So what is a sitz bath for hemorrhoids, and why are sitz baths so highly recommended when we are in dire need of some relief from the symptoms of hemorrhoids?
A sitz bath is simply a shallow bath for sitting in, to ease discomfort, for people suffering from hemorrhoids or genital problems. The taking of regular sitz baths are so highly recommended because the warm water helps soothe and relax the anal sphincter, which helps lessen any pressure, while also reducing any itching sensations.
Best Sitz Bath For Hemorrhoids
For comfort and practicallity the best way to take a sitz bath (if you have hemorrhoids) is to use a purpose designed sitz bath kit (a plastic device that fits onto your regular toilet seat).The reason is, the warm water must remain in direct contact with the exact area of inflammation for the duration of the treatment. So a comfortable seated position (with the buttocks already parted) while perched on your own toilet seat, is ideal. Water will naturally flow upon the hemorrhoid area while seated in this position. This is the preferred method for the majority of hemorrhoid sufferers.
If you use a large bowl, or try to do it in your bath tub, it can be a struggle to part your buttocks for at least 10 minutes. That is not the most comfortable way to do it.
Advice On Sitz Bath Device Kits
This is a very simple hydrotherapy method. You purchase a kit, containing a toilet seat basin, plus a water bag (2 quarts fill-able) with the connectable tubing. They are quite inexpensive to buy at your local pharmacy or online.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you measure your toilet seat size before buying the item, to get the right fit. If you have a standard oval or round shaped toilet you should be able to make it fit.
How To Use A Sitz Bath When Treating Hemorrhoids
First, prepare for your sitz bath properly, so you get used to the routine..
- SITZ BATH
- A SUPPLY OF WARM WATER
- A CLEAN TOWEL
- PERHAPS SOME READING MATERIAL OF YOUR CHOICE (YOU’LL BE THERE FOR 10 – 20 MINUTES SOAKING AWAY, SO YOU MAY NEED SOMETHING TO OCCUPY YOUR MIND.
STEP 1: After purchasing your sitz bath, clean it thoroughly with clean water and you’re ready to go. Attach it to the rim of your toilet bowl.
STEP 2: Fill the basin with a few inches (about 3 or 4 inches) of warm water. Use the elbow test (dipping your elbow in the water) to test for temperature. It is not a case of the hotter the better. Warm (to slightly hot) is usually best. A good sitz bath attachment bowl will have vents to allow overflow into the toilet (not over the bowl and onto the floor). So when you have a supply of fresh warm water, it is pumped from the water bag through the tube and into the basin, allowing for a fresh supply of clean warm water throughout the duration of your sitting.
STEP 3: There will be a clamp on the tubing. Make sure it is clamped before filling the water bag with warm water. Make sure the tubing is inserted into the basin properly.
STEP 4: Ease yourself onto the seat and take the clamp off the tubing, allowing the water to flow. Soak for 20 minutes, or as instructed. When you need a top up with fresh warm water, refill the water bag.
STEP 5: When finished, arise slowly without slipping or keeling over. Watch out for dizziness. Combine some pat drying and air drying, and try to maintain good ventilation at all times, as much as is socially acceptable.
STEP 6: Empty the water out, and give the basin a proper clean.
STEP 7: You can repeat these steps 3 or 4 times a day.
What To Put In A Sitz Bath To Soothe Hemorrhoids
There is no absolute requirement to add anything to the water, and there is no real evidence to suggest putting in a specific ingredient (or combination of ingredients) will make your sitz bath hemorrhoid treatment more effective. However, the following ingredients are recommended and may prove beneficial:
Sea Salt: Non-oidized salts are recommended for sitz bath use (some people may have a reaction to the iodine in regular table salt). The Salt water acts as an antibacterial agent and has traditionally been used to heal wounds and different skin conditions. You can make a solution using 4 tablespoons of sea salt.
Some people opt to take a sitz bath after a bowel movement. But what about taking a bowel movement during a sitz bath. As alarming as it sounds, the relaxing sensations can indeed induce a bowel movement. For individuals struggling with hemorrhoids, constipation and painful bowel movements, then it may be a case of whatever works and whatever helps you, is a good thing.
Constipation and hemorrhoids are often closely connected. Constipation may (or may not) cause hemorrhoids. But a constipation problem may create further damage, when you are trying to recover from hemorrhoids. So you may want to employ the services of a sitz bath to help relax and induce bowel movements. Some people opt to take a bowel movement during their sitz bath to help reduce the pain. If you do, obviously clean the basin and replenish with clean water for further soaking. The choice is yours.
The sitz bath hemorrhoids treatment is an important part of the recovery process. It helps maintain hygiene and gives much needed relief to sufferers during all stages of hemorrhoids. The idea is, if you need to soothe your bottom area 3 or 4 times a day, then a sitz bath can be prepared quickly, submerging only the area that needs attention.
Our advice is, the best way to perform a sitz bath for hemorrhoids, is to use the attachable toilet seat kits. This allows you to be in a comfortable position (for a minimum of 10 minutes), and it allows easy contact between the water and the exact (otherwise hard to reach) hemorrhoid area.