haemorrhoids? Find advice on diet, exercise, hydration to help manage your symptoms.
Answer some simple questions about the symptoms you are experiencing to get your haemorrhoid symptom score and receive advice on what it means and what to do next.