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Hemorrhoids Causes & Risks

Causes

The exact cause of hemorrhoids is unknown. The major contributing factor appears to be too much pressure on the veins in the rectum. If the pressure continues, the veins become enlarged and protrude.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors include:

  • Straining when trying to pass a stool
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Sitting on the toilet for long periods of time
  • Pressure on the veins from pregnancy and childbirth
  • Advancing age
  • Obesity
  • Family members with hemorrhoids
  • Chronic cough
  • Liver disease
  • Chronic use of enemas or laxatives

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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