While they may not be particularly life threatening, hemorrhoids represent a highly delicate topic in medical discourse. That’s because they affect parts of the body — specifically, the anus and rectum — that few of us want to discuss openly. And yet, millions of Americans suffer from hemorrhoids, also known as piles, which are swollen veins found in the rectum or the skin located just around the anus.
It’s believed that most American adults will be forced to deal with hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. Often, hemorrhoids are just a nuisance, but in some cases they can form a painful clot that may require minor surgery. So, what causes this problem, which can result in pain, itching, bleeding and general discomfort around our most sensitive area? Let’s take a look.
Constipation is one irritating health problem that’s actually more prevalent than hemorrhoids, which affect a majority of American adults on a regular basis. That said, constipation — or difficulty having a bowel movement — can lead directly to problems with hemorrhoids.
That’s because straining to have a bowel movement can result in excess pressure on the rectum and anus, resulting in swelling of the veins in these sensitive regions of the body. In other words, if you’re consistently dealing with constipation (and often find yourself trying to force a bowel movement), there’s a good chance you will develop hemorrhoids. That’s why it’s a good idea to follow a high-fiber diet that can help prevent constipation and limit your chances of developing hemorrhoids.