From rectal prolapse to tearing – the real dangers of using your phone on the loo revealed | The Sun

SCROLLING while on the loo is a common way to pass the time.

But the activity could put you at risk some serious health issues, a doctor warns.

In a video posted to TikTok, gastroenterologist Dr Saurabh Sethi revealed that scrolling on social media while sat on the loo puts "pressure on your your rectum and anus".

“This can lead to issues such as haemorrhoids, anal fissures and rectal prolapse,” Dr Saurabh said.

Up to a third of Brits suffer with haemorrhoids, also known as piles, which are lumps in or around your bottom caused by blood vessels becoming enlarged.

They can be symptomless and clear up in a few days but can also cause agony and discomfort when nature calls, according to the NHS.

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In some cases, you may need to see a pharmacist to get creams to ease the pain, itching and swelling, or treatment to help with constipation.

Anal fissure are similar, but instead of irritating the blood vessels it is a crack or tear in the lining of your anal canal.

It causes pain when trying to poo, which can last a few hours, and bleeding.

The most serious health issue that can result from sitting on a loo for too long is a a rectal prolapse, according to the expert.

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This occurs when your rectum, part of your large intestine, slips down inside your anus. 

But these aren’t the only reasons not to bring your phone to the bathroom with you.

“Another issue is that it can be a breeding ground for bacteria,” he said.

“Studies have found that an average smartphone is dirtier than a public toilet seat, so try avoiding scrolling while on the toilet.”

But if you don't feel like you can stop scrolling during your toilet visits, the expert has another tip.

"At least have a disinfectant wipe around to clean the phone after you’re done with the business,” he said.

Symptoms of piles

The most common symptoms of haemorrhoids include:

  • Bright red blood in the stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl
  • Pain and irritation around the anus
  • Swelling or a hard lump around the anus
  • Itching in the anal area

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