Should the hemorrhoids be relieved with cold or hot water?: When one gets hurt, burns or scratches, the first reflex that one has is to put the area that hurts under water. Whether directly under a tap or with an ice pack, water has always been the best ally to relieve pain and prevent swelling. When it comes to swollen hemorrhoids, the rule remains unchanged. Water is always a good remedy to relieve some of the discomfort caused by hemorrhoids.
How to use water to relieve hemorrhoids?
The use of water will not completely heal the hemorrhoids but will help decrease some intensity of some symptoms, including pain and itching. It remains to be seen how to make good use of it. Another is the need to learn to wash with clean water after each passage to the toilet to avoid infection with a wall so weakened by the hemorrhoidal thrust; there are two ways to relieve themselves with water. Yes, we talk about water only, no herbs, no products to add. Water alone has incredible virtues.
The seat bath
This method has been known for a very long time. The seat bath consists of putting water in a basin or squarely filling the bathtub and sitting on it. The purpose of this maneuver is that the water submerges all the anal part. Water penetrates the tissues and helps relieve itching and pain.
Indeed, water, combined with some gentle massages made using a washcloth or directly fingers, stimulates the lymph nodes concentrated in this area, which have an anti-inflammatory action on hemorrhoids.
The right method:
To make a seated bath in the “rules of the art,” sit as comfortably as possible in the bathtub or a bowl filled with 10 to 20 cm of water. It is advisable to keep the rest of the body dry, as well as the feet, especially if the water is cold. The aim of the position is to raise the knees to spread as far as possible the buttocks and leave to the water a total access to the anal zone. You can add plants such as witch hazel, lemongrass or oak bark. Clay can also be an excellent addition when suffering from hemorrhoids.
For best results, it is best to do a bath seat half an hour before going to the toilet or meals. It is at these times that the seizures can trigger and it is better to prevent them before. However, you can make a seated bath after meals or stools of 1:30 to soothe the anal region.
As for the frequency, 3 to 4 times a day minimum and as much as possible if you have the possibility. A small bath of the seat before sleeping is also very beneficial for having a trouble free sleep. The duration should be between 15 and 20 minutes.
In the end, do not forget to dry well because of bacteria like wetlands. They are environments favorable to their proliferations.
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Unlike the seat bath, the use of ice is much easier and does not require as much effort. Indeed, you can use this method wherever you want and when you want.
However, let’s first see why we advocate the use of ice in case of hemorrhoids. In fact, when one has hemorrhoids, one suffers first of all inflammation and problems in the veins. The wall of the hemorrhoidal veins relaxed and lost its elasticity, causing the swelling and stagnation of the hemorrhoidal veins. Cold water, or rather ice first has vasoconstrictive properties, and it is these properties that relieve little hemorrhoids or even help to cure them. However, that is not all! Ice also acts on other factors, not only reducing inflammation but also pain and itching. These factors are the sensory receptors that are present in abundance in the anal region. Moreover, since everything in the human body is there for a particular purpose, These sensors or receivers are there to facilitate defecation. They provide a sense of well-being and satisfaction (similar to a mini-orgasm) so that the defecation experience remains bearable. Except that in this particular case, these receivers act against us and make it hurt and it itches.
Ice acts by blocking the nerve transmission of these receptors, thereby reducing the itching and pain induced by inflammation.
In fact, ice is often used when bumping or being injured. It acts as a local anesthetic to prevent the spread of the nervous message of pain. It also prevents inflammation by the same mechanism.
The right method:
In the anal area, we speak no more of skin but of mucous membrane. The mucosa is much finer and fragile than the skin and is much more innervated. Direct contact with ice will only hurt you. What to do is to use an ice bag or, if not, put a few ice cubes in a clean cloth, preferably cotton.
Ice should be applied to the affected area, including the anus and allow the cold to act as much as possible. Some people can stand the cold more than others. However, it is advisable to stop as soon as it becomes troublesome or unbearable. Do not force yourself. The purpose of the maneuver is to relieve you, not to hurt you.
This method will give you respite for a few hours. You can do this as much as you want as long as you follow the rules of hygiene.
For the seat bath, should you use cold water or hot water?
This is the question that arises. The answer is in your hands …
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Why cold water?
As for cold or rather cool water, it has the same properties as ice. It has vasoconstrictive properties which help to cure the hemorrhoids and to fight against the relaxation of the wall of the veins responsible for the swelling of the latter. It also contributes to decrease pain and itching by blocking nerve receptors in the anal region.
However, cold water is not a good idea for most people. Indeed, the human being is a homeothermic being and therefore must have a constant temperature to fight diseases and … survive. The difference in temperature between the water and the human body can make a small “thermal shock” that would give gas and which would weaken the body and makes it more likely to succumb to diseases, including flu in winter. If you have a somewhat fragile immunity, be careful with the seat bath in cold water and cover the rest of the body well.
Why hot water?
Hot water, unlike cold water, induces vasodilation of the veins. Although this is not the desired effect, it relieves a little anyway. However, the advantage of hot water, although it weakens the membrane a little, it infiltrates more quickly inwards, precisely by reducing the layer. Why is this interesting? Think regarding seat bath with herbs. The bus of adding infusions of herbs to the tub of the seat is that the latter go beyond the membrane and that their active ingredients enter to give the desired effect. The hot water thus allows a better infiltration than the cold water which contains the pores and induces the vasoconstriction of the veins.
The purpose of the seat bath is just to put itself in the water. The middle ground between cold water and hot water that is, warm water could be the best alternative.
That said, the choice belongs to you and instead of looking for the best, look for what suits you best. Already being crouched on a basin or bowl is not one of the most comfortable and glamorous positions. It is about getting you well-being and relief afterward. So take the temperature that suits you and that relieves you the most. Do some testing before choosing or alternating from bath to bath. The important thing is to make sure you dry well afterward.
Combine methods … for a better result?
You do not have to choose between the two approaches, namely the seat bath and the ice. In fact, you can combine both methods and have a better result. The result you will get will be better for your hemorrhoids but not for the duration of relief since each has its properties as you can see. In fact, to have relief, especially at night when flare-ups sometimes become unsustainable, it is advisable to start with a warm or hot water bath and finish applying the ice just before sleeping. Choose a comfortable position to sleep and try to stay still until you succumb to sleep. You will then have a long night of restful sleep, and you will be more energetic the next day.