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what is the cause of piles?

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Dr. Jason Boardman
General Surgery 25 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are congested veins in the rectal and anal area. When they act up the can cause a variety of symptoms from burning, itching to severe pain. After one has developed a clot and the clot has resolved there can be a remnant of skin left in the area. The best treatment is to avoid straining and constipation. There are multiple surgical treatments available should you choose one.
Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
General Surgery 29 years experience
Hemmorhoids: Many people present with "piles" and this can actually be the issue or one of many other problems there are dietary, behavioral, hygiene modifications as well as procedures that can help with these common problems. Both constipation and diarrhea can lead to this condition as well. It could also be a fissure, it is best if you consult with a general or colorectal surgeon to help with this matter.

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A 39-year-old male asked:

What is the cause of piles and what are the precautions.

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Piles are the colloquial term for hemorrhoids. Avoid straining while moving your bowels, and keep yourself regular with plenty of fiber and plenty of water.
A 42-year-old male asked:

What causes piles and how to cure it?

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Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 22 years experience
Many causes: Hemorrhoids can be caused by straining, sitting on the toilet for a long time, lifting heavy things, or chronic constipation or diarrhea. In some people, they appear to be hereditary. This makes sense, since varicose veins, which are similar to hemorrhoids, are the same.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Could a sitting job of 8 hours cause piles?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
No: Sitting does not cause hemorrhoids. These are normal veins that may become enlarged or irritated with constipation or sitting and straining at the toilet too long. Eat high fiber foods, fruits & vegetables, drink plenty of liquids.
A 24-year-old female asked:

What are the causes of piles and how it can be treated?

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Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Piles: Haemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels of the rectum. It's likely that extreme abdominal pressure causes the veins to swell and become susceptible to irritation. The pressure can be caused by obesity, pregnancy, standing or sitting for long periods, straining on the toilet, coughing, sneezing, vomiting, and holding your breath while straining to do physical labor.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Provided original answer
Treatments include extra fiber, extra fluids to prevents dehydration, stool softeners, and sometimes surgical options.
Aug 24, 2013
A 36-year-old member asked:

Help please! could chocolate cause piles?

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Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
No, do not cause: Piles, or hemorrhoids, are enlarged veins under the lining of the rectum that are most commonly caused by excessive straining during defecation. This is often associated with hard stools and constipation. Chocolate is not a cause of this, but more a reflection of an unbalanced diet. Some have claimed that certain foods, including chocolate, can make existing hemorrhoids more symptomatic however.

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