Hemorrhoids, also called piles, are a normal part of the human body. They are cushions rich in blood vessels, including veins, that are located in the anus to help with stool control. Hemorrhoidal disease occurs when the veins become inflamed. Hemorrhoidal disease is painful and can cause severe discomfort and bleeding. All of these symptoms can impact your quality of life. It is important to speak to your doctor or pharmacist right away if you are experiencing any of the signs of hemorrhoids.