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10 ways you never knew you were using the toilet wrong

You gotta look before you flush, ease up when you wipe, and, yes, there is a right way to hang toilet paper.

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You sit too long…
You sit too long…
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Ever spent so long on the toilet that your housemates ask if you've fallen in? We get it. It’s quiet in the bathroom. You can actually lock the door and sit uninterrupted with a magazine, book or, more likely, a smartphone. But you really need to find another spot for a little “me time.” Sitting perched in that position too long puts extra stress on the veins in the lowest part of your rectum; if those veins swell or bulge, it’s “hello, haemorrhoids.” In many cases haemorrhoids usually clear up within a week, but in the meantime, can be itchy, uncomfortable, and are the most common cause of rectal bleeding.

If you see any bright red spots on your stool or toilet paper after you wipe, talk to your doctor to make sure the bleeding isn’t a symptom of colon cancer or another serious condition. He or she may also suggest over-the-counter creams or ointments to treat persistent and painful haemorrhoids.

Here's another reason to keep your smartphone on the other side of the toilet door... check out this feature on just how dirty your phone screen really is.
 



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