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Piles - Causes

Following are the common causes of piles:

  • Medical causes
    • prolonged constipation
    • prolonged coughing, sneezing
    • prolonged diarrhoea
  • Lifestyle
    • sedentary lifestyle
    • low-fibre diet
  • Genetics
    • case of piles may be running in the family.

Risk factors

Some other factors that increase the risk of developing haemorrhoids include the following:

  • Age: with advanced age, the veins become lax
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Pregnancy: due to pregnancy, there is an increased strain over the pelvic blood vessels, causing them to enlarge
  • Anal sex: it can increase the risk of having piles

Contributing factors

  • spicy food
  • smoking
  • high blood pressure
  • strenuous exercise
  • prolonged sitting or travelling
  • less fluid intake

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