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Just got a epidural shot 10 hours ago in my back for disk. thought i heard not to take a bath for 24hrs. is that true, and why?

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Dr. Martin Tamler
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
Epidural: Soaking the puncture site under water while in a bath tub could provide an entrance for bacteria / infection if the puncture site is not fully sealed.
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 14 years experience
To decrease : Risk of infection. The needle puncture wound doesn't close immediately and could theoretically be a passageway for water or skin bacteria to your epidural space. Infection in the epidural space is difficult to treat and can be lethal.

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