Haemorrhoids (also known as piles) are itchy, sore, irritating little lumps around your anus that can cause a lot of discomfort. …read moreSee less
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Which is the best haemorrhoid cream?
The best haemorrhoid cream is simply the one that works for you.
Different haemorrhoid creams use different active ingredients, so if you’re unsure which cream to use, we’d recommend speaking to your doctor or pharmacist so they can recommend which one will be best for you.
What are haemorrhoids?
Haemorrhoids, which are also known as piles, are small, itchy lumps that can form in and around your back passage (anus).
They’re usually harmless but can cause discomfort or pain when you go to the toilet and can be generally itchy and irritating throughout the day.
The cause of haemorrhoids isn’t currently known, but it’s thought that a build-up of pressure in your anus makes the blood vessels there swell, causing these little lumps to form.
This is why haemorrhoids are often linked to constipation, straining when you poo, or even heavy lifting, as they can all cause pressure in your back passage.
Haemorrhoids will usually clear up by themselves after a few days, but you could benefit from treatment if yours are particularly large, sore or last for more than a week.
You can treat or prevent piles by drinking lots of fluid and eating plenty of fibre, wiping your bottom with damp toilet paper, taking paracetamol to ease the pain and cutting down on alcohol and caffeine.
Is haemorrhoid cream used for external or internal piles?
Haemorrhoid creams from Anusol and Germoloids can be used to treat both external and internal piles.
If you’re unsure whether cream is the right treatment for your piles, wherever they may be, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Can I use haemorrhoid cream during pregnancy?
Haemorrhoids are a common issue that many pregnant women face.
You can use some haemorrhoid creams during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, but you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before doing so, to make sure the treatment you want to use is sage for both you and your baby.