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What Causes Hemorrhoids? 8 Common Hemorrhoid Causes To Avoid

Jul 25, 2008
Are you one of the 4 out of 5 Americans who suffer from the painful affliction of hemorrhoids? If you don't know what hemorrhoids are or what causes them, hemorrhoids (which can also be referred to as piles) are veins located in the rectum that have become swollen. Sometimes they can be very painful.

There are two different kinds of hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoids are swollen rectum veins located inside the body, and they can't be felt or seen by you unless they've progressed to the severe stage. External hemorrhoids, on the other hand, also swell and can be felt and seen outside the body through the anus.

That all sounds pretty awful, so what causes something like this to happen? It seems that the lion?s share of the blame goes to constipation. That?s right. One of the biggest hemorrhoid causes is straining while having a bowel movement. All of this straining leads to the veins swelling.

Pregnancy is a big cause of hemorrhoids for women as well, because constipation occurs frequently during pregnancy. In addition, women experience increased pressure due to the baby's weight on their body, and this unfortunate combination can cause a hemorrhoid problem. In fact, many pregnant women feel that the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids surpasses the feeling of morning sickness.

Other causes of hemorrhoids include:

- Don't sit for too long without getting up/walking around for a few minutes after every hour or so of sitting

- Don't stand up for too long without sitting down for a few minutes after every hour or so of standing

- Reading while going to the bathroom, which causes you to sit longer than you should

- Don't only eat foods that are low in fiber and don't avoid drinking plenty of water, because both of these make stool softer and easier to excrete from the body

Also, overweight people have a greater chance of getting a hemorrhoid affliction. And anyone with a family history of hemorrhoids has an increased risk, too.
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