Using Your Phone While on the Toilet Can Lead to Hemorrhoids

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Using Your Phone While on the Toilet Can Lead to Hemorrhoids


Having your phone on your hand all the time is pretty common these days -- so common that there are people who even take them to the toilet whenever they need to relieve themselves. It helps to pass the time, but doctors warn that this habit may cause serious health problems.

According to The Mirror, an online British news site, doctors say using the phone while on the loo may give people hemorrhoids—or piles, which are lumps that may form around the buttocks.

The issue may arise from sitting on the toilet longer than people have to, which could be encouraged by the use of smartphones. It's a piece of concerning news, said The Mirror, as 57 percent of people in Britain have admitted that they use their phones while on the toilet, as per a recent YouGov survey.

The survey also showed that eight percent of respondents "always" do it.


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"Constipation and straining to poo is a major risk factor for piles – being pregnant, chronic cough and getting older also factor," Sarah Jarvis, GP and Clinical Director, told The Sun.

"But so too 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."

Symptoms of piles include bright red blood after doing your business, itchy anus, lumps and pain around the anus, and feeling like you have to poo even after going to the toilet.


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Jarvis noted that doctors don't recommend using smartphones and scrolling through apps "while you’re waiting to perform"—no matter how tempting the habit may be.

She also advised including lots of fiber in your diet, ensure that you are properly hydrated, and exercise regularly in order to avoid getting piles.

It's also best to leave your phone on the bed the next time nature calls.