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Internal haemorrhoids or piles are actually swollen veins, 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.
There are a few reasons that this weakness occurs, from bad diet to family history.
If you do suffer with haemorrhoids, the symptoms can be different depending on which type of haemorrhoid you actually have. Internal piles are far enough inside your bottom that you can’t usually see them or feel them.
Some people may never know that they actually have internal hemorrhoids until they become irritated.
Internal hemorrhoids generally don’t hurt, because there are very few pain-sensing nerves in the area they are located. The first sign that you have internal piles is usually blood spots on the toilet paper you’ve used after you’ve been for a bowel movement (poo).
There are other signs to look out for with internal piles, such as an itchy bum. This is caused by a discharge that may occur, which can make your bottom sore and uncomfortable. The temptation to scratch your bottom can be overwhelming, but that can make matters worse. There are over the counter products available at your local pharmacy that offer relief from itching.
The treatments range from invasive surgical treatments to non-invasive non-surgical treatments.
Electrotherapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment that can eradicate your piles and, for most people, enable you to get back to your life on the same day.
Electrotherapy is a non-invasive non-surgical treatment that can be used to treat internal haemorrhoids / 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 specialist nurse.
No preparation (e.g. no enema)
Treatment is carried out in the comfort of your own home
Non-invasive — no cutting or needles
No need to travel to clinic or hospital — our nurses come to you.
Each treatment takes 10-30 minutes
90% of patients who shared their experience resumed normal activities the same day
Many of our patients are cleared after one treatment.
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.
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.
Suffering with haemorrhoids? Need some advice? View our lifestyle booklet for advice on diet, exercise, hydration to help manage your symptoms.