Mistakes that Cause Hemorrhoid Flares

If you frequently have hemorrhoids, it is important to take care of yourself and make some lifestyle changes so that you are not negatively impacted by the inconvenience and pain of a hemorrhoid flare. There are some mistakes that are quite common and can cause major hemorrhoid flare ups. Here are some of those mistakes and how to avoid them.

Living a Sedentary Lifestyle

The more sedentary you are, the more likely your hemorrhoids will get much worse. When you spend most of your time sitting, you are putting pressure on the veins in the anus. This pressure leads to hemorrhoids, which are, in fact, a byproduct of a stressed vein. Take plenty of breaks to get up and walk around whenever possible.

Heavy Lifting

Whether you lift heavy objects for your job or you like to lift weights for exercise, heavy lifting is a big no-no when it comes to hemorrhoids. When you lift heavy objects or weights, it puts pressure on the veins in the anus. This can cause hemorrhoids to flare and cause significant pain and bleeding. It is better to take it easy until the hemorrhoids have resolved.

Overusing Laxatives

It is important to take laxatives as prescribed, especially if you are having problems with hemorrhoids. Hard and painful bowel movements will only make the hemorrhoids worse. However, it is important not to take the laxatives too frequently or for too long. This too can worsen hemorrhoids, and it is bad for your overall health. If you have chronic constipation, talk to your doctor about home remedies and diet changes rather than relying solely on laxatives.

If you have any other questions about how to manage your hemorrhoids, contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.

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