Hot towel bath
HOT TOWEL BATH
This type of bath is given to the patient after soaking a towel in the water of different temperature according to his physical condition. The patient, who can take this bath easily, should stand in a tub full of hot water with naked body. A towel, soaked with cold water, should be wrapped on the head before taking this type of bath. After it, another towel should be soaked in hot water and squeeze it. Now, the chest, stomach, legs and arms of the patient should be wiped. While giving hot towel bath, there is no necessity to rub his body with effort. If the towel is dried while wiping, it should be soaked again. After bathing, his body should be warmed by wrapping in a piece of dry cloth.
If the patient is physically weak and suffers from the malfunctioning of blood circulation, he should take bath with warm water (about 105 to 110 degree Fahrenheit). While taking this type of bath, the patient should keep his head and neck as bending position and wash them with cold water properly again and again. If the patient can not able to take this bath as standing position, he should be made lying down for this purpose.
Such type of bath is very beneficial in typhoid fever. It is also benefited in the cases like- neuralgic weakness and night sweating in the T.B. patient.
Cold-hot towel bath-
Giving hot and cold towel bath one after another is called ‘Cold-hot Towel Bath’. By giving this bath on the back, disorders related with the respiratory systems and heart are eliminated. When the heart becomes too weak due to blood poisoning, cold-hot towel bath should be taken. It ends weakness of the heart and makes it strong.
Bathing with towel soaked in alkaline hot water:-
For this purpose, water having 120 to 130 degree Fahrenheit should be taken and 50 gram of Sodium bicarbonate per 1.5 litres of water should be dissolved in it. Now, a piece of sponge should be soaked in this solution and give bath to the patient. It is called bathing with towel soaked in alkaline hot water.
This type of bath checks the poison of scorpion, insects, etc.