Haemorrhoids / Piles
Essentially enlarged veins where blood can pool either inside or protrude outside the anus or rectum. The veins in this area do not have valves to keep the blood flowing adequately and what with gravity drawing downwards and the pushing effect when evacuating the bowel these veins are susceptible to becoming weak and less efficient.
There are two types of haemorrhoids
Inside the rectum – bleeding can be noted after a bowel evacuation but generally do not cause any other types of symptoms.
Outside the rectum – These are usually larger than internal haemorrhoids, again these may bleed upon bowel evacuation but they can also cause a lot of discomfort. They be due to constipation, child birth a poor diet to name a few few. External haemorrhoids can often shrivel up when bowel movements and diet are improved.