Piles (haemorrhoids) - Symptoms 

Symptoms of piles (haemorrhoids) 

Most cases of piles (haemorrhoids) are mild, and the symptoms often disappear on their own after a few days. 

Some people may not even realise they have haemorrhoids, as they do not experience symptoms.

However, when symptoms do occur they may include: 

  • bleeding after passing a stool (the blood will be bright red)
  • itchiness around your anus (the opening where stools leave the body)
  • a lump hanging down outside of the anus, which may need to be pushed back in after passing a stool
  • a mucus discharge after passing a stool 
  • soreness, redness and swelling around your anus

Haemorrhoids are not usually painful, unless their blood supply slows down or is interrupted.

When to seek medical advice

If you have persistent or severe symptoms of haemorrhoids, see your GP.

You should always get any rectal bleeding checked out, so your doctor can rule out more potentially serious causes.

Read more about how haemorrhoids are diagnosed.

Page last reviewed: 08/04/2014

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The 2 comments posted are personal views. Any information they give has not been checked and may not be accurate.

VALDERRE said on 30 May 2013

I have had external piles now for years. I very rarely get any pain or itching though. Sometimes they ache if I have been stood for long periods of time. I think I also have IBS so my stools can be normal, constipated or diarrhea. Because they don't actually give me any pain I have left them but I do find they very embarrassing and am thinking that now is the time to do something about them. Is the only cure to have them removed?

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Rosie789 said on 06 November 2012

I was looking for the information about the piles and I come to your post and it has given the right information and answers to my question...

Thanks so much..

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