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I have an inflamed anus due to prostatitis. I been told to take a sitz bath. I now have jacuzzi that I sat in for 15 minutes. How hot can the water be? Is 101 too hot?

I have an inflamed anus due to prostatitis. I been told to take a sitz bath. I now have jacuzzi that I sat in for 15 minutes. How hot can the water be? Is 101 too hot?

It's fine: Hot baths are a good idea for this problem. 101° is not typically too hot and permissible. Most people seem to shoot for baths around 102° to 104°. Anything beyond this becomes pretty uncomfortable. Let comfort direct what you do. ...Read more

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Prostatitis (Definition)

The swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, located beneath the bladder in men. Prostatitis usually results in painful and difficult urination, and there may be flu-like symptoms present. There are many causes of prostatitis, one of ...Read more


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I m unmarried&having chronic prostatitis. How often do I've to take warm sitz bath? As I read warm sitz bath are harmful for testis & sperm production

I m unmarried&having chronic prostatitis. How often do I've to take warm sitz bath? As I read warm sitz bath are harmful for testis & sperm production

Prostatitis: You can take these baths several times a day. It will not permanently affect your sperm production, and this will recover entirely once your prostatitis is resolved and you are not subjecting your testes to heat. ...Read more

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Could not taking a bath for a long time have given me prostatitis or some other infection?

Could not taking a bath for a long time have given me prostatitis or some other infection?

Possibly.: Prostatitis, probably not; but other infections are certainly possible. If you are having symptoms that you think might indicate an infection, you should see your doctor. Meanwhile, regular hygiene is important. ...Read more

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What exactly is a sitz bath?

What exactly is a sitz bath?

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 to relieve discomfort and pain due to lower part of body like
hemorroids, anal fissures, rectal surgery, bladder prostate, vagina, uterine cramps, episiotomy and inflammatory bowel disease
you can improvise it with filling the bath tub and sitting in it. ...Read more

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When I take an epsom salts sitz bath I get diarrjea?

When I take an epsom salts sitz bath I get diarrjea?

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. ...Read more

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Dr which sitz bath is good for testicals pain hot or cold bath?

Dr which sitz bath is good for testicals pain hot or cold bath?

Hot: A hot bath helps many pelvic symptoms. 20 minutes twice a day is reasonable. ...Read more

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I got fissure and I do sitz bath, along this what type of creame or something is useful to apply. Thank you?

I got fissure and I do sitz bath, along this what type of creame or something is useful to apply. Thank you?

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 cream, if pain interferes with normal bowel movements (Xylocine based)
Petroleum jelly
Zinc oxide, 1% hydrocortisone cream, Preparation H, and other products
Rectiv (very expensive). ...Read more

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Is sitz bath help shrink fibroids?

No: Fibroids are benign tumors in the uterus. Sitz baths will have no effect on them. ...Read more

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What is better for a sitz bath salt or epsom salts?

What is better for a sitz bath salt or epsom salts?

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 submerge the anal area. Soak for about 15 minutes – several times a day. An alternative is placing ¼ cup of witch hazel ; warm water in a basin. Soak for at least 15 minutes, at least twice a day. ...Read more

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Saw proctolgist 10 days ago he diagonosed w constaoation n internal hens. They r not bleeding n am eating softners n benefiber w sitz bath n proctosol?

Saw proctolgist 10 days ago he diagonosed w constaoation n internal hens. They r not bleeding n am eating softners n benefiber w sitz bath n proctosol?

Fiber is ok but: Your problem may not be not enough fiber but is much more likely inadequate fluid or excessive caffeine intake, which is a diuretic and will dehydrate you and contribute to constipation. You don't need benefiber if you are eating a diet with adequate fiber. In fact excess fiber and inadequate fluids can make the problem worse! Do a self assessment on above. ...Read more

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Can I use epsom salts for hemorrhoids in a sitz bath?

Can I use epsom salts for hemorrhoids in a sitz bath?

Yes: That is typically what is recommended. You need to squat in the sitz bath to get the painful external hemorrhoids wee-soaked. ...Read more

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When using a 2 quart sitz bath for a fistulla how much epsom salt do u use?

When using a 2 quart sitz bath for a fistulla how much epsom salt do u use?

