We have all heard of the funny one-liners that usually use this sickness as a punch
line. The laugh track gets turned on and the people on screen act all uncomfortable
and speechless, and then move on into another scene and feature another joke. The
hemorrhoids joke is forgotten and not a word of the sickness (or what it is) is spoken
of again, until such time it fits into a joke again.
This is usually the case but do people really understand what a hemorrhoid is? Or
more importantly, what causes one to develop a hemorrhoid?
Well, before anything else, a hemorrhoid is inflammation, or swelling of the veins
in the anus and the rectum. In fact, the term "hemorrhoids" is technically a term
that refers to tissues at (located where the anus and the rectum meet) that are filled
with blood vessels.
Basically, the main cause of hemorrhoids is the increased pressure in these veins.
Now the important thing to note is what causes these increased pressures.
The main reasons behind developing hemorrhoids are actually connected; these are
straining of the rectal veins due to diarrhea or constipation and by a bad diet.
The current type of diet that people have nowadays, a diet that is high on processed
ingredients, while lacking sufficient fiber leads to irregular bowel movements that
put a strain on the on the body.
In fact, in Africa, where the diet of the people include a lot of fiber (and roughage)
have low cases of hemorrhoids. But, as a country becomes more developed and the diets
of the people become more inclined towards the fast food nation, the cases of hemorrhoids
It is clear therefore that bad food is a main culprit for having these uncomfortable
There are of course other causes that increase or aggravate hemorrhoids. Some of
these culprits are due to bad habits or lifestyles but some are also natural.
The following are some other causes for this irritating sickness:
• One factor can be the lifestyle one has. Obesity can increase the chances of getting
hemorrhoids due to the fact that being overweight can increase the pressure in the
veins in the rectum.
• Also, posture can play a significant part in causing one to appear.
• The trend of reading in the toilet also places added strain on the veins and thus,
might cause this as well.
• Smoking, the use of laxatives, and other habits that can cause constipation of
diarrhea can also cause hemorrhoids.
• The modern toilet design also promotes the occurrence of these nasty visitors.
There are some causes that are natural and are not based on bad habits or bad lifestyle
For women, pregnancy is usually accompanied by fits of hemorrhoids due to the fact
that the fetus inside the woman puts added pressure on the veins, leading to this
Other natural causes include:
• Body make up (like say, for example, a person has irritable bowel syndrome that
causes a lot of diarrhea).
There are a lot of causes of hemorrhoids. The good thing is that hemorrhoids usually
heal themselves, unless it is some does something to flare it up. Leave it alone
and it should leave you soon enough.