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can coughing excessively cause hemorrhoids?

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Dr. David Gutman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Internal hemorrhoids are derived from normal anatomical structures called anal cushions. They are located just inside the anal canal, and help to prevent the leakage of stool whenever abdominal pressure is increased. If the cushions become stretched out or irritated, they are called hemorrhoids. Excessive coughing increases abdominal pressure, leading to hemorrhoid formation.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can I avoid hemorrhoids while pregnant?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Keep stool soft: You can't always avoid hemorrhoids. But you can decrease the chance of developing them and limit their size by keeping your stool soft with lots of fluid and fiber. Also, don't strain with bowel movements.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How can I manage hemorrhoids during pregnancy?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Fluids and fiber: First, keep your stool soft with lots of fluids and fiber. If needed a stool softener can be used (something like docusate). If needed, preparation h and tucks (witch hazel) pads can be used to shrink hemorrhoids and relieve the swelling.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take cough remedies containing phenylephrine while pregnant?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: You need to take only the recommended dose. Do not take any over-the-counter remedies that contain Aspirin or Ibuprofen or medications like them while pregnant.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Why am I more likely to get hemorrhoids while pregnant?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Vascular congestion: As the pregnancy grows there is increased resistance to flow for blood vessels in the lower extremities and pelvis. This can lead to vascular congestion not only in veins of the legs, but also in the venous plexus of the anus. Congestion in this venous plexus is manifested clinically as hemorrhoids.
A member asked:

My baby has a bad cough, should I be worried?

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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics 33 years experience
respiratory : If the bay looks ok (eats and sleeps well and does not have a high fever) you can wait and see but if the baby is having any kind of dificulty or she/he is very young you should call your pediatrician, keep it hydrated.

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