Hemorrhoids, or swollen veins in or around the rectal area, are not uncommon. In fact, over 3 million American adults suffer from hemorrhoids each year. Despite this figure, there are still a lot of misconceptions about hemorrhoids.

Here are some of the most common myths:

Only older people can have hemorrhoids

Although hemorrhoids are very common between the ages of 45 and 65, younger individuals can have them too. One of the most common causes of hemorrhoids is pressure on the anus. It can be brought about by straining (as a result of constipation or diarrhea) or pressure from the abdomen, which can happen during pregnancy.

Spicy food can cause hemorrhoids

If someone tells you to stop eating spicy food as it can cause hemorrhoids, don’t believe them. Although they may irritate the bowels, spicy foods don’t cause hemorrhoids. The veins in the rectal area get swollen as a result of pressure on the blood vessel.

Exercise can worsen the hemorrhoids

Unless you’re lifting heavy weights improperly, regular exercise and movement can actually help in preventing hemorrhoids. Maintaining a healthy weight and active lifestyle is important to keeping unnecessary pressure away.

Surgery is the only way of getting rid of hemorrhoids

This may be true in the past but not anymore. With advancements in technology and medical knowledge, new hemorrhoid treatment options are available. These minimally-invasive procedures can be done in-office and require little to no downtime.


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