Hemorrhoids

  • Alternative Names

    Rectal lump; Piles; Lump in the rectum


    Prevention

    Constipation and straining during bowel movements raise your risk for hemorrhoids. To prevent constipation and hemorrhoids, you should:

    • Drink plenty of fluids, at least eight glasses per day.
    • Eat a high-fiber diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
    • Consider fiber supplements.
    • Use stool softeners to prevent straining.

    References

    Sneider EB, Maykel JA. Diagnosis and management of symptomatic hemorrhoids. Surg Clin North Am. 2010 Feb;90(1):17-32, Table of Contents.

    Nelson H, Cima RR. Anus. In: Townsend CM, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 51.