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      25.07.2012 21:27
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      cream probably better for pain relief only

      When I was pregnant with my daughter and about 6/7 months threw my pregnancy I woke up one day with an excruciating and irritating pain at my rear end. It was uncomfortable to sit down and especially awful to go to the loo and I became worried. I could also feel a small bump at my posterior and was absolutely petrified wondering what it could be! I remember showing my mum (bless her cotton socks!) who whilst being grossed out, also told me it was just piles (aka haemorrhoids) and I should go to the doctor for some free prescription to ease the pain.

      Still quite horrified thinking I had some rare disease I visited my GP who explained that piles are just a swollen blood vessel around the anus which is common in pregnancy due to the pressure of the baby. He prescribed me this anusol treatment to use twice a day for a week and it should ease the pain, and hopefully reduce the inflamed blood vessel.

      The cream was a small white, slightly sticky and greasy consistency, but with no overtly strong smell. Usually I would not be so willing to be creaming my booty hole (trying to put it nicely for the purpose of this review!) but as it literally was soooo sore making it uncomfortable to sit down as it stung so much I applied it generously on my finger tip (having washed my hands first to make sure they were clean!) and rubbed it all over the affected area as much as I could. I wouldn't say the results were immediate, but I used it before bedtime again and by the time I woke up the next morning the pain was gone. HOORAH!! However, the lump could still be felt *insert sad face here*.

      I continued with the prescription for the remainder of the duration, and as much as I give the cream a big thumbs up for eliminating all pain and stinging and allowing me to walk like I didn't have a stick up my ass (almost literally!) it did not remove the haemorrhoid itself. Since then I have tried suppositories and other methods of treatment, so for general relief of piles pain I give this cream a big thumbs up but for curing the root of the evil, it is not the one.

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      19.07.2012 00:10
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      An embarrassing problem solved with an awfully named cream.

      After I had my son I was promptly informed by the lovely midwife, 'Oh honey, you have piles, let me give you something for that. . . ' not the nicest thing I've ever been presented with although after 5 hours of pushing as hard as possible it was probably likely something else would happen to shred my dignity just that little bit further. The woman presented my with this cream to clear it up although until now (almost 4 years later) I am still scarred by the experience but for 60p I'll bear my soul (or my bottom) so here we are.

      The mystery 'something' was Anusol, the leading haemorrhoid treatment in the UK apparently. Firstly I have to comment but who came up with the word haemorrhoid anyway, they may as well have called it something simple you could actually spell with ease and secondly the creative team for the product is terrible, 'Anusol' really? Either they were trying to embarrass people trying to buy this in a pharmacy (thank heavens I didn't have to do this and got given it by just the one midwife!) or it was a really bad error on their part. The cynical side of me believes it's the former but however.

      Apart from the terrible name displayed on the box, it looks like a standard medicated cream, nothing special or memorable really, it's made of cardboard which houses the tube of cream inside. I have no idea how much this costs but it is a 23g tube and it should be available in all good chemists over the counter.

      Just quickly before I get into the actual product review piles are basically blood vessels that become swollen in the entrance of the anus which when strained exit and are visible around the (it's taken me a while to think of a word here that is suitable) bum hole. They also have some symptoms which thankfully I have never suffered but it tends to be itching, bleeding, soreness and swelling. The main reason for piles is straining from pushing through constipation or it's common during pregnancy as the baby puts pressure on the glands so it's something that is common but it's still embarrassing for most people I imagine.

      Ok so the cream, to open you unscrew the cap and use the topside to pierce through the foil layer to allow you access to the cream inside the tube. After this it's simple you just squeeze a little of the cream onto the tip of clean fingers and rub over the piles that are easily detected as like large balls that quite clearly shouldn't be there. You should apply this morning, evening and after a bowel movement so you don't have to stick your fingers up there multiple times a day really. I wondered why there was a nozzle and it was only after reading some reviews online I was alerted to the fact you should stick it in your bum to soothe internal piles (yes I didn't read the instructions extensively). I can't say I used this part only the external use. The cream has a strange smell to it although where it's going it doesn't really matter and it didn't linger about (not that I go sticking my head up my bum or anything but you know). It was easy enough to apply and although I didn't get a look at where it was going (I have never tried to look at my bum hole but I can't imagine it to be an easy task) I felt confident enough that it went on the affected area easily and done the job it was meant to.

