(HealthDay News) -- Hemorrhoids occur when blood vessels in the rectum become swollen and tender.
The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons says common risk factors for hemorrhoids include:
- Having chronic constipation or diarrhea, or pushing too hard during bowel movements.
- Being pregnant.
- Having family members who have had hemorrhoids.
- Sitting on the toilet for long periods.
- Overusing enemas or laxatives, which can trigger problems with bowel function.
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