What Causes Hemorrhoids

At least half the US population will experience hemorrhoidal discomfort at some point during their life. This fact highlights the need to be more open about the condition and not to be embarrassed when it comes to discussing it with your Family Physician. So what are the common causes of hemorrhoids?

The causes of hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids occur when the blood vessels in the lower rectal cavity become inflamed and sore. This is due to excess pressure upon the anus, and is common in pregnant women, those suffering constipation, and anybody classed as overweight or obese. In the case of constipation, the hemorrhoids can result from over-straining during visits to the bathroom.

If you are constipated and strain while trying to pass stools, it can put pressure on these blood vessels and make them inflamed and swollen.

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Hemorroid causes:

  • Straining during visits to the bathroom
  • Prolonged bouts of constipation
  • Pregnancy – increases pressure on pelvic blood vessels, leading to inflammation
  • Streptococcal, fungal, or other infections of the anus
  • Bad diet – lack of fibre causing constipation
  • Regular heavy lifting
  • Inherited or congenital factors
  • Prolonged bouts of diarrhea
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Old age – natural weakening of the rectum due to aging
  • Obesity

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