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Also known as piles, hemorrhoids are swollen veins inside the rectum (internal) or under the skin around the anus (external). They are common, and most adults deal with hemorrhoids from time to time. Symptoms may include discomfort, itching, and bleeding. Several factors can lead to hemorrhoids. They form under different circumstances, but in some cases, the actual cause may be unknown. Keep reading to learn more about the causes of hemorrhoids along with possible complications.

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1. Cause: Straining During Bowel Movements

Straining during a bowel movement is one of the main causes of hemorrhoids. As you push, the veins around the anus can stretch under pressure causing them to bulge and swell. Holding your breath or straining when trying to pass stool puts more pressure in the veins of your lower rectum.

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