How to Prevent Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids can occur due to swelling in the veins of your anus and lower rectum, which are very much similar to varicose veins. There are two areas in which hemorrhoids can appear, which are inside the actual rectum, otherwise known as internal hemorrhoids, or below the skin around the anus, otherwise known as external hemorrhoids. 

Studies have shown that hemorrhoids are very common within both men and women and at least half of adults will experience hemorrhoids by the age of 50. However, most of the time, the cause of hemorrhoids continues to be unknown. 

On the positive side, there are a number of effective ways to prevent and treat hemorrhoids, including lifestyle changes, home treatments, and more.

What Are the Causes of Hemorrhoids?

There are a number of different causes of hemorrhoids; however, they tend to appear when the veins of your anus are over-stretched due to severe pressure, resulting in swelling or bulging of the veins. If there is increased pressure in the lower rectum, hemorrhoids can be a result of it. Here are some of the common causes of hemorrhoids: 

  • Strained bowel movements
  • Sitting on the toilet for a long period of time
  • Persistent diarrhea or constipation
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Anal intercourse
  • Consuming a diet low in fiber
  • Consistent heavy lifting

How to Prevent Hemorrhoids 

One of the best ways to prevent hemorrhoids is by ensuring that your stools are soft so they are able to pass easily. Be sure to follow these tips to help in the prevention of hemorrhoids:

  • Consuming a diet rich in fiber
  • Drinking an adequate amount of water and fluids (not alcoholic beverages)
  • Consuming fiber supplements if you do not get enough of the recommended fiber through foods 
  • Avoid straining or holding your breath while passing stools 
  • Pass a bowel movement as soon as you feel the urge
  • Staying active can prevent constipation and minimize pressure of veins 
  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time

Contact a Gastroenterologist in Thousand Oaks

If you are seeking hemorrhoid treatment in Thousand Oaks, we are here to help. With years of specializing in diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of hemorrhoids, we can provide you with the results that you need and deserve.

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