Hemorrhoids are common. In fact, about 50 to 66 percent of people have hemorrhoids at some point in their lives.
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins found around the anus or the lower rectal area. They’re rarely serious but can be a source of discomfort. They can cause pain, itching, swelling, and form a lump near the anus which can be painful or sensitive to touch.
There are multiple possible causes of hemorrhoids, but some of the most common are:
- Straining during bowel movements
Straining during bowel movements can lead to hemorrhoids due to the increased pressure on the veins in the rectal area. The more you strain, the more pressure there is, causing the blood to pool in the veins, leading to swelling. Hemorrhoids develop when these swollen veins stretch the surrounding tissue.
- Prolonged sitting or standing
A sedentary lifestyle or having a job that requires prolonged sitting or standing can place one at a greater risk of developing hemorrhoids. Sitting or standing for hours can cause the blood to pool into the anal area, increasing pressure on the veins.
Pregnant women are at risk for developing hemorrhoids, especially during their third trimester. This is related to the growing uterus, which can increase the pressure on the pelvic veins; the hormone progesterone which relaxes the veins and makes them easier to swell; and constipation.
- Often lifting heavy objects
Whether it’s weights or furniture, regular lifting of heavy objects can cause or worsen existing hemorrhoids. Heavy lifting can cause straining, putting pressure on the internal organs and on the veins near the rectum.
Obese individuals are more likely to develop hemorrhoids as excessive weight can put pressure on the veins of the rectal and anal areas, leading to swelling and inflammation.
No matter what the cause of your hemorrhoids is, Premier Hemorrhoid Center in Knoxville is here to help. If you’ve put off treatment of hemorrhoids because of concerns about painful surgery or long recovery periods, you can take comfort in our expertise. Premier’s dedicated hemorrhoid specialist treats hemorrhoids through pain-free, minimally invasive procedures that can be done in in less than 30 minutes.
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