Top 6 Causes of Piles (Hemorrhoids) You Must Know

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.

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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!

2Wiping Too Much Or Too Long

Not just constipation, diarrhea too can lead to hemorrhoids. You might wonder how loose stools can result in hemorrhoids. Wiping the anus too hard and/or for too long are very common causes of hemorrhoids. Diarrhea makes your rectal area sore and prompts you to make frequent trips to the loo and wipe your anus frequently that can result in hemorrhoids.

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While diarrhea gets treated and your bowel movements get back to normal, go easy on the wiping. You can use extra soft baby wipes to avoid “bloody” wipes which are often the not-so-subtle indicator that you have hemorrhoids.