A sitz bath is a relaxing way to naturally relieve a variety of hemorrhoid symptoms. Whether you’re experiencing itchiness in the rectal area, painful bowel movements, or all of the above, sitz baths can provide the temporary relief you need to get through the day.
Many doctors recommend sitz bath for hemorrhoids because sitting in warm water for a short period of time can encourage blood flow to the anal area. They also help relax the sphincter muscles, which promotes healing, soothes constipation, and eases overall discomfort. Here’s how it works:
Sitz baths for hemorrhoids can be purchased at most drug stores. It is a plastic bowl that fits on top of your toilet seat with a cut out so excess water will drain back into the toilet. Fill the sitz bath with warm water, add a tablespoon of table salt, and sit comfortably for about 15 minutes at a time. You can also make your own sitz bath in the bathtub. Simply fill the tub with just enough warm water to cover your anal area, add the salt, and relax!
For maximum results, sit in the sitz bath for 15 minutes three time a day and after every bowel movement. When you’re done, remember to get up slowly. Dilation of blood vessels from warm water could, on occasion, cause dizziness. Also, be sure to dry the area completely once you are finished. Excess moisture left on the anal area can actually make hemorrhoids worse.