      As I say I didn't actually suffer any symptoms apart from a slight feeling of having something wedged in my bum which wasn't the most comfortable but as I had a multitude of other problems 'down there' this was the least of my worries. I did notice however that the 'full' feeling left quite quickly and during a routine check by the midwife where I was, yet again, dropping my trousers she informed me that they were clearing up well. After around a week of use I couldn't feel anything else and so I stopped using the cream and have never been affected since (I thank my lucky stars every day - well every once in a while anyway) so it must have done something right.

      I would recommend using this cream as a treatment for piles if you become as unfortunate as me to suffer as it really did the job well despite the awful name.

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      27.03.2012 20:43
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      helps soothe the pain

      One of the most uncomfortable side effects of pregnancy (or, in my case, giving birth) is the appearance of haemorrhoids or piles. They are also one of the most embarassing problems and not one that you like to talk about much. They cause alot of pain around your back passage and can be internal or external. I suffered largely from external piles after giving birth (a lot of pushing in labour caused mine!). When I was discharged from hospital having given birth, amongst the medication I was sent home with was a tube of anusol cream for the treatment of piles. It is also available off the shelf at most supermarkets and chemists, prices at around £3.

      The cream comes in a blue and white metallic squeezy tube, inside a blue and white cardboard box. The top of the tube is sealed and needs to be pierced using the top of the white plastic screw lid to open. The cream itself is a white-cream in colour and holds it's shape when squeezed but is quite soft and wet to the touch. It has a distinctive smell, not unpleasant but a very unique smell that I am unable to compare with aything else.

      The cream contains 'an astringent to help soothe the area and reduce swelling, an antiseptic to reduce the risk of infection, and an emollient to help protect sore skin'. You apply the cream to the affected area morning and night and after every bowel movement, ensuring that your skin is clean. There is an applicator provided for internal piles but I did not need to use this. I found it quite messy to apply and get to the right area but, once applied it was almost instantly soothing - reducing pain and itching too. The piles did shrink over time with this but the main benefit for me was the relief from soreness and the uncomfortable feeling that piles bring with them (at a time when there is enough discomfort anyway!). The tube was plenty enough to rid me of the piles (they were quite a severe case) and still have some in the cupboard should a relapse occur.

      Overall, this is an effective cream that eases the pain and discomfort of piles but can be a little messy to apply.

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      24.03.2012 17:54
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      Wonderful cream I can heartily recommend

      Apologies in advance to anyone of a nervous dispositon, but this is a review about piles and pile relief cream, and as such, I need to be descriptive, though hopefully not too graphic. Please stop now if you don't want to read any further:

      I have suffered from nasty hemorrhoids now for the past seven years. I can almost trace it back to the day our son was born. Sitting with my other half through a long and painful labour, watching her strain and push our boy into the world, I pushed with her. I remember clearly I was suffering from IBS at that time, brought about by the stress of becoming a father for the first time, losing my beloved hamster and trying to learn how to drive all at one. It was too much for me. I still suffer from intermittent IBS and this is when my large and very painful swollen veiny piles are prone to rearing their large ugly heads.

      My poor other half also suffers from piles and together we manage to console one another and have tried many and various treatments and so called remedies, some have been fairly successful but others not so good. I am in the process of considering surgery as currently they are so painful I am having a lot of difficulty in opening my bowels. I often I bleed into the toilet bowl and this can be a frightening experience the first time it happens as I convinced myself I was bowel cancer.. After many exploratory tests at my local hospital, I have been assured that it is an 'external' problem, and the condition which is commonly known as piles.

      Lately my wife and I have been using a great cream called Anusol, which we each buy in a 43 g tube (though you can buy the smaller ones if you prefer) and this costs us £3.50 each. Until fairly recently I had been trying a suppository which had been recommended to me by a (good close) friend. Unfortunately this failed to work for me. During the night I suffered an embarrassing experience. I woke during the night to urinate (as I do) and I broke wind out of my anus as I strained to pee. I did not realise until the following morning after discovering what looked like a film of 'pebbledash' across our bathroom door and wall, that I had, in fact expelled the suppository out of my anus and it had peppered the wall with a fine white chalky deposit. Not nice - especially for my dear wife who had to clear it up as I was running late for work!

