Hemorrhoids and Work: Strategies for Coping with a Desk Job

Hemorrhoids & work place

A desk job involves a person sitting at a desk for long periods of time. Because of this, they can develop haemorrhoids. This happens through a gradual process.

When you sit, you put pressure on your buttocks that makes the gluteal muscles spread out. Then, the small veins around the anus and rectum are stretched and lose their elasticity. These veins get engorged with blood, and become haemorrhoids. The continuing pressure from prolonged sitting causes new haemorrhoids to develop while aggravating the existing ones.

Receptionists, office clerks, secretaries and data entry clerks are some of the desk jobs that have the most cases of haemorrhoids. Therefore, if you work in these or any other desk job you should be careful to avoid piles.

Strategies for Desk Job Workers to Cope with Haemorrhoids:

If you have a desk job and have piles, you can follow some strategies to manage your haemorrhoids while working. There are some things that you can do to minimize your risk of haemorrhoids:

  • Take frequent breaks:

You should get up from your chair and move around once every hour. Even if it is only a short break, you should stand or walk around frequently throughout your day.

  • Use a pillow:

A donut-shaped pillow to sit on at your desk can relieve or prevent haemorrhoids. These pillows help you sit comfortably and take the pressure off the anus.

  • Eat a high fibrediet:

Eating a diet that is high in fibre is important for anyone that is seeking to avoid haemorrhoids. By eating a diet high in fibre, you will have more regular bowel movements, reducing the risk of hemorrhoids.

  • Sit on a memory foam seat cushion:

A memory foam seat cushion offers relief from pressure that could exacerbate haemorrhoids. These unique cushions are made out of a material that naturally conforms to your body, so when you sit on them it is like you are sitting on a pillow that is made especially for your shape.

  • Keep your legs elevated:

Elevate your legs off the floor to reduce the pressure that sitting puts on your hips, rectum, and spine. The more often you elevate your legs while sitting, the more it  relieves the pain of a haemorrhoid flare-up

Treatments for Haemorrhoids:

Ultimately, the only real way you can do your desk job without suffering from haemorrhoids is to treat them and remove them. Treatments for haemorrhoids are varied and include the following:

  • Self-care:

Exercising, a high fibre diet, ice packs and other changes to your life tyle can help you care for yourself and cure you of your haemorrhoids.

  • Medications:

Steroids and supplements are common medications given to patients of piles.

  • Medical procedures:

Sclerotherapy, rubber band litigation and Laser surgery for piles are the most often used medical procedures for people who have haemorrhoids.


A desk job doesn't have to be a nightmare for hemorrhoid sufferers. By incorporating these strategies into your work routine, you can manage your condition more effectively, stay comfortable, and focus on your career.

Doctors at Chennai Laser Gastro are dedicated to providing comprehensive care and treatment for hemorrhoid patients. Don't let hemorrhoids interfere with your professional life – we're here to help you find relief and support your journey to a pain-free workday.

Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran