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Haemorrhoids, also known as hemorrhoids or piles, are structures found within the anal canal. While haemorroids is the name of these structures, the word haemorrhoids has become synonymous with the condition that occurs when they become swollen or inflamed (piles).

At Express Chemist, we understand that haemorrhoids can be embarrassing as well as painful. That's why we ship all of our packages in plain boxes with no advertising outside whatsoever.

If you would like further advice and information on haemorrhoids and piles, please visit our piles information section at the bottom of the page.

Haemorrhoid Brands:

Anacal
Anacal
Anodesyn
Anodesyn
Anusol
Anusol
Germoloids
Germoloids
HemoClin
HemoClin
Preparation H
Preparation H

Popular Piles Treatments

Anusol Cream 43g
Anusol Cream 43g:

Top chioce with our customers!

Anusol Cream is our best-selling piles treatment. It calms and protects irritated areas, reduces swelling and won't stain clothing.   More >>>
Price: £4.99 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Anusol products and save 5%)
 
Anodesyn Triple-Action Suppositories 12
Anodesyn Triple-Action Suppositories 12:

With local anaesthetic!

Anodesyn Suppositories have a triple-action formula that soothes pain, relieves itching and promotes healing.   More >>>
Price: £3.59 (incl VAT)
 
Anacal Rectal Ointment 30g
Anacal Rectal Ointment 30g:

Dual-action formula!

Anacal Rectal Ointment reduces swelling and relieves pain.   More >>>
Price: £4.49 (incl VAT)
 
Preparation H Clear Gel 50g
Preparation H Clear Gel 50g:

Natural ingredients!

Preparation H Clear Gel contains witch hazel to cool and calm painful, swollen tissue and hydrate dry, sore skin.   More >>>
Price: £4.89 (incl VAT) (Buy 3 or more for £4.65 each)
 
Germoloids Soothing Wipes 10
Germoloids Soothing Wipes 10: Please note that this product has been discontinued by the manufacturer.



Handy and hygienic!

Fresh, soothing flushable wipes designed to compliment your existing haemorrhoid regime.   More >>>
Price: £2.59 (incl VAT)
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Haemorrhoid Treatment:

Haemorrhoid Cream

Haemorrhoid Cream  
A soothing cream treatments can effectively treat and ease the discomfort of haemorrhoids.   More >>>
 

Haemorrhoid Ointment

Haemorrhoid Ointment  
Our selection of haemorrhoid ointments includes some treaments with double-action formulas where a local anaesthetic or hydrocortisone is added to provide additional relief from the irritation of piles.   More >>>

Haemorrhoid Gel

Haemorrhoid Gel  
A clear, easily absorbed haemorrhoid gel is a good alternative for anyone that finds creams and ointments to be a little sticky.   More >>>
 

Haemorrhoid Suppositories

Haemorrhoid Suppositories  
Haemorrhoidal suppositories are inserted into the rectum to provide direct, lasting relief.   More >>>

Haemorrhoid Wipes & Sprays

Haemorrhoid Wipes & Sprays  
Soothing wipes can provide addition relief alongside your choice of haemorrhoid cream, ointment or gel, while a spray is ideal for anyone not wishing to apply a piles treatment with their fingertips.   More >>>
 

Haemorrhoid Relief with Hydrocortisone

Haemorrhoid Relief with Hydrocortisone  
Hydrocortisone has an anti-inflammatory effect that helps to soothe and reduce the swelling and discomfort associated with haemorrhoids.   More >>>

Natural Haemorrhoid Relief

Natural Haemorrhoid Relief  
Not all of us want to put potent medicines on our skin, especially in delicate areas! If a natural alternative appeals to you, come see our range of medicine-free haemorrhoid treatments.   More >>>
 

Related Products:

Stool Softeners

Stool Softeners  
Stool softeners provide relief when bowel movement is painful or difficult, especially if you suffer from piles or anal fissure.   More >>>
 

Pressure Relief Cushions

Pressure Relief Cushions  
Pressure relief cushions, such as a ring cushion relieve pressure when sitting down. Ideal when suffering with painful piles!   More >>>

Itch Relief

Itch Relief  
Anal itching (Pruritus Ani) is a common symptom of piles. It can be particularly irritating, especially as scratching isn't always convenient.
  More >>>
 

Lubricants

Lubricants  
A personal lubricant may help in inserting suppositories, and may also help in passing stools if applied to the affected area.   More >>>

Piles Information:

Frequently Asked Questions about Piles

What are piles?
Piles are pads of tissue around the anus caused by swelling or damage to the blood vessels in the rectum. They tend to be round and can often project around 1-2cm outside of the anus.

