Are thread veins linked to haemorrhoids?


Haemorrhoids and thread veins are both caused by increased pressure in the veins, so if you already have one condition, you are at higher risk of the other.

It’s certainly worth being aware of the association between thread veins and haemorrhoids, as you can then look out for any symptoms and take early action in terms of treatment.

What are thread veins?

Thread veins are small, dilated veins that can appear on the legs, face, or other parts of the body. They are often caused by genetics, pregnancy, or standing or sitting for long periods of time.

What are haemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum. They can be internal or external. Internal haemorrhoids are located inside the rectum and cannot be seen or felt. External haemorrhoids are located outside the anus and can be seen and felt.

Why are haemorrhoids linked to thread veins?

The increased pressure that causes thread veins can also cause haemorrhoids.

Both conditions are caused by pressure in the veins. In addition to this, the veins in the anus and lower rectum are located close to the veins in the legs. Therefore when the pressure in the veins in the anus and lower rectum increases, it can also increase the pressure in the veins in the legs. This can lead to the development of thread veins.

If you have haemorrhoids, you are more likely to develop thread veins. And if you have thread veins, you are more likely to develop haemorrhoids.

How can I prevent thread veins and haemorrhoids?

There are a number of things you can do to prevent both haemorrhoids and thread veins and much of the same advice applies to both:

  • Exercising regularly helps to boost circulation and keep the vascular system moving well
  • Wearing supportive hosiery is good for thread veins, as it helps circulation and also eases discomfort
  • Avoiding sitting or standing for long periods of time is helpful for both, as it avoids pressure on the veins
  • Losing weight if you are overweight or obese is helpful for both
  • Avoiding wearing tight clothing – tight clothing can constrict your veins and make it difficult for blood to flow freely. This can lead to the development of haemorrhoids or thread veins. Choose loose, comfortable clothing.

If you do develop either haemorrhoids or thread veins, there are a number of treatment options available. Talk to your doctor to learn more about your treatment options.

Leg thread vein treatments

Injectable Treatment

For larger thread veins (e.g. purple/blue leg veins), microsclerotherapy injections is a quick and cost-effective option. This treatment is available in all of the London Vein Treatment centres.

Microcautery Treatment

The company also offer micro-cautery treatment, which uses a special probe to deliver a short burst of intense heat in a very precise way in order to destroy thread veins and spider veins. This is a fast and effective treatment

Haemorrhoid treatment

For treatment of haemorrhoids, we recommend, part of Cosmedics Skin Clinics.

The Haemorrhoid Clinic London offers advanced non surgical treatments for haemorrhoids / piles at a choice of 2 London clinics. There is a range of treatment choices, depending on the nature of the haemorrhoids:

London Vein Treatment Centre

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offers spider vein and thread vein removal treatment at a choice of 4 London Vein Treatment Centres using medically proven techniques.

All thread vein treatments are carried out by skilled and experienced doctors.

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