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Don’t make this disease worse with bad toilet use

The world around us often develops faster than we humans do. This can be seen mainly at the technological level: it is enough to think about how much of an ordeal it is for our parents’ and grandparents’ age group to learn how to use smartphones. According to some research, for example, the human body can change significantly due to watching a lot of screens, but this takes time.


A few centuries ago, a technological change that fundamentally determined our everyday life took place, which we now take almost for granted. At that time, however, people didn’t do their small or big things nearly the way they do today: they squatted down somewhere, or in the worst case, they threw what they wanted out of their bodies through the window directly onto the street. Fortunately, comfortable and hygienic English toilets are common these days.

However, the invention is relatively new, and this short time was not enough for the human body to forget or transform what it has learned and mastered over tens of thousands of years. Although we can still get rid of what we need, our new bowel habits can even make us sick. Improper toilet use increases the risk of hemorrhoids.

It is more uncomfortable, but it is healthier for our body

Let’s clarify what we call hemorrhoids, or rather hemorrhoid disease! This phenomenon with unpleasant symptoms is none other than the dilatation of the veins in the varicose veins located near the anus. Two types of hemorrhoids can be distinguished: an enlarged vein located around the anus, outside the rectal sphincter, is referred to as an external hemorrhoid, and the knot located above it, i.e. inside, is called an internal hemorrhoid. The latter is not visible to the naked eye, but causes symptoms just the same. While external hemorrhoids are always accompanied by pain and inflammation, internal hemorrhoids are only noticed when they become too large, become inflamed or bleed, or turn out of the anus.

Although every third person experiences the torture of the disease at least once during their lifetime, this does not mean that we cannot do anything about it. Below we have collected four tips for using the toilet that can significantly reduce the risk of developing hemorrhoids.

1. Don’t force it!

Avoid straining when defecating! From an evolutionary point of view, the sitting position of English toilets cannot be said to be an ideal body position. Sitting with our feet resting on the ground and our knees bent at 90 degrees, we are less able to relax the sphincter muscles, so the stool can only leave our body with greater effort. This straining can cause hemorrhoids or aggravate existing ones. We can make our situation easier by, for example, putting a small stool under our feet, thus changing our sitting position and making the way to the exit easier.

2. Leave the throne!

Reading, typing on the phone, deep in thought – we do many of these activities while we are busy, some even step aside for half an hour, even though this is not healthy. Sitting in one place for a long time puts constant pressure on the lower abdomen and perineum, and circulation deteriorates due to the increased load and too much blood flowing there.

3. Be gentle!

If hemorrhoid complaints already exist, the most important thing is not to aggravate the situation. However, the use of the bathroom cannot be avoided, in which case it is necessary to act as gently as possible when defecating and cleaning afterwards. Use soft, multi-ply toilet paper, wet wipes, or a bidet if conditions permit.

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+1. Just be smart with the paper!

In addition to all of this, it is also worth paying attention to the direction of wiping: proceed from the front to the back, so that the pathogens are not carried from the area around the rectum to the urethra, as this risks the development of new diseases.

If we follow these advices, we have already done a lot to avoid this popular disease. However, this is not necessarily enough, there can be many reasons why someone has hemorrhoid symptoms. In case of any suspicion or complaint, it is worth visiting a specialist, who can help with the problems with the appropriate remedy.

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