      Both my wife and I have our own separate tubes of Anusol (for hygiene reasons) as this comes with a kind of little nozzle at the end which we endeavour to insert slightly into our respective rectums. I always like to spread extra cream on the outside of the bum hole so that it brings a kind of numbing an anesthetic relief to the piles, which hang down outside of my anus. It is difficult to guide the nozzle into my own anus, however, especially at night if I am tired. It is easier if I squat down on the bathroom floor, remove the bathroom mirror and place on the floor. Then, if I squat over the mirror and use a head torch I can just about see what I am doing and guide the nozzle in the right position. I have to say however, we have resorted, on many occasions, to helping one another out just to ensure the cream is actually going in correctly and performing one another's applications. This is much quicker and easier, and not as messy.

      The cream is wonderful in that it reacts incredibly quickly in reducing the pain and swelling of the angry looking purple piles. The relief is, I can honestly say, immediate for me, though I do think it takes slightly longer for my other half as her piles are a little larger than mine and she has one or two more. This cream is soothing beyond belief and it aids me in actually just being able to do normal things again like riding my bike, sitting down and relaxing and even opening my bowels and straining without experiencing excruciating pain.
      I really do rate this cream very highly. It is effective, easy to get hold of and is by far the best pain relief for piles I have ever used.

      Thoroughly recommended by both me and my wife

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      31.10.2010 15:33
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      An effective remedy for the pain and discomfort.

      I was having a clear out of the bathroom cabinet and came across this stuff, I am glad to say I only ever felt the need to use the once and I hope to never have to have the need to use it again!

      Not a nice subject but if it helps someone I am happy to share!!

      Not long after having my son I developed piles..... not nice at all, I can plainly remember waking up on a Saturday morning in absolute agony, after a quick internet search my first thoughts were quickly confirmed and yep, I did indeed have piles. I spent the entire day not being able to sit, stand or do anything pretty much I just lay on the sofa on my front, I was in so much pain I was crying that night and my hubby couldn't just pop out as he doesn't drive, whereas I do!!
      The next morning I very gingerly sat in the drivers seat of the car and sent hubby into the chemist to get something to ease the pain, he came out with a box of this wonderful cream ~ Anusol.

      As silly as it sounds I couldn't wait to get home and give this a try! You would swear I was a kid with a new toy!!
      I opened the little cardboard container and inside was a tube, very much like a little toothpaste tube, and a little application nozzle for internal use.
      Not really being sure what to do I decided to place it and in and outside! I didn't use much but the relief was almost instant.
      The cream itself was a very pale creamy colour and it had quite a distinctive sweet smell to it.

      I used the cream as directed and within 2 days my symptoms had pretty much disappeared all together, I'm not sure whether they would have cleared as quick by themselves or whether the cream helped but the cream did ease the pain and made it more comfortable for me.

      It contains an anesthetic which helps soothe the pain and it does work greatly.

      Having taken a look at the Anusol website I have come across a few causes of piles and hopeful prevention of piles, I will do a quick C&P below for people to check, I will also list symptoms but you should see a doctor if you are worried or concerned. ~~

      Piles are caused by increased pressure on the blood vessels in your bottom. These blood vessels stretch and swell, and before you know it, you've got one or several symptoms, including itchiness, pain and maybe even bleeding. Ouch.

      Wondering what may cause this increased pressure? A few things:

      Constipation - Never fun, is it. Worse, the straining creates pressure in all the wrong places. What can you do? Try upping your intake of fresh fruit. More fibre will keep things moving as they should.
      Closely related: spending too much time on the toilet, and holding it in when you have to go.

      Pregnancy and childbirth - The extra weight of that lovely bump and the constipation that often comes with pregnancy can put a lot of pressure on your lower organs. Not to mention all that pushing during labour.

      Lifting heavy loads - Whether it's hitting the weights at the gym, hoisting your toddler about or moving boxes at work, you want to take care and avoid putting undue strain on those delicate tissues.

      Being overweight - If you're carrying a few too many pounds, you're putting your abdomen under unnecessary strain. Combine that with a poor diet and you've got a recipe for piles.

      Family history - You may not even know if your parents ever suffered from piles. But if so, you've got someone else you can blame! At least a little.

