Haemorrhoids, which are also known as “piles”, are swollen blood vessels that form in the anus and rectum. They are sometimes described as the varicose veins of the anus and rectum and are very common. Nearly half of us will be affected by haemorrhoids at some point during our lives.
The commonest cause is constipation. Excessive straining to open your bowels results in the normal veins becoming enlarged and forced downwards to become haemorrhoids. Other causes include pregnancy and childbirth. Sometimes haemorrhoids can run in families.
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