What Causes Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids, Image from Wikimedia CommonsHemorrhoids are swollen veins formed in the anus and rectum. They look like hard tender lumps filled with blood vessels. They are sometimes likened to varicose veins which occur with age. Hemorrhoid is among the most common diseases but it is no that popular because people are embarrassed to talk about it. Some people don’t know that they have hemorrhoids until they experience the bothersome symptoms which include pain, itching, and bleeding. People who just diagnosed of having hemorrhoids wonder how they got the disease so they begin to ask, “What causes hemorrhoids?” Below are the causes of hemorrhoid development.

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Hemorrhoid Causes

Hemorrhoids result from increased pressure in the veins of the rectum and anus. The pressure forces the veins to stretch and expand to the limit until they wouldn’t return back to their normal shape and form. The stretched veins are filled with blood to make them look like bulging tender lumps. The culprit therefore to hemorrhoid formation is the intense pressure which we get from the following activities:

1. Constipation

Powerful contraction in the rectum is needed to move hard stool. The contraction creates pressure that will cause the veins to stretch and expand. Persistent constipation contributes to the formation of hemorrhoids. Drinking plenty of water every day and regularly eating fruits and high-fiber foods will help prevent constipation.

2. Pregnancy and child birth

-Hemorrhoid is a common condition among women during pregnancy and after child birth. Labor during child birth requires powerful contraction which will not only put pressure to the vagina but also to the nearby rectum.

3. Sitting for long period of time

Sitting for long period of time especially in hard surfaces puts strain to the rectum wall and to the blood vessels. If your work requires sitting, take short breaks to stand when possible.

4. Lifting and pulling heavy objects

-These activities also put strain to the rectum and the blood vessels. Minimize doing these activities to prevent hemorrhoid development. It is recommended to use simple machines (e.g. cart, ramp, pulley, etc.) to lift and pull heavy objects. Don’t exceed beyond your capacity in pulling and lifting things.

5. Infections in the rectum or anus[ad#afterpost]