People of any age can develop hemorrhoids. It is not an uncommon problem for teenagers, especially if their lifestyle is putting them at risk. One cause of hemorrhoids is sitting for long periods of time. Teenagers who spend too many hours on the computer or playing video games are more likely to have problems with hemorrhoids than active teens. Teenagers should exercise for at least 20-30 minutes a day and take a break to walk around if they have been sitting for too long.
Diet is also a potential cause of this condition. Too many teens are not eating nutritious foods. A diet that is high in fiber and includes fresh fruit and vegetables can help prevent hemorrhoids. Teenagers also need to make sure they are staying hydrated throughout the day.
If you are a teen or a parent of a teen with hemorrhoids there is no need to panic or feel embarrassed. In most cases the condition is mild and easy to treat at home. But if the symptoms do not improve or if they get worse a doctor should be consulted right away.