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Piles & Haemorrhoids

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Simple lifestyle changes can often be the answer to a mild case of piles, especially if constipation and over-straining were the cause. By introducing more fibre into your diet you can help make your stools softer and easier to pass, which will reduce the amount of straining. Be sure to drink plenty of water too as dehydration can lead to constipation and then to piles. When going to the toilet try substituting dry toilet paper for a moist one, such as Andrex Washlets or Preparation H Soothing Wipes. This will avoid irritating the area around the anus. It is also advised to pat the area around the bottom instead of rubbing it after going to the toilet.

If you require medication, there are many different over-the-counter remedies available. These topical treatments include; ointments, creams, sprays and suppositories. Anusol, Germoloids, Preparation H and Anodesyn are all brands of medication that you can buy without a prescription. Most of these treatments are designed to soothe the irritation in and around the anus and are zinc based, which provides a barrier for the sore skin, helping to prevent infection.

If there is severe inflammation around the anus then certain preparations, such as Anusol Plus HC and Germoloids HC, contain hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisone is a steroid, which will help reduce this inflammation. Other preparations contain local anaesthetics, such as lidocaine. Lidocaine will help numb the area, thus providing added pain relief. Germoloids Triple Action cream and ointment are examples of products that contain lidocaine.

If your piles are the result of constipation then a laxative may be necessary. These are medicines designed to empty the bowel and relieve any straining associated with passing stools. See our constipation section for further information on laxatives and treating constipation.

If your haemorrhoids have developed above the dentate line then over-the-counter treatments are not appropriate and your GP may refer you to a specialist. The recommended procedures in these cases are banding and sclerotherapy. Banding is a procedure that involves reducing the haemorrhoid’s blood supply by attaching a very tight elastic around their base. Sclerotherapy is an injection that both numbs pain as well as hardening the tissue of the haemorrhoid, causing it to ultimately reduce and shrivel up.      


Preventing piles in most cases is actually quite simple. The key is not burdening your stomach and bowels with any unnecessary pressure. A healthy lifestyle is essential for reducing your risk of developing the condition.

  • Ensure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water and fruit juices. Try to avoid alcohol and caffeine as this can dehydrate you and lead to hardened dry stools and then constipation.
  • Make sure your diet is rich in fibre so that things keep on moving. Fibre rich foods include; wholemeal bread, fruit, vegetables, brown rice, nuts and seeds.
  • Take regular light exercise. Simple activities such as walking and swimming are great ways to help prevent piles.
  • When possible never ignore the call of nature. If the urge presents itself then it’s important to answer it. Holding it in repeatedly can result in constipation and piles.
  • Try to avoid sitting on the toilet for too long as this posture has the body’s weight bearing down on the backside, exactly the kind of pressure that it is important to avoid. 

The Independent Pharmacy is an online pharmacy and online doctor service is owned and operated by ABSM Healthcare Ltd (Company Reg. 08515600) and Red Label Medical Ltd (Company Reg. 08676338). All information that appears on this website is intended for information purposes only and should be used to supplement, not replace, your relationship with your local healthcare professionals. You should consult your doctor if you think you may have a health problem or before you start taking a new medicine. Please ensure you always read the information leaflets supplied with any medicinal products.For more information see our policies and terms and conditions at the bottom of every page. © 2014 ABSM Healthcare Ltd. All rights reserved.
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