      You may have piles if you've got:

      ~Itching and soreness around your bottom
      ~A dragging sensation in your back passage
      ~Blood on the toilet paper after you've been to the loo
      ~Discomfort or pain while you're going to the loo
      ~Occasional sharp pains up your bottom
      ~A bulging or lumpy feeling just inside your back passage
      ~Hard lump(s) protruding from your bottom

      Prevention ~

      Eat lots of high-fibre foods to keep things moving as they should. Bump up your brown rice, wholemeal bread, vegetable and fruit intake, and minimise the things that bind you up, especially refined and processed foods like cakes and biscuits.

      Drink plenty of fluids, especially water and fruit juices. But cut back on the coffee and alcohol - they can dehydrate you, and next thing you know, you're constipated and straining on the loo.

      Take regular light exercise - walking and swimming are great piles-fighters.

      It may sound silly, but go to the toilet whenever you need to. Shy at work? Get over it! The alternative is much less pleasant.

      Save the reading for the sofa. Sitting on the loo for too long with much of your body weight bearing down on your bum is the kind of pressure you want to avoid.

      Anusol cream can be bought in supermarkets or pharmacies and costs roughly £3.50 (ish)

      If you are reading this because you have piles and are looking for a cure...
      ~~~~~~~~~~GET WELL SOON~~~~~~~~~~

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      22.06.2009 00:39
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      try a different relif from anal pain

      This may be an embarrasing problem for alot of people but I must advise not to leave it to dissaper on its own it is painful.

      This cream is an aid to help with the pain and discomfort of piles. Most peole will suffer from this condition thoughout their life. Mine is due to two things pregnancy and iron tablets not a good mixture. I was told that this was the best cream on the market and that it would help.

      Unfortunatley piles have to go on their own the cream is only there to try and take down some of the swelling and ease the itching and pain so that you are able to sit down.

      This cream can be used for the internal and external piles. There is a tube that can be attached to the end of the cream tube to be able to insert up the back passage to help with the internal swelling and then can be removed to be able to deal with the external iching and discomfort.

      The easy to read and understand lable is great and will give you some helpful tips on how to ease some of the pain naturally. It costs around £3 a tube from any leading pharmacy but I would not advice to buy this brand at all. I tried to use it for 3 days the iching was still uncontrolable and it didnt seem to be taking the swelling down at all. It was the fact that the iching would not go that put me off this product because I was still getting so much discomfort and being pregnant it is the last thing that is needed.

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      24.10.2008 01:50
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      I have periodic bouts of anaemia. To combat this, I take iron tablets, most of the time without and ill effect - however, sometimes they make my number twos as hard as a brick and about the same size (slight exaggeration perhaps) . As you could imagine, these take quite some shifting, usually involving lots of pained grunting and me being left feeling like mt backsides been cut with a razor .

      A love of incredibly spicy foods doesn't do my delicate little poo-ring much good either - so fairly often, I need something to relieve the soreness and itching.

      Anusol is widely available from supermarkets and chemist - I actually get mine on prescription from the doctor. It comes in three forums, ointment, cream, and suppositories . I've always used the cream , which comes in a green and white box, with the Anusol logo in big white letters on the front .

      The cream comes packaged within a toothpaste style tube , with a lid that has a pointed end for piercing the foil seal on the tube . It also comes with a nozzle for internal application.

      To use it, you have to first make sure the area is clean - I use baby wipes to give it a thorough clean, and then apply either by massaging it in with your fingers for external relief, or with the nozzle for internally . You need to use it in the morning when you get up, before going to sleep at night, and in between every time you do a poo.

      As my problem is a combination of internal and external ( I get small tears, or fissures, when constipated which need treating both ways) I had to do a bit of both. The nozzles small, so not too unpleasant to insert, although it does require some awkward angling, and the cream feels cold as it goes inside . I wiggled the nozzle about a bit to smear it inside ( no way is my finger going up there!) and then popped it into a cup of boiling water to clean.

      On the outside, I massaged in the cream - its quite easy to massage in, and its quite thick , so no runny mess . It started to work right away in soothing the area - helped in part by the fact that I keep it in the fridge so its lovely and cool, and within about 10 minutes I felt loads better , and much less inclined to scratch my itchy bum. Just don't forget to wash your hands after applying.

