Symptoms of piles (haemorrhoids) include:

  • bright red blood after passing stools
  • itching, discomfort or soreness around the anus
  • feeling that your bowels haven’t completely emptied after going to the toilet
  • slimy mucus around the anus
  • lumps in or around your anus
  • pain around your anus

You should book an urgent GP appointment or call 111 if:

  • you have piles and your temperature is very high or you feel hot and shivery and generally unwell
  • you have pus leaking from your piles

You should go to A&E or call 999 if you have piles and:

  • you are in severe pain
  • you are bleeding non-stop or there is a lot of blood when passing stools or you see large blood clots

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Nov 04, 2020 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Jun 15, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm