April 8, 2019
What to do when a pain in the butt is a pain in the butt
You’ve been spasming, having difficulty passing a poop, or have even seen streaks of blood after a stool. Don’t panic. Anal pain, or proctalgia, is not often a sign of any major problem, but might sometimes need medical attention.Read More
January 5, 2018
There’s blood in my stool: what do I do?
When your poop waves red flags, it’s important to act fast. Normal stools can have various colours, ranging from shades of brown and even green. If you take a peek while doing your business and your stool is black or streaked with red, these could be warning signs of blood in your stool. Blood in your stool is usually caused by bleeding in the upper or lower part of your gut. Causes for black stools Black, tarry stools could mean you’ve taken too many iron supplements or eaten too much black liquorice. On the more serious side, you may be…Read More
August 21, 2017
Get relief for that itchy bottom
We get it. This isn’t a problem you’re dying to share with your friends. The good news: it’s common. But it may be important to get looked at before it becomes serious. Anal itching (the fancy term is pruritis ani) can often be so annoying that you may struggle to concentrate during normal activities. And you can’t exactly scratch that area in a public space! In fact, scratching could make the problem worse, as you could spread bacteria to the area through your fingers. It can also lead to tears in the skin that can cause infection. Itchy factors Indigestion,…Read More
January 3, 2016
What are piles?
Haemorrhoids, or piles, are rarely dangerous or life-threatening, but they can be a pain in the butt! They can bleed, itch and even protrude … and they are quite common. (more…)Read More
April 19, 2014
Myth busting: Is it bad to sit with your legs crossed?
You’ve likely heard it from someone, whether it’s your mom, gran, friend or colleague, that sitting with your legs crossed is bad for you. Some say it gives you high blood pressure, while others say it slows your circulation. Your mom or gran probably told you that it gives you varicose veins! (more…)Read More