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What causes hemorrhoids?

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A buildup of pressure in your lower rectum can make the veins there swell. That may happen from extra weight, when you're obese or pregnant. It could also come from:

�Pushing during bowel movements

�Straining when you do something that's physically hard, like lifting something heavy

�Sitting or standing for a long time

�Constipation or diarrhea that doesn't clear up

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Hemorrhoids Overview"; "Hemorrhoids Treatment"; "Hemorrhoids Causes & Risk Factors"; and "Hemorrhoidectomy for Thrombosed External Hemorrhoids."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Hemorrhoids."

Sneider, E. , February 2010. Surgical Clinics of North America

Harvard Health Publications: " Hemorrhoids and what to do about them."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on June 6, 2020

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Hemorrhoids Overview"; "Hemorrhoids Treatment"; "Hemorrhoids Causes & Risk Factors"; and "Hemorrhoidectomy for Thrombosed External Hemorrhoids."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Hemorrhoids."

Sneider, E. , February 2010. Surgical Clinics of North America

Harvard Health Publications: " Hemorrhoids and what to do about them."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on June 6, 2020

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