Why taking your phone to the loo could give you hemorrhoids

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It has become a mindless habit one hardly thinks twice about, similar to scrolling on social media. Taking your phone to the loo as a pass time is something a lot of us do.

However, that extra minute you spend on the seat can result in a painful end Dr Sarah Jarvis has warned.

Speaking to The Sun Dr Jarvis explained that the more time people spend on the toilet seat the likely they are to get hemorrhoids.

Piles or hemorrhoids are collections of inflamed tissue in the anal canal a result of inflamed blood vessels, support tissue, muscle, and elastic fibers.

Their presence commonly characterized by constipation. Dr Jarvis weighs in that amongst other factors it could be your mobile causing you such, “Constipation and straining to poo is a major risk factor for piles – being pregnant, chronic cough and getting older are also factors.

“So does prolonged sitting on the loo. And while in the past, some of us took a good book into the toilet with us, these days it’s more likely to be the ever-present mobile phone. So tempting while it may be to scroll through your apps while you’re waiting to perform, doctors don’t recommend it,” he said.

This is particularly alarming because a great number of people do it on the daily. 57% of individuals living in Britain admitted to using their phone in the toilet in a recent YouGov survey while eight percent said they "always" do it The Mirror reported.

It is not so much about the actual deed that you perform on the seat, but the prolonged time you spend on the loo increases pressure on the veins of the anus in the lower rectum.

While the ancient old remedies for piles prevention was increasing your fiber intake and staying hydrated, here’s a 21st century addition to the rule, leave your phone in the other room.

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