What Is A Sitz Bath And How Can It Help Piles?

A hot water bath after a long and tiring day is one of the top everyday pleasures in your life. While a hot water bath is up there in the top calming things to do every day, there is another kind of bath that tops it. What’s better? This bath also has healing powers. 

Yes, we are talking about the sitz bath. Sitz bath is a warm, therapeutic bath. It heals and cleanses your bottom area, especially the areas between your rectum, and vulva or scrotum.  

The word “sitz” comes from a German word, Sitzen, which means to sit. Sitz bath is an extremely effective home remedy for a wide range of colorectal disorders. They are usually recommended by doctors to patients who have haemorrhoids/piles, anal fistulas, chronic constipation, etc. It is also advised to women who had vaginal delivery to fasten the healing process. 

Benefits of Sitz Bath

Sitz baths come with a lot of benefits and that’s why some people do them regularly. Below are some of the benefits of Sitz baths: 

  • Cleanses the perineum
  • Increases blood flow to the perineal area
  • Helps in faster healing
  • Relieves pain, irritation, itching, and discomfort.

How’s it done?

There are two ways to do a sitz bath. 

  1. Buy a kit online or from a drugstore/medical shop
  2. Using your bathtub.

The kit comes with a sitz bath bowl. It is a plastic container that can be placed on the toilet seat. The kit will come with instructions and all you need to do is follow those instructions to set up a sitz bath. If you are doing the sitz bath in your bathtub, make sure the tub is thoroughly cleaned before the bath. Fill the tub with 3-4 inches of water. Slowly sit down in a way the affected area is immersed in water. 

In both cases, use warm water and sit in this water for 10 to 20 minutes. Once you are done with the bath, pat yourself dry with a clean dry towel and make sure that you don’t rub or scrub the area. Keep the water comfortably warm during all times of the bath. You can do it by adding warm water to the tub or bowl. You have to do a sitz bath at least 2-3 times a day for better results. Do not forget to clean the bowl/tub after each use. 

How is a sitz bath helpful for piles?

Sitz bath helps in relieving the discomfort caused by a lot of symptoms of haemorrhoids/piles. Sitz bath won’t cure any condition, but it will definitely ease irritation and that’s why doctors recommend it to people struggling with pain. But if the pain still persists, it is best advised to undergo laser treatment for piles. You can find the best piles treatment in Bangalore at SMILES Hospital. Laser treatment for most of the colorectal ailments at SMILES are virtually painless and usually a lunch-time procedure.


Smiles Gastroenterology Hospitals are known for providing highly efficient laser treatment for piles in Bangalore and also for treating a wide range of colorectal disorders. We also offer many other treatment options for piles that provide immediate relief. We have specialised doctors who have more than 20 years of experience and training in the field. Make your piles treatment as comfortable and soothing as a sitz bath with SMILES Hospital.