Hemorrhoids are also known as piles. A hemorrhoid is a swelling of the veins in the lower anus and rectum. It may cause localized inflammation in other tissues.
Piles are common, but often their symptoms are not obvious. In the United States, at least 50% of people over 50 have noticeable symptoms associated with hemorrhoids.
In this article, we will examine piles, their causes, how to diagnose, grade, and treat them, as well as the effects they might have.
Usually, piles do not cause serious health issues and will resolve by themselves.
Here are some symptoms of piles:
piles can deteriorate into a more severe condition. Examples include:
However, many people with piles may not experience any symptoms.
Piles are usually diagnosed through a physical examination. A doctor will examine the person's anus.
He or she may ask the following questions: