Hemorrhoids are painful and difficult to deal with. If the physical discomfort was
not enough, you have to deal with the embarrassment and shame associated with the
sickness. It is a very complicated situation for the patient and any way to help
relieve this stress is important.
A sitz bath is not only medically proven to be effective in the treatment of Hemorrhoids,
but it also provides much needed comfort for the patient.
Sitz baths are a form of hydrotherapy in which the patient is given a chance to sit
down throughout the whole process. Sitz stems from the German term sitzen, which
means “to sit”. The bath itself is a simple task that only requires the patient to
sit in a specialized tub of hot or warm water for about ten to twenty minutes. It
is the preparation of the bath itself that requires a little study and know-how to
Buying A Sitz Bath
Unless you are lucky enough to have a sitz bath readily available at your home, chances
are, you will need to go out and buy a sitz bath. Unless of course you are suffering
from hemorrhoids, then you would need to have someone else buy it for you. Chances
are your local hospital or your doctor may know where to acquire one.
There are also some hospitals or clinics that have sitz baths for sale. Your best
bet is to go to medical stores. Sitz baths vary in size and cost. You should choose
a sitz bath that best suits your needs.
Preparing the Sitz bath starts with setting up the sitz bath. If you bought a specialized
sitz bath, then all you will need to do is make sure to follow the instructions properly.
• Often you will be required to set up the sitz on top of the toilet, so be sure
that it is stable. Otherwise you could end up hurting yourself.
• Next is to fill the sitz with water. Depending on your set up, you can afford to
fill up the whole tub with water.
• More often than not, filling up the tub to one third of its capacity will be more
than enough once you sit in.
• Check the temperature of the water.
• Lastly, it would be wise to have a timer nearby.
• If your treatment requires the use of Epsom salt, add in about 3 tablespoons or
a quarter cup into the water. Let the salt dissolve completely in the water.
When entering the sitz, do so slowly so that the sudden temperature change does not
shock your body.
• Once you are settled in, stay and rest in the sitz bath for the full prescribed
duration (around ten to twenty minutes).
• Doctors always advice patients going to the sitz bath for the first time do so
under supervision of medical personnel so that any unnatural discomfort can be observed
and taken note of.
• Once you are done, slowly step out of the sitz bath and allow your body to adjust
to the room temperature.
• Do no rub the afflicted area; instead gently dry it with a soft cotton cloth.