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Hemorrhoids, also called piles, are swollen and inflamed veins in the anus and rectum. They may result from straining during a bowel movement or the increased pressure on these veins during pregnancy, among other causes.


Symptoms may include:



Causes may include:



Treatment may include:

  • medication including over-the-counter creams, ointments or pads
  • daily warm baths
  • incision to remove clot

Types include:


  • internal – not visible, and person usually cannot feel these hemorrhoids. Straining or irritation from passing stool can injure a hemorrhoid's delicate surface and cause it to bleed.
  • external – visible and tend to be painful

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