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A 21-year-old member asked:

I'm stressed out, can this cause my hemorrhoids to flare up?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Gutman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: Stress can definitely cause hemorrhoids to flare up.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Are hemorrhoids caused by stress?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Jacobson
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
mechanical strain: When you strain while defecating, it increases pressure in the veins of your anus which can then cause them to balloon out. Sitting on the toilet too long, having anal sex, being obese, having chronic constipation or diarrhea, and having a low fiber diet or even being pregnant can cause hemorrhoids. So, indirectly, the answer is yes if stress causes you to have the runs or constipation.
Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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