Causes and Risk Factors of Hemorrhoids

August 13, 2018

Hemorrhoids commonly known as piles is a medical condition in which the veins in the anus and lower rectum get swollen. This medical condition is similar to varicose veins and can result from a number of causes. In most cases it can be due to strain during bowel movements or due to pressure on these veins during pregnancy. Hemorrhoids may develop under the skin around the anus (external hemorrhoids) or inside the rectum (internal hemorrhoids).


This medical condition is quite common and on an average three out of four adults have hemorrhoids at some point in their life. It doesn’t cause any trouble in some cases but in others it may cause discomfort, itching, bleeding or a clot may form in a hemorrhoid (thrombosed hemorrhoid). This medical condition is not dangerous but can be very painful and sometimes it may need to be lanced and drained. Fortunately, there are various treatment options for hemorrhoids but it is necessary to take the right treatment for recovery.

Risk factors

The main causes of hemorrhoids is generally unknown but the following conditions and life choices can increase the risk for developing hemorrhoids:

  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation
  • A diet low in fiber and high in fat
  • Alcoholism
  • Anal intercourse
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Obesity
  • Loss of pelvic floor muscle tone due to childbirth, age, pregnancy or surgery
  • Severe liver or heart disease
  • Jobs that require sitting or standing for long periods

In order to reduce the risk for hemorrhoids it is important to follow a diet that is rich in fiber. The recommended amount of dietary fiber per day is 20 to 30 grams per day. However, a typical diet includes only half of this amount. It is important for an individual to follow a diet that includes cereals and whole grain breads, dried and fresh fruits, fresh vegetables because they are rich in fiber.

When to see a doctor

This medical condition can be painful and may require medical attention if there is bleeding during bowel movements. One can consult a doctor who will perform a physical examination and other tests to confirm the cause of these symptoms. Do not waste time if you face any of these symptoms and consult our specialists at V HeLP Laser Clinic ( or call on 8949576683 and get your appointment now.

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