Nobody likes the feeling of being constipated; you feel heavy, full and pretty much,
very uncomfortable until you are able to pass fecal matter. Neither does anybody
want to have hemorrhoids; with these irritating pustules, you also feel very uncomfortable,
and sometimes, there is even pain and bleeding that comes with it.
It is therefore no surprise that these two irritating experiences might go hand in
hand. Well, not exactly hand in hand, more like cause and effect. It even turns out
that these two also do not like each other, making their relationship, case, effect
Hemorrhoids are caused by undue stress or pressure on the veins in the anus or the
rectum. Because of these undue pressure and stress, these veins swell up, or become
inflamed becoming what is commonly known as hemorrhoids, or those small bumps that
either grows inside your anal canal or on the opening. The question then becomes,
what caused the increase pressure that caused these veins to swell and grow?
There are a lot of answers, which include body posture, extreme laziness, genetics
or a medical condition but more often than not, it is caused by too much bowel movements,
or not enough; that is, either diarrhea or constipation.
A person who is constipated places a lot of pressure inside his bowels. Because stool
is being built up in the bowels, these become harder, which in turn makes them harder
to pass and thus, cause more pressure on the body.
It is a viscous cycle. You get constipated, which makes your stool hard, which makes
it harder to pass and makes you even more constipated. This cycle creates the pressure
needed for veins to become inflamed, and thus, hemorrhoids are born. It can be clearly
seen how the relationship of constipation and hemorrhoids is one of cause and effect.
But cause and effect is not their only relationship. Constipation leads to hard stool,
and hard stool is quite painful to pass. In fact, the anal cavity can be significantly
bruised and become quite raw when hard stool is passed. If for example, a hemorrhoid
were to develop in the anal canal, which is where the hard stool passes, what can
you expect to happen? A hemorrhoid flare-up can be expected.
Hard stool that passes through the anal canal has the ability, with high probability,
to cut in to, or rip open hemorrhoids. Since these hemorrhoids are swelling veins,
bleeding will immediately follow.
Basically, hard stool has the capacity to make a hemorrhoid much worse. Causing a
hemorrhoid to flare up causes rectal bleeding, and also increases the probability
of skin irritations, itchiness and also increases the chance of pain. In short, hard
stool aggravates a hemorrhoid.
How To Avoid
Avoiding these two relationships is easy; one merely has to eat right and stay active.
The diet of most people today consists of too much fat, with not enough fiber. This
leads to constipation and hard stool. It also leads to hemorrhoids and a lot of discomfort.
To avoid this, one merely has to eat a balanced meal, and have regular bowel movements
by taking natural laxatives like prunes. One also has to stay hydrated. Water helps
in smoothening out the digestive process, which also smoothens out the passing of