What is a Sitz Bath?

What is a Sitz Bath

A sitz bath is a small bathtub designed mainly to allow someone suffering from hemorrhoids to soak them in water without having to take a full bath. Sitz derives from the German word sitzen, which means to sit. This is an appropriate term for describing what to do in a sitz bath, which is to merely sit in warm water. Usually ones rectum should be soaked in warm water anywhere between 15-20 minutes 3-4 times a day if possible. This is supposed to relieve symptoms and help to shrink hemorrhoids.

Sitz baths are available at medical stores and are a popular home remedy for external hemorrhoids although I have noticed that the traditional ones are harder to find these days.

How Do You Use a Sitz Bath

To use a sitz bath, fill it or a bath with the required amount of water being careful to take into consideration bodily size so the water doesn’t overflow. If possible, place the water in a basin that will allow you to immerse just the pelvic and abdominal regions. In this case, you can fill another basin with water that is a few degrees warmer, and immerse your feet in it while sitting in the sitz bath. If no suitable basins are available, place the sitz bath water in a bathtub. You may also want to cover your body with a sheet or blanket to make it more comfortable.

Is it difficult to take a sitz bath?

How straightforward or difficult it is to take a sitz bath depends on the type of sitz bath you use.. There are some sitz baths that can fit over a toilet seat, and have a drain so any additional water will not leak over when you sit down. Others may be fitted to the top of a chair so you have a sitz bath and chair in one. An alternative to a sitz bath is simply a large tub but its advisable to purchase a purpose made bath. You can often get away with using a large dish tub, but f you are overweight make sure you purchase and adequately sized tub.

Hygiene is an important factor when using a sitz bath. You should clean it thoroughly after each use with disinfectant to help avoid infections. Also if you plan to use a basin or tub make sure you purchase it new and wash before initial use.

I do sincerely believe that people suffering from hemorrhoids deserve help. Hemorrhoids are commonly known as piles and very often is a source for humour and jokes but it is not funny! Hemorrhoids are terrible to experience. It's embarrassing, and you end up suffering in silence. It hurts to laugh. It hurts to cough. It hurts to walk. It hurts to sit. But most of all; it hurts to do what you have to do every morning in the bathroom!

I am a great believer in the use of natural remedies where possible. By all means consult your physician, but also consider natural solutions that can work alongside conventional medicines or sometimes instead of them. I am in the process of completing a site dedicated to this subject. In the meantime read more about this debilitating condition at my healthbrand page
and good luck!

The Author:

Jay Jayesser, I am a fitness enthusiast and take a personal interest in natural solutions to different ailments and conditions. To find out more about hemorrhoids do visit me at my healthbrand hemorrhoid page. http://www.healthbrand.net/Hemorrhoidcure/

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