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What conditions will a sitz bath help?

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A sitz bath is typically used as a home treatment for:

It can offer relief from soreness, burning, and inflammation, but you may need other treatments as well.

Your pediatrician may suggest a sitz bath for a child with uncomfortable bowel movements, a skin reaction, or an injury in the genital area.

  • Anal fissure, or small tear in the skin lining the opening of the anus
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Hemorrhoids
  • A condition that affects the prostate gland called prostatitis
  • After a vaginal delivery

From: Sitz Bath WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on September 7, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/7/2018

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: “Sitz bath.”

Stanford University Medical Center: “Sitz Bath Patient Education.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Hemorrhoids and what to do about them.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Sitz Baths.”

UC Davis Cancer Center and UC Davis Children’s Hospital: “Sitz bath.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on September 7, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: “Sitz bath.”

Stanford University Medical Center: “Sitz Bath Patient Education.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Hemorrhoids and what to do about them.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Sitz Baths.”

UC Davis Cancer Center and UC Davis Children’s Hospital: “Sitz bath.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on September 7, 2018

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