Piles also are known as hemorrhoids are swellings that contain enlarged veins and blood vessels found inside or around the bottom of the rectum and anus. It can cause severe discomfort, pain itching and sometimes bleeding while defecating or passing the bowels. There are various solutions and treatment options available for the treatment of piles. However, Warm bath is not a permanent solution for piles.
What is a Warm bath? How can it relieve the symptoms of Piles?
A warm bath is also known as the sitz bath or shallow bath which cleanses the perineum, a space between the rectum and the vulva or the scrotum.
A warm bath contains a plastic kit which can fit easily over your toilet seat. This kit contains a round, shallow basin that often comes with a plastic bag attached to it which has a long tubing at its end. This bag can be filled with warm water and used for filling the bath safely with the help of the attached tubing. The basin is somewhat larger in size in comparison to a standard toilet seat so it can be placed very easily and securely underneath the toilet seat to allow an individual remains seated while taking a warm or sitz bath. The kit is easily available in many supermarket stores and pharmacies.
Advantages of taking a Sitz bath
- A warm bath provides relief from the pain and itching that occurs in the genital area of an individual suffering from piles.
- A warm or sitz bath does not require a doctor’s prescription.
- Some people can use warm baths on a regular basis for cleansing their perineum.
- Sitz bath’s warm water also enhances the blood flow to the perineal area and can also promote faster healing by reducing minor pain, irritation, and itching.
Disadvantages of taking a Sitz bath
- Though having a lot of advantages taking a warm bath is not a permanent solution especially in patients suffering from severe cases of piles.
- The most common adverse effect associated with sitz baths is the chances of infection occurring in the perineum, but this occurs in rare cases where an individual do not clean the tub or plastic bath thoroughly. Some physicians prescribe some medications or other additives to add in a sitz bath for example povidone-iodine, which possesses antibacterial properties.
- A warm bath can provide only temporary relief from the pain and itching.
- A warm bath is only used to aid in the treatment procedure of piles and is not recommended as the only procedure for healing piles. For example, it can be used as an additive factor
- If an individual has recently undergone surgery of the vulva or vagina regions
- If an individual recently had hemorrhoid surgery
- If an individual is experiencing discomfort while making bowel movements.
- Sitz or warm bath is not a permanent solution, and one should not depend on it if the pain or itching persists for a longer duration or if your perineum becomes red and puffy.
Only a few patients can get relief through a warm bath. It is widely recommended to consult a doctor even if one experience a minor pain and itching issue. Because everyone is different so before starting the use of sitz bath a patient should consult a good physician.
Q.1. How long should you sit in a sitz bath?
15 to 20 minutes
The water should be added in enough amounts or it should be much deep enough to cover the perineum completely. Remain seated in the warm bath for at least 15 to 20 minutes all around.
Q.2. Is Epsom salt good for sitz bath?
Herbal baths can help an individual relax, speed up healing and help with hemorrhoids. One should use 1/2 cup Epsom salt in a fully filled warm water basin.
Q.3. What to do if a warm bath doesn’t help out much in treating piles?
People should be extra cautious in understanding what is placed on or near hemorrhoids, as placing anything abruptly can cause the inflamed area to become more inflamed and irritated. If the conditions persist and worsen one should immediately consult a doctor.