Hemorrhoid pillows are popular amongst sufferers today because the use of these pillows helps to relieve the symptoms of itching and pain associated with some types of this ailment.
There are two main types of hemorrhoid pillows:
1-The doughnut cushion: This type of hemorrhoid cushion is commonly called a doughnut or ring cushion because it has an O-shaped design. There is an opening in the middle of the cushion that enables the sufferer to sit on the cushion without allowing direct contact between the inflamed anal tissues and the surface of the pillow.
These doughnut cushions come in inflatable or solid foam styles but the inflatable types are more commonly used than the solid foam types.
2-The support cushion: This second type of hemorrhoid cushion works more like a conventional pillow. This type of pillow also helps to reduce the frictional pressure on the inflamed anal area.
Unlike the doughnut pillow that has a hole in its center to provide an open space for the bum to hang, the support pillow relieves the friction by providing a very soft surface for the sore anal area to sit on. These support pillows also come in inflatable and solid foam designs.
The choice of the pillow that you would like to use is determined largely by your own personal preference as both types are equally effective.
However, before you decide to make use of these pillows it is advisable you know what you stand to gain or lose by making use of them.
Pros of using hemorrhoid pillows
-The use of these pillows provides you with a simple and easy way of relieving your symptoms; they do not have side effects and you need not worry about the fear of using overdose of ingredients unlike when you use other hemorrhoid medications.
-The effect of these pillows is felt very fast; as soon as you sit down on these pillows you will begin to feel relief immediately.
-Hemorrhoid pillows are inexpensive; most of them cost between ten to twenty dollars.
-Inflatable pillows are portable and they are easy to carry around; once they are deflated you can easily fold them into your bag or pocket.
Cons of using hemorrhoid pillows
-The use of these pillows can only address the symptoms of hemorrhoids superficially; they do not address the actual disease itself. They can only help to lessen the symptoms before the effect of more major treatment sets in.
-It is even possible that if you sit on these pillows for too long they can actually worsen your symptoms. Sitting on these pillows for too long can impede blood flow to the anal area and it can also increase the pressure within the bum area.
-If you have large or prolapsed piles using these pillows might actually worsen your symptoms. So if you have huge very painful or prolapsed piles you should consult your physician before you use them.
Although hemorrhoid pillows are good for quick relief of hemorrhoid symptoms, they can not give total cure of the hemorrhoid symptoms and their use is limited mainly to the mild and moderate forms of the disease; their use is not really advisable in the treatment of the severe and giant-sized forms of piles.