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Cell phones use in bathroom may cause hemorrhoids

A reader of this blog and friend of ProcuraMed recently asked us to write about the association between hemorrhoids and cell phones. He was shocked as he just came back from a proctologist, who said one cause of his hemorrhoids was his use of the cell phone while sitting on the toilet. The proctologist said he saw this connection frequently now, as more people were spending more time sitting there with their phone.

Hemorrhoids are a common problem, particularly as we age (though our reader was in his early 30s). It’s estimated that by age 50, at least half of people have experienced the discomfort, itching, and bleeding that can signal the presence of hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are simply dilated veins inside the rectum (called internal hemorrhoids), or they may appear under the skin just outside the anus (external hemorrhoids).

The cellphone connection is true, since one major reason people develop this problem is because they sit too long on the toilet, and during this time, your body is exerting increased pressure on the rectal veins that may dilate, resulting in hemorrhoids.

Other common causes of the problem include pregnancy, obesity, an unhealthy low-fiber diet, and constipation. The hemmorhoids of pregnancy typically go away after giving birth, and the other common causes can be avoided by healthy eating and exercise habits.

How to prevent hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids can often be treated by adopting these five practices, and you can talk to your pharmacist about ointments that usually diminish the symptoms. If the symptoms don’t go away, see your doctor or even a specialist in this subject, a proctologist.

Finally, remember that if you have rectal bleeding that does not stop when the hemorrhoids improve, or bleeding that seems suspicious, or is mixed in with your stools, see your doctor without delay. Sometimes rectal bleeding can be a sign of cancer in the colon or rectum.

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See also in ProcuraMed:

Coffee may diminish the risk of colon cancer

Sitting for long periods might increase your chance of colon cancer

Cell phones use in bathroom may cause hemorrhoids was last modified: January 21st, 2016 by

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