Hemorrhoid Myths

Researchers don't all agree on how you get hemorrhoid problems or hemorrhoid discomfort. However, most doctors agree that, in general, you get hemorrhoids from increased anal pressure. This anal pressure that can cause you to get hemorrhoids is commonly believed to be caused by one of the following factors: obesity, pregnancy, straining on the toilet, sitting for long periods of time, or lifting heavy objects.

Myth #1: Sitting on the pavement can cause hemorrhoids.

The pavement, whether cold or warm, doesn’t cause hemorrhoids at all. As a matter of fact, sitting on a sitz or a hot water steam bath is highly advisable for patients suffering from this disease. On the other hand, ice packs are also recommended for hemorrhoids as well. What’s true is that sitting or standing for a long period of time may cause hemorrhoids. This is because of the strain or pressure placed on the rectum. But the pavement doesn’t necessarily have to do anything with it.

Myth #2: Hemorrhoids are caused by eating spicy foods.

This is not true. What’s sure though, is that spicy foods may trigger stomach upsets. There is no real evidence linking spices to the functions of the veins in the rectum. However, some people may suffer from digestive problems after consuming too many hot dishes. As a result, their stool becomes harder to eliminate. Straining to get the wastes out of the body can cause hemorrhoid; but not exactly by eating spicy food.

Myth #3: Weight lifting causes hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids have been making rounds within the bodybuilding groups as a common disease. However, this is not true either. Lifting weights, on its own, does not directly cause hemorrhoids. But when the bodybuilder incorrectly puts pressure on his pelvic area, straining could happen. It is then very important that he first consult with a professional trainer or a gym expert to know about the correct breathing techniques and to determine the right weights to use for his size. Doing so can help decrease the risks.

Myth #4: Sexual intercourse may cause hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoid is not a sexually transmitted disease nor is it a communicable disease. This condition forms when the rectal veins get swollen. One’s sexual relations have no direct affect on how hemorrhoids develop. But the act can get really uncomfortable once hemorrhoids form.

* From www.dealwithhemorrhoids.com