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what causes hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Chronic Constipation: Pressure from passing hard stools puts pressure on the veins in the rectum. The veins dilate and become varicose (like on legs) with risk of forming clots. If a clot forms, it can produce inflammation and severe pain. Best treatment is avoidance. Best method to avoid is to have high fiber in diet, water and regular bowel habit.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Piles: Aging, obesity, pregnancy, chronic constipation or diarrhea, excessive use of enemas or laxatives, straining during bowel movements, and spending too much time on the toilet are considered contributing factors. Heredity may also play a part in some cases. There is no reason to believe that hemorrhoids are caused by jobs requiring, for instance, heavy lifting or long hours of sitting, although >>.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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activities of that kind may make existing hemorrhoids worse.
Sep 19, 2013

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What causes hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Pressure.: Too much pressure on the veins in the pelvic and rectal area causes hemorrhoids. Normally, tissue inside the anus fills with blood to help control bowel movements. If you strain to move stool, the increased pressure causes the veins in this tissue to swell and stretch. This can cause hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids often develop in people with constipation, those who are overweight, or during pregnancy.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Several: Genetics, hard stool, straining, heavy lifting, pregnancy, childbirth.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of hemorrhoids or piles?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Constipation: Most common from straining due to constipation. Also occurs with pregnancy.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How does smoking or drinking "cause" hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 24 years experience
Smoking hemmoroids: Don't think they do. Hemmiroids are from straining do to constipation there is a genetic component as well.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What makes some medications cause hemorrhoids?

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Dr. William Harb
Colon and Rectal Surgery 22 years experience
That's not common: It's unusual for medications to cause hemorrhoids. What is more common is for medications to cause constipation which can cause hemorrhoids. The best way to avoid this is to have enough fiber in your diet. Remember that any bleeding is abnormal and should be investigated by a doctor.

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