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Medical History for Hemorrhoids

Your doctor will ask questions about diet or bowel habits that may contribute to hemorrhoids. Things that may cause hemorrhoids or make them worse include:

  • Eating a low-fiber diet.
  • Not getting enough fluids.
  • Drinking too much alcohol or caffeinated drinks (like coffee or soda).
  • Prolonged sitting, straining, or holding your breath during bowel movements.
  • Sitting or standing for long periods of time.
  • Frequent heavy lifting or holding your breath when lifting heavy objects.

Medical conditions that make you prone to hemorrhoids include:

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kenneth Bark, MD - Surgery, Colon and Rectal
Current as of March 16, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 16, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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