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What is a sitz bath?

A sitz bath involves sitting in warm water up to the hips for 15 to 20 minutes. It is used to promote healing of the anal and genital region for ailment such as hemorrhoids and anal fissures, and healing after an episiotomy. A sitz bath can also relieve discomfort due to itching, pain or irritation. Sometimes, medication is added to the sitz bath to aid in healing.

A sitz bath is a type of bath in which only the hips and buttocks are immersed in warm water or a special solution. It is used for healing and cleansing purposes. For example a sitz bath may be used after childbirth to cleanse and promote healing of an episiotomy or to relieve pain and promote healing after hemorrhoid surgery.

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