      Generally, I only need to use this for a couple of days in a row and the problem clears itself up . Tubes have quite a long date on them (mine has 2011) and mine (23g) lasted me quite a while, maybe 4 months on the current tube, but imagine this varies from person to person .

      I've never has any side effects, although the manufacturers leaflet does mention a rash as the only likely side effect . I'd also like to praise the manufacturers leaflet for giving some advice about how to prevent piles in future - little tips about eating lots of fibre, and drinking plenty of water . I don't have piles, just tearing and itching occasionally, but I do think its a nice touch .

      The active ingredients in the cream are Zinc Oxide , Balsam Peru, and Bismuth Oxide .

      Overall, I'd recommend this for use if you suffer from bum pain due to spicy food , constipation, or piles . It works well, is easy to apply, and a tube lasts a long time . Although I don't pay for mine with it being on prescription, its not overly expensive - I've seen it on sale from between £2- £7 , and there are two sized available, 23g and 43g.

      Definately recommended .

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        11.01.2008 22:56
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        A godsend if your are a sufferer

        Haemorrhoids are a particularly uncomfortable and sometimes extremely painful ailment. They are more often called piles and many suffer from this disorder regularly. There are many wives tales associated with the condition, but there is no proof that they are caused by any of the tales you may have encountered especially the sitting or hot or cold surfaces. Haemorrhoids are caused by the swelling of veins surrounding the lower internal part of the rectum. In the most severe cases the veins swell so much that they are forced out of the back passage and are left protruding as very tender areas. It is not a pleasant subject to talk about so I apologise for any uncouthness that may emerge


        As the swelling increases so does the pain as one has to commit to a bowel movement. Sitting and sometimes even just walking can be excruciating and your swelling rubs on your body and your underwear. It is most definitely not a very nice thing to have. One of the most common phrases used to describe this pain is " Like Shitting Glass " without having actually done so you can no doubt imagine the kind of pain that this may incur, fortunately there are many creams and suppositories on the market, and one of the most popular is Anusol. The product comes in two formats cream and suppositories. Suppositories are bullet shaped capsules which contain the same active ingredients as the cream, but some are considered easier to apply for some people since inserting them in the back passage is all that is required. Body heat then causes them to melt and distribute evenly over the affected area.

        Similarly the cream which comes in two sizes 23g and 43g ( and retail at about £3.5 and £5.25 respectively ) can be dispensed in this manor using a small nozzle which is screwed into the end of the tube. By squeezing a little of the cream out and using it to lubricate the nozzle insertion becomes easier and far less painful. On insertion a decent amount should be squeezed into the rectal area continue squeezing as you slowly withdraw the nozzle and allow some of the cream to be left outside so that you can manually ensure any outside piles are coated with the cream.

        Once the cream has been applied you will almost certainly feel instant relief as the anaesthetic effect of the cream both soothes and calms the perpetrators of your discomfort. Whilst you now feel relieved the cream will start to work on the swelling and you will feel the reduction within hours of initial use. Bowel movements might well still be quite painful but you will notice a vast difference. After each movement ensure the area is cleaned and more cream applied as required. The unfortunate expression that I previously used to describe the main will not be a thing of the past and over the next day your relief will only get better as this excellent product does it's job.

        If after using this or indeed any similar product to help you with this condition for a few days with little reduction is size of haemorrhoids of relief from the discomfort you should consult your doctor as soon as possible, in drastic circumstances it is necessary to have the offending veins surgically removed, but in most cases the cream will work fine and you will soon be back to normal.

        If you do suffer from this embarrassing condition don't suffer alone see your pharmacist and he/she will gladly recommend a treatment that will help you greatly reduce you pain. This product is readily available over the counter and now in most superstores such as ASDA and Morrisons. Don't put up with the suffering get that cream now and feel so much better.

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          Cures butt discomfort.....fast!

          Where do I start?!?!?

          Firstly I'm 23 years old, and I'm male. Which explains why I didnt think I would have piles!

          To this day I still dont know where they came from but I do know that Anusol gave some welcoming relief.

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          How it started
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          Over the last six months or so I have had an increasing itch up my backside! Im not really sure how to say it without being too crude but there you go. It was uncomfortable for me and te uncomfortableness was getting worse and worse because the more I was itching the worse the inflammation was getting. It was indeed getting embarrassing as when I was out I had to find a tree or lamp post to hide behind to have a good scratch.

