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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Hot bath you sit in : It is a commerciallly prepared tub, it is shaped like a chair, in which one bathes in a sitting position, immersing only hips and bottom. It is used ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience in Preventive Medicine
Epsom salts: Is a magnesium salt and a good way to get it. You are either sensitive to magnesium or sit in the bath too long.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Usitalo
39 years experience in Urology
Hot: A hot bath helps many pelvic symptoms. 20 minutes twice a day is reasonable.
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cesar Sturla
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes: Anal fissures are very sore, but they heal. The most important thing is to assure loose bowels. There are a number of creams and ointments: Numbing cr ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirpal Singh
23 years experience in General Surgery
No: They actually tend to help the problem. If ur allergic or are having more pain or discomfort with use, please discontinue and do just warm water sitz ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
31 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: Sitz baths and warm compresses can allow the boils or abscesses to open and drain. If they do not then you may need to see your physician to have them ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonna Larsh
29 years experience in Family Medicine
No: Fibroids are benign tumors in the uterus. Sitz baths will have no effect on them.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
30 years experience in Gastroenterology
Yes: That is typically what is recommended. You need to squat in the sitz bath to get the painful external hemorrhoids wee-soaked.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not likely: A bath of any kind may be soothing but neither a regular bath or salt bath is likely to solve the problem of a Bartholin cyst. If the cyst is bothers ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Hemorrhoids?: Epsom salts are excellent for this purpose. Sitz bathes can be helpful. Sit in a bathtub with warm water. There needs to be enough water to submer ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Warm water only: Skip the Epsom salts and use simply warm water baths as the magnesium in the Epsom salts can cause vaginal pH changes and problems.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
It wouldn't: That wouldn't cause diarrhea.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Yes, but...: Yes, but it has little value.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Lipton
29 years experience in Holistic Medicine
Epson salts: will not bring on labour, but may slow onset of labour
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: They can be added to a sitz bath. Sitz bathes can be helpful. Sit in a bathtub with warm water. There needs to be enough water to submerge the anal ar ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ratna Dhingra
43 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: also take ibuprofen/tylenol and apply calamine lotion.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
44 years experience in Preventive Medicine
Sorry it didn't help: A nice warm bath is a good idea to help deal with many unpleasant symptoms: ease pain, aid sleep, reduce stress, help a cold (steam)...but I don't thi ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Finke
14 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Epsom salt baths are not harmful to a pregnancy. You do want to make sure that the water you are soaking in isn't too hot, particularly in the first ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Gutman
19 years experience in Internal Medicine
Moderately Effective: Sitz baths (sitting in warm water for about 20 minutes) can help relieve hemorrhoid flare-ups when they occur, but do not do much to correct the under ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: The milling of oats produces a slick graphite like dust that is packaged & sold for it's therapeutic qualities. Oatmeal baths are not made with oatmea ... Read More
A 86-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
18 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Not exact: But if you add about 1/4 cup of salt to 3-4 inches of water in the tub, that should be fine.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hardin
35 years experience in Wound care
Dont do it: It will harm the vital healing tissues.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francine Yep
30 years experience in Family Medicine
1/4 cup: Put warm water into your sitz bath until it's about 1/3 of the way full. Add 1/4 cup of epsom salt. Then add yourself. Hope it helps!
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