When it comes to unpleasant conditions, hemorrhoids just about ticks all the boxes. Painful? Tick. Uncomfortable? Tick. Embarrassing? Tick tick!
Hemorrhoids, also referred to as piles, are caused by prolapsed, swollen veins located in the lower area of the anus. The walls of these vessels become stretched and that leads to inflammation, irritation, bleeding and redness.
There are several different things that can trigger a case of hemorrhoids. These include: aging, diarrhoea, sitting for long periods of time, sitting on hard o uncomfortable surfaces, pregnancy, straining, lifting heavy objects, old age etc.
Anything that places pressure on the anus, either in an acute fashion or over a long period of time, can eventually lead to hemorrhoids. This is a reason that office workers should be especially careful and should look into the comfort of their seat and taking regular breaks to stand up.
One of the early signs of hemorrhoids is bleeding on the toilet. There are many causes for bleeding when you go to the toilet and some of these are cause for concern, while others are nothing to worry about. If the blood is bright red, then it likely will have come from around the outside of the anus or at the very end of the digestive tract, suggesting that you have nothing to worry about. If the blood is much darker, then that suggests it came from further inside, in which case you may wish to consult with your physician.
If it is indeed hemorrhoids, then there are a number of different options for treating the problem or at least lessening the symptoms at home.
1. Change Your Chair
One easy way to address the symptoms in the short term and to prevent the issue from recurring in the long term, is to consider changing your chair. If you sit on a hard or uncomfortable chair in your office, then this constant pressure can be enough to cause the formation of piles.
Speak with your manager, or if you work from home, look at replacing the chair yourself. This is a health and safety issue and it is something that should be taken very seriously in any office.