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Can "sitz baths" help with hemorrhoids?

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Warm (but not hot) "sitz baths" are a time-honored therapy: Sit in about 3 inches of warm water for 15 minutes or so, several times a day. This helps reduce swelling in the area and relaxes your clenching sphincter muscle. It's especially good after pooping.

From: Hemorrhoids Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 18, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/18/2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Hemorrhoids Overview"; "Hemorrhoids Treatment"; and "Hemorrhoids Causes & Risk Factors."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Hemorrhoids."

Sneider E. , February 2010. Surgical Clinics of North America

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 18, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Hemorrhoids Overview"; "Hemorrhoids Treatment"; and "Hemorrhoids Causes & Risk Factors."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Hemorrhoids."

Sneider E. , February 2010. Surgical Clinics of North America

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 18, 2018

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