A sitz bath can help relieve pain and discomfort from many conditions, such as hemorrhoids, constipation or an anal fissure, according to WebMD. While sitting in an at-home sitz bath, the warm water increases blood flow to the irritated area, helping to provide a quicker healing process.
A sitz bath is also recommended for diarrhea, prostatitis, vaginal infections and for healing after a vaginal birth, explains WebMD. A sitz bath can offer relief for various conditions that cause soreness, burning and inflammation, although additional medical treatment may be needed. The procedure is most often used to treat conditions of the rectal and vaginal areas. Children can also benefit from a sitz bath if they have uncomfortable bowel movements, a skin reaction or an injury to the genital area.
A sitz bath is performed by filling a bathtub, or a store-bought basin that fits over the toilet, with 2 to 3 inches of water, instructs WebMD. The water should be lukewarm and free of any type of soap. The person must sit either in the bathtub or on the basin over the toilet for 10 to 15 minutes, up to three times a day. After the sitz bath, drying off should be accomplished by patting the area dry with a towel or using a hair dryer on a low, cool setting.