Since you’re taking a sitz bath to promote healing to injured tissue, you want to be extra sure that the environment is sterile. Use a bleach-based cleaning product to sterilize the bathtub before drawing your sitz bath. Scrub the tub thoroughly to make sure you’ve removed all the soaps and other bath products that have accumulated on the surface. Rinse the tub thoroughly to remove both the soaps and the cleaning products. It’s very important that the water you use in your sitz bath is warm, but not scalding hot. The temperature should not cause any discomfort that could cause irritation or inflammation. Warm water, though, will increase blood flow to the injured tissue, speeding up the body’s healing process in that area. Make sure that the bathtub is plugged so the water doesn’t drain out, then run the water until there’s enough water in the tub to fully immerse the area that’s giving you trouble.
Mix soothing additives to the water if you wish. You don’t need to add anything to the water, as the warm temperature alone will make you feel better. However, there are many things you can add to your bath to treat different problems. Ask your doctor for a recommendation on what to add to your bath.
Salt is a good general additive for any sitz bath, regardless of the reason. 2 cup of table vinegar to the salt water solution. An herbal solution is good for treating hemorrhoids, as well as damage from tissue trauma like giving birth. 8 drops of lavender essential oil, and 8 drops of chamomile essential oil, with the water for your bath. Make sure that the problem area is completely covered in the warm bath, and soak in the bath for at least 15 to 30 minutes. Run warm water as necessary to keep the temperature of the bath up. You must be very gentle with the damaged tissue after your sitz bath, so don’t rub yourself dry as you normally would. Use a clean, soft towel, pat and dab until the area has been dried.
Scrubbing or rubbing can cause irritation and further injury. You can often find a sitz bath kit in the medical supply section of the grocery store, or your local pharmacy. If you can’t find a sitz bath kit locally at a store, you can purchase them easily online. Even if your kit is new out of the package, you want to make sure that you’re not exposing your damaged tissue to possible infection. Clean the basin thoroughly with a bleach-based cleaning product. Scrub well and rinse with water. Once you get your bath set up, you can just sit and relax while it does its work.
But first, you have to set it up. Place the tube through the hole in the basin that’s used for circulating the solution throughout the bath. Consult the directions that came with the kit if you’re having trouble locating the tube hole. Snake the tube all the way to the center of the basin and clip it into the bottom of the bowl. Consult your kit’s instructions for a diagram if necessary. Fill the solution bag with warm water, or whichever solution you’d like to use to treat the damaged tissue. Put the basin and bag in place. Making sure the toilet seat is up, place the basin over the inner rim of the toilet.
It’s best if the bag can hang from some sort of hook, but all that matters is that it’s elevated, so the liquid will drain downward. You’ll likely have to adjust a bit to find a comfortable position. Feel free to adjust your position as necessary throughout the duration of the bath to make sure you’re not causing yourself unnecessary discomfort. Release the clamp that’s holding back the warm solution in the elevated bag. The hose at the bottom of the bowl will begin spraying upward, so make the necessary adjustments to ensure that the bathwater is being sprayed onto the damaged tissue that you wish to treat. This might include adjusting your position or adjusting the position of the hose. The solution in the bag should be released slowly, not all at once, if your kit is working properly, so you’ll have a few minutes to relax into the spray. Even after the bag has emptied and the hose has ceased spraying, you can simply soak in the water that’s been collected in the basin for as long as you’d like.
Is it safe to soak in normal warm water without adding anything to it? As long as the water is not too hot, there is no harm in soaking. Should any creams be used, after a sitz bath, for hemorrhoids? If you have any prescribed topical creams, after the sitz bath is a good time to apply them since the area is clean. Will a pelvic sitz bath help a UTI? No, a UTI is an internal bacterial infection. A sitz bath is for external skin issues.
You need to visit a doctor for antibiotics. Drink unsweetened cranberry juice and plenty of water until you can get to the doctor. What do I do if it is accidentally ingested? If an elderly person has pressure sores on his buttocks, will a sitz bath help? Probably not because pressure sores are caused by neglecting the person in their bed. How many days will it take to be done with this treatment?
It depends on what you’re treating. Anal fissures and external hemorrhoids will usually heal in about a week. Remember to also use the bathroom regularly during this time, and eat a good amount of fiber so stool will move smoothly and not cause anymore damage. For bacterial infections, sitz baths only soothe itching and irritation and will not make the problem go away. Is it advisable to take this bath during a menstrual cycle? I have always done this myself. It’s the only thing that helps me during my menstrual cycle. Is there a danger of over-exposure to water in a Sitz bath with dissolving sutures? Generally, if you still have sutures in place you should not soak in any water because you could develop an infection.
Can I still do a sitz bath if I have a bladder prolapse? Yes, a sitz bath can help temporarily alleviate any pain or dryness caused by the prolapse. However, a sitz bath will not treat the prolapse itself. It is a good idea to follow up with your doctor to make sure the symptoms of the prolapse are being treated effectively. What are the ingredients for a homemade sitz bath? Is there away to do this if I don’t have an actual Sitz bath kit?
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