Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are quite common in today’s society. The condition is common in adults and may be hereditary. However, the good news is that identifying the condition early and applying routine changes or simple remedies can cure the condition and prevent its recurrence.
Piles can originate from a wide range of causes hence a lot of people are very vulnerable at some point in their life. Below are some of the common causes of hemorrhoids – check out if you recognize what might be causing yours.
Constipation causes a lot of discomfort during bowel movement since the constipated person has to put lots of pressure on the lower part of the intestine so as to push the waste out of the body. The reason being the stools have become very hard, and so it becomes difficult to remove them from the rectum. That straining during the bowel movement causes the veins in the anus to swell thereby increasing the chances of developing piles.
However, hemorrhoids occur if the person experience constipation for quite some time hence feeling constipated just once or twice does not immediately cause piles. On the other hand, if a person who had experienced constipation for quite some time experiences some pain in the inside region of the anus every time he or she goes to the toilet for fecal matter evacuation, then the person is most probably suffering from hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are more likely to develop as people age because the tissues that support the veins around the anus and anus itself tend to start weakening and stretching, allowing prolapse. Normally, people over the age of 45 tend to be more vulnerable to the condition. Another reason is as people age, the tissues that support the piles to the primary muscle of the anal canal weaken causing the hemorrhoidal tissue to loosen and slide into the anal canal.
Pregnant women are at increased risk of developing piles because the growing fetus causes abdominal pressure including pressure on the anal veins. This is particularly in the third trimester. Some women suffer from this condition for the first time while they are pregnant while some will experience it during the second stage of labor while pushing. Additionally, pregnant women can become more constipated than usual thereby causing their need to strain while releasing themselves. This thereby increases their chances of getting piles, but the condition can resolve soon after giving birth.
4.Spending a lot of your time sitting
Sitting on the toilet for long can also cause hemorrhoids. This is because the sitting position is very stressful to the veins in the anal canal. Even the unnecessary sitting in the toilet when there is no sign of bowel movement can be very strenuous to the veins of the lower rectal area. Therefore, this habit of sitting on the toilet bowl for quite some time should stop as it paves ways for the development of piles. Also, sitting in one place especially in the office for a long time can lead to hemorrhoids. That is why most people in jobs that require long sitting hours often experience this condition.
Too much fat that makes one obese is also a common cause of hemorrhoids. Usually, being obese puts your abdomen under strain. This abdominal strain puts extra pressure on both the rectal and pelvic area. This can also increase the strain on the veins running through the pelvis and the rectum, eventually causing piles. In fact, if obesity is not brought under control the veins may continue swelling and even stretch beyond a certain level making it impossible for them to go back to their original size.
This is yet another cause of hemorrhoids that is very common among adults. Every time you go to the toilet to pass the bowel, the veins in the anal cavity usually experience some amount of strain that sometimes is difficult to notice. Therefore, any frequent visits to the toilet due to chronic diarrhea in a day are bound to increase the pressure in the rectal area thereby causing piles.
These are just a few of the common causes of hemorrhoids so anything else that causes some kind of strain on the anal cavity for a prolonged period of time may also cause the condition.