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Can piles cause bleeding?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Yes: Piles are small collections of blood vessels under the skin near the rectum. They can enlarge in pregnancy and become pretty fragile. If they are traumatized, they can bleed a little. Usually this is spotting or a little blood in the toilet rather than a significant amount of blood. The best way to prevent this is to have soft, formed bowel movements.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Piles are an old term for hemorrhoids and yes, they can cause bleeding, but so can many other diagnoses, including colon polyps and cancer. Get an colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist to confirm the diagnosis. No amount of bleeding is normal!

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A 29-year-old female asked:

What is the cause of piles?

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Dr. Jason Boardman
General Surgery 25 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are congested veins in the rectal and anal area. When they act up the can cause a variety of symptoms from burning, itching to severe pain. After one has developed a clot and the clot has resolved there can be a remnant of skin left in the area. The best treatment is to avoid straining and constipation. There are multiple surgical treatments available should you choose one.

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