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Thursday 15:00-15:30
Check Up is your chance to talk to doctors about the health issues that most concern you and your family. Each week Barbara Myers is joined by a medical expert to take your calls and emails on a particular topic and give you the most up to date advice. No appointment necessary.
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Thursday 3 March 2005
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Sore Bottoms

Do you have a painful, itchy or bleeding bottom?

If so, you could be suffering from a variety of different conditions, which Barbara Myers and her guest, Dr Ann Robinson, will be discussing in this episode of Check Up.

A bleeding anus is not usually a sign of anything sinister, but should always be examined by a doctor just in case.

Bleeding often indicates the presence of piles - a very uncomfortable condition characterised by a nagging, aching discomfort made worse by defecation.

Piles are caused when one of the soft pads inside the anal lining slips down, becomes engorged with blood and is pushed outside the anal canal by bowel movements.

People who experience a knife-like pain when opening their bowels may be suffering from an anal fissure, where the skin just inside the anus is torn.

Anal itching can be caused by a number of different reasons from sensitivity to detergents to fungal infections and threadworms.

In this programme Barbara Myers and her guest Dr Ann Robinson will be discussing sore bottom problems. They will outline what treatments are available for bottom pain and how sufferers can make themselves more comfortable.

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