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Where can you find instructions for a sitz bath?

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Instructions for a sitz bath can be found on the Healthline website in an article in the reference library written by Debra Stang and medically reviewed by George Krucik, MD. Instructions for using a regular bathtub or a special sitz bath kit are included.

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A sitz bath is a warm shallow bath that covers the perineum (the space between the rectum and the vulva or scrotum). The word sitz comes from the German word “sitzen,” which means “to sit." One sits in the bath to help relieve irritation from conditions such as anal fissures, constipation, diarrhea, hemorrhoids and vaginal infections. Some people take sitz baths regularly to cleanse the genital and rectal area. Doctors often recommend sitz baths to manage pain following childbirth, the surgical removal of hemorrhoids or surgery involving the vulva or vagina.

Warm water is all that is needed for a sitz bath though table salt, vinegar or baking soda can be added. These ingredients create a soothing solution. The water temperature should be lukewarm and comfortable to the touch. Some people find sitz bath kits more convenient than using a bathtub, especially if they need to take a bath frequently. These kits include a basin that fits over a toilet. Sitz bath kits are available at most pharmacies and big box stores.

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