The symptoms of piles

The symptoms of piles vary from person to person so if this is the first time you've had piles, it’s a good idea to go and see your doctor. While none of the symptoms are pleasant, it’s important to remember that there’s lots you can do to make them better!

If you think you have piles, look out for these key symptoms:

  • Itchiness, soreness and/or inflammation around your anus.
  • Bleeding when passing a stool (the blood will be bright red).
  • Mucous discharge after passing stool.
  • Discomfort or pain while you're going to the loo.
  • Feeling like your bowels need to be emptied even after going to the toilet.
  • A bulging or lumpy feeling just inside your back passage.
  • Hard lump(s) protruding from your bottom.
  • Occasional sharp pains in your bottom.
  • A dragging sensation in your back passage.

If you have any other symptoms - especially heavy bleeding from your bottom, or a noticeable change in your stool - see your doctor straight away.

What do piles feel like?

If you have small, internal piles, you might not be able to feel or see them. Instead, you’ll most likely notice one of the above symptoms. If you have larger piles, you may feel a small hard lump on the outside of your anus, or even feel a lump hanging down.

Who is most likely to get piles?

Certain people are more likely like get piles than others, including men and women over 45, pregnant women and new mums, and those carrying extra weight.

To find out more about the likely causes of piles, and who’s most affected click here.

And to learn more about piles amongst new mums click here.

How can you get relief?

How can you get relief?

If this is the first time you've had piles, it’s a good idea to go and see your doctor. They may recommend an over the counter treatment, which you can buy from your local pharmacy, supermarket and online. And by making little changes to your daily routine, you can start making a difference right away!

In the meantime, you can find out more about piles treatments below…

Where to buy

Where to buy?

Anusolâ„¢ is available at most supermarkets and pharmacies. Find out where your local shop is, or buy online.

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Our range

The Anusol™ range includes creams, ointments, suppositories, and even wipes - everything you’ll need for effective relief.

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Anusol is the UK's #1 piles treatment*

* Based on Nielsen UK unit sales at all retailers 21.03.2020.
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