          I was petrified someone would see!

          At work it was no better as I had to keep going to the loo to have a scratch (obviously I washed my hands after).

          In the end about a month ago I had had enough! I was too embarrassed to go and see a doctor so I did a search of the internet and most of the articles I found seemed to point to piles (or haemorrhoids). At first I was a little sceptical as I thought these were something that old people got and pregnant women.

          Anyway I decided to bite the bullet and when I next went shopping I secretly tucked a tube of anusol in the trolley (hiding it under my currant buns to avoid embarrassment). THe main embarrassment I got that day was stupidly choosing a checkout with a cute young lady behind it. I had forgotten I had put it in my trolley and when she came to ring it up I got a funny look and I was mortified. I dont think I've ever gone so red in my life.

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          The Experience
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          When I got home (stopping to itch several times up the road) I put the shopping away and then crept up to the bedroom where I read the leaflet enclosed in the box.

          It said to apply in the morning and evening and after each bowel movement. fair enough!

          It was afternoon but I was in such need of relief I didnt care, so I was to apply it there and then.

          In the box is a 23g tube of anusol and a plastic shaft which is to be inserted into the anus for internal piles. (I was aghast at the thought).

          Still I wanted it to get better and as I hadnt seen a doctor I didnt know if I had them internally (I knew that I had external piles from examination in a miror).

          I decided I would treat for both external and internal as a just in case so firstly I screwed the shaft on to the tube and inserted it as directed into my bum. Then I started squeezing the tube. Oh my god it was shocking! So COLD!

          After squirting a good lot up there I rubbed some around my anus area with my fingers and immediately felt a sense of relief from the itching.

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          The Results
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          I continued to use the product morning and evening for the next week or so (unfortunately it wasnt practical for me to use it after most bowel movements as I was generally at work).

          I am glad to say that although it still itches a little bit, I think this is now down to skin irritation from previous scratching so I am using savlon to control this.

          Generally anusol worked wonders for me, at least it has spared me some embarrassing itching moments.

          Whether the piles come back remains to be seen and I am still amazed that I had them as I didnt think I was particularly at risk.

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          The Causes of Piles
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          Piles are caused by anything that exerts pressure on the lining of the anus. The most common causes of this type of pressure are straining to go to the toilet (constipation) and being overweight, this causes blood vessels that are normally found inside your bum to hang out.

          In men, I have since found out that the main causes are constipation and sitting on the toilet too long reading books and magazines.

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          The Symptoms
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          The main symptons are an itchy bum, together with blood on toilet paper when you wipe. If this has never happened to you before it can be quite disturbing but is caused by the blood vessels becoming grazed on wiping. Also, it is adviseable that if there is a lot of blood, or if there is blood in the faeces, that you see a doctor as it could be something much more sinister.

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          Prevention
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          Piles can be avoided by eating a high-fibre diet (breakfast cereals, wholemeal bread, plenty of fruit and vegetables) and drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. Caffeine dehydrates the body, so decaffeinated teas and coffees are better.

          It's also important not to ignore the need to open the bowels when you feel the need, as this can contribute to constipation. Inactivity is another cause of constipation, and therefore piles, so get up and move about.

          You may also find it beneficial (I did) that if you are buying cheap toilet paper to spalsh out and buy something much softer, of course the added advantage of this is that you get to live like a King or Queen for a few weeks :o)

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          Whats in it?
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          Active ingredients per 100g:
          Zinc Oxide 10.75g, Bismuth oxide 2.14g, Balsam Peru 1.8g

          Also contains:
          Glycerol monostearate, liquid paraffin, propylene glycol, polysorbate 60, sorbitan stearate, E171, methyl hydroxybenzoate, propyl hydroxybenzoate and water.

          Obviously if you are allergic to any of these ingredients you should not use this product.

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          The Cost
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          Costs around £3 for a 23g tube.

          Overall I would definately recommend this product to anyone suffering from piles.

