Can driving cause hemorrhoids?

I’m a truck driver and I drive long distances regularly. Will I get hemorrhoids from sitting for too long?

Tiffany Leung · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Thank you for your question! Driving long distances can cause hemorrhoids from sitting too long. However, you can lower your chances of getting hemorrhoids with proper preventative measures.
Hemorrhoids are caused by swollen veins in your anus. Two types of hemorrhoids could result from spending long hours sitting while you drive across the country:
  • External hemorrhoids: You will experience itchiness, irritation, or anal pain when you are sitting. It develops under the skin around the anus.
  • Internal hemorrhoids: You will experience blood in your stool but this should be examined in case of more severe conditions. It develops in the lower rectum lining but does not cause pain.
To lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids, you can do the following:
  • Take regular breaks where possible
  • Eat high-fiber foods and/or fiber supplements
  • Stay hydrated
  • Don’t wait to pass a bowel movement
  • Regular exercise to prevent constipation
Making sure you have healthy habits to prevent hemorrhoids is just as important as getting proper
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