Piles - do NOT use this to wipe after using the toilet

Piles, or haemorrhoids as they’re also known, are swollen blood vessels that are found in or around the anus, according to the NHS.

Haemorrhoids don’t often cause any symptoms, and some people don’t even realise they have them.

But, the condition can cause a mucus discharge after passing a stool, or a soreness around the anus.

If you have piles, you should never wipe with toilet paper after using the toilet.

“Using toilet paper after a bowel movement can aggravate existing haemorrhoids,” said medical website Healthline.

“Instead, using wipes can help keep you clean without causing further irritation.

“For an added boost, you can find wipes with soothing, anti-haemorrhoid ingredients like witch hazel or aloe vera.

“Make sure that the wipes you choose do not have alcohol, perfume, or other irritants in them. These substances could aggravate symptoms instead of relieving them.”

Applying ice packs or cold compresses to the anus could help to relieve swelling caused by haemorrhoids.

Using a cold compress is particularly effective for patients with larger, more painful haemorrhoids.

Swap tight-fitted clothing for loose, cotton trousers and underwear.

Avoid using perfumed detergents, or fabric softeners, to reduce irritation, Healthline said.

You should see a GP if you have persistent, or severe symptoms of haemorrhoids.

Rectal bleeding should always be checked by a doctor.

Most of the time, piles clear up by themselves, or by using over-the-counter medication from a pharmacy.

“Some people with haemorrhoids are reluctant to see their GP,” said the NHS.

“But there's no need to be embarrassed – GPs are very used to diagnosing and treating haemorrhoids.”

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