Hemorrhoids can be an extremely painful condition, as you will already know if you suffer from them. But they can also cause other issues, including things like depression and anxiety, mainly because of the loss of quality of life. That being said, prevention is certainly better than having to search around for a cure, even though in a lot of cases you can end up treating hemorrhoids yourself, very easily and naturally at home. But in order to prevent hemorrhoids, you first need to understand what exactly causes them, so that you can decide the best way to deal with them.
Hemorrhoids (also known as piles), are caused due to acute inflammation of the veins in the rectum and anus, resulting in swelling of the veins in that area, and are generally caused by too much pressure in that particular area of your body. This means that ‘straining’ when you’re on the toilet is one of the biggest causes of hemorrhoids. While it is only normal to strain every now and then, if you do so over a prolonged period you’re going to be increasing the pressure on your rectum and anal walls, which can irritate and inflame them, so particularly for people who suffer from constipation, hemorrhoids are one of the biggest side effects. Looking on the bright side though, constipation is invariably caused by a bad diet, so is one of the easiest to cure. It is also worth mentioning that people who read whilst sitting on the toilet are adding undue pressure to the anal veins and are therefore more prone to hemorrhoids.
Another cause of hemorrhoids is sitting down for long hours on end. Unfortunately, this is something that is increasingly common in the modern world, where most of us slave away at 9 to 5 jobs which require us to remain seated for the better part of the time that we’re at work. Because it is such a common thing, most people don’t even pause to think twice about it – but the truth is that if you are in a sedentary job, you are more likely to get hemorrhoids than, for example, a builder or a waitress, who is moving around most of the day.
Another factor that has been found to play a role in developing hemorrhoids is hypertension. Without getting too technical, it should suffice to say that there are connections between the effects of hypertension and the veins on the rectum wall. These connections could possibly cause them to become inflamed.
Obesity is another contributing factor, as being overweight will generally increase the pressure in all your veins, and is further compounded by poor muscular tone and posture that can lead to even more problems.
Some women can get hemorrhoids for the first time while they’re pregnant – if you’ve had them before pregnancy, unfortunately you’re quite likely to have them again now. They may also develop during the second stage of labor, while you’re pushing. Either way, they often go away on their own, or soon after you give birth with the help of some simple home treatments,
There are of course other reasons, but the ones I’ve mentioned here are probably the most common. But take heart from the thought that you are not alone as it’s estimated that about 100 million Americans are suffering with you. In fact, statistics show that by the age of 50 more than half of the US population develops this painful ailment. However, there are plenty of easy home remedies you can use for treating hemorrhoids, a lot of which are extremely successful in not only helping to relieve them, but can stop them re-occurring. However, also bear in mind that if yours are very severe, then surgery may be the only answer.