Haemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in and around the anus. Things that may cause haemorrhoids include straining to pass a bowel movement, pregnancy, aging, chronic constipation or diarrhea, or anal intercourse. Haemorrhoids can be internal or external. Symptoms may include blood in the stool or on the toilet paper, incomplete bowel movements, rectal itching, and a soft lump at the anal opening. Treatment options include increasing fibre and fluids, medications such as creams or suppositories, surgery, increasing physical activity, warm tub or sitz baths, Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbal remedies, homoeopathy, and Ayurveda.
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