          I guess it would be best if I didnt include any pictures on this review :o)

          Thanks for reading, hope it wasnt too crude, it was certainly embarrassing to write

          PLEASE NOTE: Also published on Ciao by me, TheHairyGodmother

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            10.08.2002 01:47
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            ~ Introduction ~ Some months back, I began to get this terrific pain in my butt and as the days went by, the duration and the intensity of this pain grew and I began to get a little worried - I had never experienced pain quite like this before. After a discussion with family the majority recommended that I go and see the doctor about this, but me being the proud man I am, didn’t like the thought of dropping my kacks in front of the doctor. But then my sister piped up and said - “I reckon you’ve got Haemorrhoids!”, eh! “Haemorrhoids, you know … piles”. She then began to describe the symptoms of the sharp pain, itching and burning sensations and when they are most likely to occur (usually affected by hot or cold) such as after showering or a bath. Piles are actually enlarged or swollen blood vessels, which can occur inside or outside the anus (ewwww … I’m so glad mine were inside). I later went to the chemist to have a look and see what sort of over-the-counter medicines they had for such problems and that is when I discovered ‘Anusol’, ~ Causes ~ So what causes haemorrhoids? The manufacturers list the following as possible causes: · Excessive straining during bowel movements, usually the result of constipation. · Pregnancy, the pressure of a growing baby within the lower abdomen results in increased pressure in the anal vessels. This may lead to swelling and distension. · Heredity (you may be more likely to develop piles if your parents have suffered from them) · Competing in games where bursts of high energy movements are required. · Lifting or heavy manual work resulting in straining or pressure on the lower abdomen. ~ Description ~ Anusol is produced in three different forms – suppositories, ointment and cream. I used the cream (23g) and this is what the opinion is written around. The cream comes in a box roughly 4 x 1 x ½ inches which is coloured in green and white, the tube inside the box is about an inch shorter and is also coloured in green and white. The cream inside the tube is a murky creamy colour and could only be described as having a fragrance like a faint anti-sceptic ointment such as TCP. ~ Application ~ When applying the cream you need to wash the affected area and dry carefully with a soft towel. When dry you can rub the cream in or attach a plastic nozzle to the end of tube, then insert this into your rectum and squeeze the tube gently until you can feel the cold sensation (and boy is this cold!). Make sure that you wash the nozzle thoroughly with hot soapy water after use. The cream needs to be re-applied morning and night and after each bowel evacuation (charming!) until the problem is cleared. Like most medicines, if the problems persist for more than 7 days, then you should consult your GP. I found the nozzle method much better for application as there was hardly any mess and it seemed to treat the affected area much more effectively. ~ Results ~ I am glad to say that after only 2 days of use the problem had cleared and I was back to my old self again doing sports and other strenuous activities (better leave this for a different op – lol!) I think this stuff is magic and if the problem does re-occur then I think that I will stick what I know to actually work – this cost me the sum of £3.15 from a local chemist and saved me from a lot of aggrivation and embarrassment. The manufacturers of this product detail that the only probable side-effect to occur could be a rash for those of you who may sensitive skin, but if you stop using the product then the rash usually clears within a day or two. ~ Ingredients ~ Active ingredients are: Bismuth oxide 2.14, Balsam Peru PH Eur 1.80, Zinc oxide Ph Eur 10.75. <
            br> For those of you who are interested in the other ingredients visit the following web page: http://www.academyhealth.com/anusolcream23g.html Expect to pay somewhere between £3 and £5 from all good pharmacies. Recommended product 10/10

