Hemorrhoids or piles occur when hemorrhoidal tissues in the anal canal get enlarged. Constipation and straining to pass the stool are major risk factors and so is frequent wiping during diarrhea. Obesity, anal sex and lifting heavy objects can also increase the risk for hemorrhoids. It is common during pregnancy and childbirth and also among long-term spinal cord injury patients.
The word “hemorrhoids” brings to mind unpleasant images of a painful poop chute and bleeding stools. Truth be told, all of us have hemorrhoids; it’s a part of our anatomy. Hemorrhoids are, in fact, tissues within the anal canal and perianal area. These tissues consist of blood vessels, connective tissues, and a small amount of muscle. Together with the anal sphincter, a circular muscle, hemorrhoids control bowel movements. When people say they are having hemorrhoids, they are referring to a condition where the hemorrhoids become enlarged. Enlarged hemorrhoids are also called piles. Hemorrhoids are more common than you think. It is believed that at least half the population go through hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. There is no one cause. And the susceptibility increases with age.
Here are the top 6 causes of hemorrhoids or piles you must know!
1Too Much Straining From Constipation Or Hard Stool
Spending too much time in the toilet is said to be one of the reasons for hemorrhoids. This is mainly from constipation or hard stools that require much straining to be passed. A good number of people experience hemorrhoids in relation to constipation or straining. Straining can also result in the prolapse of the hemorrhoid tissues which can be felt near the anus. High anal pressure from straining can result in anal fissures, too.
This can be avoided to a great extent by having fibrous food to make the stool soft and easy to pass.