How are piles caused?
Piles can be caused by a number of factors including:
  • Straining to have a poo.
  • High blood pressure within the blood vessels of the rectum.
  • During pregnancy, the hormones can increase the pressure on the blood vessels of the rectum, and the weight of the baby can also cause a strain on the bowels.
  • Placing too much pressure on the anus, for example sitting on a hard surface. Heavier people may be prone to piles because of the increased pressure on the anus when sitting, although heavier people tend to have more cushioning around the bottom which can help alleviate the symptoms.

    How can piles be prevented?
    If you find yourself straining when having a poo, then you may find that a laxative will help. You can also cut down on salt and unhealthy foods in order to reduce your blood pressure. Some people may also find that aspirin will help thin the blood and hence help to prevent piles.

    How can piles be treated?
    The treatments on this page vary in their mechanisms of action. Germoloids products contain zinc oxide, an astringent that reduces the swelling, as well as lidocaine, an anaesthetic to numb the pain. Germoloids products are available in ointment, cream and suppository forms. There is also a Germoloids hydrocortisone spray for severe piles, and a handy pack of Germoloids soothing wipes. Anusol contains zinc oxide and the range also includes hydrocortisone suppositories and ointments. Hemoclin is an all-natural product based on the Aloe plant. Preparation H is also based around natural ingredients. Anacal prevents the body from producing chemicals that cause swelling, and also contains an anaesthetic. Lanacane treats the itching, and DulcoEase softens the stools to make the toilet experience less painful.

    Why don't all piles treatments contain hydrocortisone?
    Although hydrocortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory and significantly reduces the size of piles, it can also cause thinning of the delicate skin around the anus if used for long periods of time. It is advisable to only use hydrocortisone for periods of a week or less, and switch to non-hydrocortisone treatments after that. Some people may also be allergic to hydrocortisone, and as hydrocortisone is a steroid, is not suitable for patients who are already using a steroid.

    What if I am bleeding?
    Sometimes, piles can rupture and bleed. However, if the bleeding is particularly heavy or continuous, then you should contact your doctor immediately as it may be indicative of a deeper condition.

    Can piles become infected?
    Piles can become infected and hence it is necessary to keep the affected area clean. A product such as Germoloids Soothing Wipes will help to maintain cleanliness after going to the loo.

    How do I insert a suppository if the symptoms are painful?
    You may find that a lubricant will help to ease the suppository into the anus. Of course, products such as Germoloids HC spray are particularly good because they can be applied without having to touch the affected area at all.

    Are my bowels falling out?
    Piles are merely inflamed tissues within the anus, and not a sign that the bowels are about to fall out in any way. There is a condition known as "rectal prolapse" where the bowels can actually come out, but this is a different thing to piles. Rectal prolapse can be caused by childbirth or any condition that causes the rectal ligaments to weaken. It can also affect toddlers or the elderly.  
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    Choosing a Piles Treatment:

    How to choose a treatment for piles: Broadly speaking, there are two types of piles: external piles, and internal piles. External piles look like grapes around the anus are more noticeable and more commonly-complained about. For these, we recommend a cream or ointment, such as Anusol Cream or Germoloids Ointment.

    Internal piles are often less painful, but can be noticed as streaks of bright red blood in stools, and discomfort when passing stools. Internal piles can be treated with a suppository product. For people on the move with moderate, less painful internal piles, our most popular product is Anusol Suppositories. We would also recommend wipes for hygiene such as the Germoloids Soothing Wipes, together with a soothing cream such as Anusol Cream.

    For more painful piles, we recommend Germoloids Ointment or Cream, together with the soothing wipes. The suppositories would also be handy if you are on the move.

    For severe piles, we recommend using Germoloids HC for the first week (unless you are pregnant or breastfeeding), followed by Germoloids ointment or cream; again, together with the germoloids wipes. You might also like to try the Dunlopillo Ring Cushion.

    For internal piles, we recommend one of the suppository treatments above, as the treatment will get straight to the target with a minimum of mess.

    Preparation H is also a very popular formula, though please note that the formula changed in April 2008.

    A lubricant may be useful if trying to insert suppositories.

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