More than half of all adults over the age of 50 suffer from hemorrhoids. Whether or not you have had hemorrhoids in the past, you could be a candidate for them. Knowing what the causes are may help you prevent them, or recognize them while it’s early enough to take control of them and get rid of them without medical intervention.
Hemorrhoids can be internal or external. They can happen at any age and to anyone. The causes may not all be known, but understanding what causes yours can help you control your own condition.
• Sitting or standing in one position for long periods of time: Sitting and standing both cause pressure on the rectum. This can cause the tissue to become inflamed and swell. It can also cause the veins to be stressed, become irritated, and hemorrhoids to appear. If you have a job that requires you to sit or stand for long periods of time, you should make sure that you walk around during your breaks. Fidgeting is also a good idea, as it will give you a little motion and take pressure off of the area most affected.
• Pregnancy: When a woman is pregnant, she has additional pressure on her rectum. Some pregnant women also have a problem with constipation, which can cause straining during the bowel movement. Check with your obstetrician, as he or she may prescribe an all natural stool softener as well as other methods to help avoid hemorrhoids during pregnancy.
• Constipation: Being constipated causes hard stools that may be difficult to pass. Straining may cause the veins to become enlarged, and that may cause hemorrhoids. If you notice hemorrhoids after a bowel movement, they may go away on their own. If they become worse or don’t respond to warm baths or any other hemorrhoid treatment you may use, you may want to see your doctor. Adding fiber to your diet and drinking water should help end the constipation.
• Eating spicy food: When you eat food that irritates your digestive tract, it can cause hemorrhoids. For some, this means spicy dishes. For others, it means foods they simply aren’t used to. Carefully monitoring your intake of various foods should help to prevent this problem from occurring.
• Diarrhea: The extra force put forth by passing a watery stool can cause irritation that brings on a hemorrhoid.
• Genetics: Some people are genetically predisposed to having hemorrhoids. This doesn’t mean they will get them, just that they are more likely to than other people.
Avoiding the common causes of hemorrhoids may enable you to prevent them from occurring. If you do notice a problem beginning, taking the proper actions can stop them from becoming worse. Hemorrhoids can be controlled. Keep your bowel movements regular, eat a high fiber diet, and get enough exercise, and you will have a better chance at avoiding them all together.