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Hemorrhoids Cushions: An Overview


It has long been known that sitting for long periods of time can increase your chance of developing hemorrhoids.  Sitting in one place for extended periods puts pressure on the anal and rectal areas and that pressure can cause the veins in both areas to swell and become hemorrhoids.

Once hemorrhoids have developed, sitting for extended periods can be detrimental for other reasons.  The pressure placed on the anal and rectal areas can actually increase the symptoms of existing hemroids and cause pain and discomfort than can interfere with your daily routine.  Fortunately, hemorrhoids cushions can provide much-needed relief when you must sit for long periods as part of your job or some other part of your daily activities.

Hemorrhoids Cushions

Hemorrhoids cushions come in many forms, but in general, they are designed to keep the lower parts of the body from coming in contact with the surface of the chair or seat.  They also relieve pressure in the rectal area, thus preventing the worsening of the uncomfortable symptoms of hemroids.

While a hole-ring cushion that resembles a doughnut is the most popular shape used by most hemorrhoids sufferers, hemorrhoids cushions can be oblong or square, or can even be customized to your particular shape.  The hole-ring is preferred by most, however, because it is very effective in relieving pressure on the lower part of the body while seated, and it helps the anal area to relax.  It also provides maximum support of the thighs, which further helps to relieve pressure in the perianal area.  Additionally, many sufferers report that the hole-ring design is more comfortable than some other shapes of hemorrhoids cushions.

The material used in hemroids cushions can vary also.  They can consist of moldable foam, foam pellets, styrene pellets, a gel-like substance or hard foam.  Many hemorrhoids sufferers prefer their hemorrhoids cushions made out of the foam that molds to the user’s shape, which is said to provide maximum comfort.

Benefits of Using Hemorrhoids Cushions

The majority of hemorrhoids sufferers who use hemorrhoids cushions are those who have external hemroids, that is, hemroids which are external to the anus and present near the anal opening.  A hemorrhoids cushion relieves any direct contact between the seat and the affected hemorrhoidal tissue.  Hemorrhoids cushions can also benefit internal hemroids which develop within the anal canal, however, as the support and relief from pressure that they provide can relieve the stress on internal hemroids as well as external ones.

Hemorrhoids cushions can be used on hemroids in any stage, from mild cases to more severe ones.  In addition to providing relief from the immediate discomfort of hemroids, hemorrhoids cushions can actually aid in the healing process long-term.  Relieving the pressure in the anal and rectal areas can help hemroids heal faster, especially when combined with some other hemroids treatment.

Hemorrhoids cushions can generally be found in medical supply stores and most pharmacies.  They can also be purchased over the internet, and are a relatively inexpensive way to provide relief for your hemorrhoids.