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Can swollen hemorrhoids cause constipation?

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Hemorroids don't usually cause constipation but constipation is a common cause of hemorrhoids.
Constipation causes us to stay on the toilet longer and push harder which can cause hemorrhoids to swell and become symptomatic. The best treatment is change your diet to include lots of fresh fruit and whole grains (fiber) and possibly a stool softener. Visit your doctor for more suggestions.

In brief: Other way round

Hemorroids don't usually cause constipation but constipation is a common cause of hemorrhoids.
Constipation causes us to stay on the toilet longer and push harder which can cause hemorrhoids to swell and become symptomatic. The best treatment is change your diet to include lots of fresh fruit and whole grains (fiber) and possibly a stool softener. Visit your doctor for more suggestions.
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