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              14.08.2001 06:05
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              If we were all honest with each other most of us would admit to having had pile (haemorrhoids) at some time in our lives. If you haven’t had them then all I can say is that you’re lucky. So what are piles? (I not going to use the ‘proper’ word any more because its too long and complicated to spell) Piles are basically swollen blood vessels, which you can get inside or outside of the anus (back passage to most of us). My doctor described them to me as being “varicose veins – in your bum”!!! A lot of people have piles but never really suffer the symptoms – if your one of those people then you won’t be needing the wonderful stuff which I’ll be reviewing in a minute. The symptoms are bleeding, swelling and pain, itching or irritation around the anus. However, these symptoms especially the bleeding could be a sign of something more serious – if you’re not sure then go and see your doctor – sure its embarrassing having to pull your pants down and show your bum to your doctor, but it WILL be beneficial. What causes piles? There are several factors that can cause piles and these include: - Straining during bowel movement usually caused by constipation - Pregnancy. As the baby grows it puts extra pressure on the anal vessels - Heredity. Sadly if you’ve got a family history of piles then you could be more susceptible to them How can I try to prevent them? - Eat lots of foods like brown rice, wholemeal bread and wholemeal pasta, they are high in fibre - Eat lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and salads - Drink lots of water - Try and avoid eating too much salty, fatty or sugary foods - Cut back on the amount of tea, coffee and alcohol you drink - Exercise regularly I was unfortunate enough to suffer from piles during my pregnancy but they were never uncomfortable enough to bother me. However,
              10 ½ months after my son was born they were still bothering me a little, and when one delightful little ‘swelling’ decided to hang itself outside my rear end I decided enough was enough. I’d already got a doctors appointment for something else, so when I was there I decided to be ‘brave’ and tell her about the piles!!! This must have been THE most embarrassing moment of my life – she lifted my son out of my arms, closed the curtains and asked me to pull my pants down………aghhhh!!! After this most awkward moment she told me that I had indeed got piles and that she would give me a cream to help relieve the symptoms. Great I thought and went off to collect my Anusol from the Chemists. Whilst this cream is available over-the-counter I got mine on prescription as I’m still entitled to free prescriptions until my son is one year old. Therefore I am unable to comment on the price. On arrival at home I opened the box to find a 23g tube of Anusol cream and a rather odd looking plastic nozzle. After reading the instructions I discovered that this cream should be used in the morning, night and after each bowel movement. That seemed simple enough – but what was the nozzle for?? Further investigation revealed that this 5cm nozzle was to be inserted into the back passage for the relief of internal piles. This was certainly an interesting experience, never having been into that type of thing in bed, and my husband could only wonder in the giggles coming from the bathroom. Trust me, you’ll probably giggle too if you have the ‘pleasure’ of using this cream for internal piles……as with most creams its cold, but up your bum……it felt like ice (not that I’ve ever had ice in there – lol). Despite the embarrassment at the doctors and the giggles at using the cream I’m happy to say that this cream worked VERY quickly. I only had to use it f
              or 2 days for the symptoms of piles to completely disappear. The itchiness went after the first use, while the swelling had gone by the end of the second day. Now for the boring bits. What’s in it? Active ingredients: Zinc Oxide (10.75%) Bismuth Oxide (2.14% Balsam Peru (1.8%) Also contains: Glycerol monostearate Liquid paraffin (only just discovered that as I was reading the list of the side of the tube!!!) Propylene glycol Polysorbate 60 Sorbitan stearate E171 Methyl hydroxybenzoate Propyl hydroxybenzoate Water Obviously if you are allergic to any of the above ingredients then you should avoid this product. Despite the embarrassment at the doctors and the giggles at using the cream I’m happy to say that this cream worked VERY quickly. I only had to use it for 2 days for the symptoms of piles to completely disappear. The itchiness went after the first use, while the swelling had gone by the end of the second day. I hope that you never have to use this cream, but if you do – remember if you’ve got piles inside then you’ve got to stick it up your bum!!!

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                27.04.2001 02:20
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                Piles ,haemorroids,call them what you will are an embarrassing painful and irritating problem.They itch and they throb and you are conscious of them being there all the time,if you ever have them you will find it difficult to sit down, lie down and sex is out of the question. If perhaps your wondering about the title of this op It's because the previously mentioned piles resemble a bunch of grapes hanging from the back passage. The wrath is because they are sore and angry! They arrive quite commonly after childbirth but even more commonly after a bout of constipation.One other thing you may like to note is that once you have had them once you will be more likely to get them again. A very good reason to keep yourself regular don't you think? Anyway about the treatment.Anusol is vanishing cream.It gets to work straight away soothing the itching and gradually shrinks them down until they have completely disappeared. You put it on morning and evening and every time you've been to the loo.( on the tube it says after each evacuation which always makes me smile)It won't stain your undies or bedclothes and it has quite a nice smell(a bit like fresh cream so keep out of the reach of children) I first used this about fifteen years ago after the birth of my first child and it really does work. You can buy it over the counter but you will more than likely have to ask for it so if you're the type to embarrass easily make sure you go in when the chemist is quiet or you're liable to encounter a few sniggers. (I know not very grown up but it happened to me)Obviously it won't work for everyone so if it doesn't do the job for you please see your doctor.

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                Anusol is the No.1 selling anti-haemorrhoidal preparation in the UK / For the soothing relief from the pain, itch and irritation of piles.