6 Health Conditions that Increase Your Risk for Hemorrhoids

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You may find it embarrassing to talk about, but if you have hemorrhoids, you’re in good company. About 75% of us will experience the irritation, itching, and discomfort of hemorrhoids sometime in our life, according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). Hemorrhoids are caused by swollen anal or rectal veins. Diseases and other conditions that cause long-term constipation or diarrhea, or changes in the veins of the rectum and anus, increase your risk of developing hemorrhoids. 

Although hemorrhoids are generally not serious, the itching, pain, and irritation often associated with hemorrhoids can get in the way of enjoying everyday life. Learn more about some common health conditions that can increase your risk of developing hemorrhoids and what you can do to reduce your chances of developing this unpleasant and uncomfortable condition.

Medical Reviewer: Robert Williams, MD Last Review Date: Apr 9, 2013