What do piles look like? This is something that you may be wondering. After all it is very difficult to get a good look at our own! Not surprisingly, many people have never seen a haemorrhoid.
An online search will bring up many pictures that can answer the question; what do piles look like? However you may well find many pictures that look nothing like your own piles.In fact you probably will because one person’s piles can look very different to another person’s piles.
Let’s try to picture what piles look like. Imagine your anal opening as a closed fist, then picture a single small grape or a cluster of small grapes bursting out of the fist. This is a simple analogy for the question, what does a pile look like. You can see photographs of piles here.
The appearance of the pile will differ according to type. Internal, external, prolapsed, thrombosed, the size location and type of infection will cause the appearance to vary, however there is a similarity in that they look like bright red, purple or skin color bumps on the skin. If they become
infected, open, bleeding or oozing, they may have some bloody streaks.
Some internal piles, protrude while straining occurs, returning back inside afterwards. This makes them difficult to see. Some internal piles will stay prolapsed after the bowel movement has finished.
External piles, however, can be round in shape or they may look like a piece of loose skin.
External piles which are thrombosed (full of blood) or develop clots can be a dark red or purple color. They can initially look like a marble with red or purple blood inside. It is a clot of blood inside that gives this appearance. These tend to look like a purple grape or clusters of purple grapes. If these are not removed or healed, they dry up and look like raisins.
So as you can see, piles may look vary in their appearance according to their development. If you suffer from intense pain that keeps you from going to the bathroom or if you have a lot of bleeding, you really should get a doctor to examine you.
I have not posted photographs of piles on here as I feel they could be a little too graphic for some people to feel comfortable looking at. However if you wish, you can see photographs here.