Can Overeating During the Holidays Aggravate Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids can be extremely painful and impact your quality of life, but can overeating during the holidays aggravate hemorrhoids?
What Are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins in the rectum. There are internal and external hemorrhoids, and they can be no more than a nuisance that clear up on their own or so severe and painful they require medical intervention.
What Causes Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are caused primarily by straining to have a bowel movement, and they are more common in people over 50 and pregnant women. One of the best ways to prevent or minimize the occurrence of hemorrhoids is to manage your diet carefully. However, it’s not necessarily overeating at a single holiday meal that is at issue; it’s more likely your daily eating habits that contribute to the occurrence of hemorrhoids.
Diet and Hemorrhoids
Because hemorrhoids are caused by straining to have a bowel movement, one of the most effective ways to reduce the effort required is to eat a high-fiber diet. Leafy green vegetables, whole grains, and fruit can all help ensure bowel health. High-fiber diets must be accompanied by plenty of water, so be sure to stay hydrated, too.
Are You Sitting on the Toilet Too Long?
There has been an increase in the number of people complaining about hemorrhoids, and one concern is that people are spending more time sitting – on the toilet with their phone and in general. Exercise is important for bowel health, and while it might be a nice place to escape, spending an excessive amount of time sitting on the toilet can increase your risk for getting hemorrhoids.
Can I Treat Hemorrhoids at Home?
For some people, hemorrhoids are a temporary nuisance that can be treated with over the counter creams and witch hazel (to soothe the pain) accompanied by a change in dietary habits. If over the counter treatments are not working for you, medical intervention may be necessary. Treatment options are available at Gotham Medical Associates, including:
- Infrared coagulation
- Band ligation
For more information or to book an appointment with Gotham Medical Associates, call 212-227-3688 or schedule an appointment online at any time.