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! ...Read more

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Can a sitz bath cure a urethral caruncle or redness at opening of the urethra?

Can a sitz bath cure a urethral caruncle or redness at opening of the urethra?

Caruncle: No, but it may ease any associated discomfort temporarily. ...Read more

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External hemorrhoides...what (no-prescription) treatments should I use? Sitz bath and ice once per day were not usefu

External hemorrhoides...what (no-prescription) treatments should I use? Sitz bath and ice once per day were not usefu

Treatment: There are many options to treat. Sitz baths are generally very good, but should be done 2-3 times per day. Pain control can be done with NSAIDs or topical anagesics. Tucks (witch hazel) pads will help with pain and itchiness. You can also try a steroid cream, but not for more than 5-7 days. Final option can be surgical removal if all else fails. ...Read more

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After I used to warm sitz bath I feel dizzy and headache. Why I feel this? Is this bad? What should I do to not feel it again?

After I used to warm sitz bath I feel dizzy and headache. Why I feel this? Is this bad? What should I do to not feel it again?

The warm water may: Be lowering your blood pressure too much. Please see your doc who can check your blood pressure and advise you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Told I have an anal fissure. Told to do sitz bath. Am I supposed to use epsom salts? I did earlier, now my rectum feels like it's turning inside out.

Comfort: Usually I do not recommend epsom salts. Just comfortably warm water is usually sufficient. Ask your own surgeon for instructions. ...Read more

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My vagina is too acidic and causing burning and discomfort. What can I do to make it more basic and regulate the ph? Sitz bath not doing much. Douche?

My vagina is too acidic and causing burning and discomfort. What can I do to make it more basic and regulate the ph? Sitz bath not doing much. Douche?

Can try Nuvaring: The first step is to see an Obgyn who can evaluate you for infections. They can do pH testing if needed. The vagina self regulates so persistent acidic pH is not typical. Other causes of vaginal burning such as vulvovestibulitis can be investigated. Consider trying Nuvaring as it balances the pH between 3.5-5.5. ...Read more

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Why are warm sitz bath and warm compresses helpful in healing vaginal boils?

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 opened up and drained. ...Read more

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Can adding iodized salt to a sitz bath help a chronic anal fissure heal that also has a sentinel pile?

Can adding iodized salt to a sitz bath help a chronic anal fissure heal that also has a sentinel pile?

Yes: Adding salt to the bath will help to draw out the swelling in the area which will improve the pain. It will not speed up healing process but it may make you more comfortable for longer period of time. ...Read more

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Bleeding at 6 o clock in the anal. Don't know the cause of bleeding. Doctor asked me to have a sitz bath with betadine and apply anovate cream?

Bleeding at 6 o clock in the anal. Don't know the cause of bleeding. Doctor asked me to have a sitz bath with betadine and apply anovate cream?

Rectal bleeding: Could be anal fissure, hemorrhoids. But if persisting and no lesions identified, you might need a colonoscopy to look for other causes. Follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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I had fistulotomy yesterday due to anal fistula. I used to warm sitz bath 3xday. But I have recurrent varicocele. How to prevent worsening?

I had fistulotomy yesterday due to anal fistula. I used to warm sitz bath 3xday. But I have recurrent varicocele. How to prevent worsening?

One at a time: You do not worry bout your varicocele while you are recovering from fistilotomy
the sitz bath are important eventually after you heal completely you can start worrying about your varicocele.
concentrate on getting better. ...Read more

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I have a large hemmoroid. Not sure if thrombosed. I have tried ice, sitz bath, prep h. No relief at all. Cant sleep. Its the size of a grape. Hurt bad?

I have a large hemmoroid. Not sure if thrombosed. I have tried ice, sitz bath, prep h. No relief at all. Cant sleep. Its the size of a grape. Hurt bad?

See your doctor or: Other health professional. If it is painful and enlarged, it well may be thrombosed or even infected. This should not be self-treated. Go to your health care provider or to an urgent care center if you can't get a timely appointment. Continue what you are doing until you are seen - ice, sitz baths and ointments can help soothe it some, but it may need more definitive treatment. ...Read more

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Do cold sitz bath affect testes my right testis pains. Ultrasound showed microcalcification whereas I m taking antiobiotic please help me...

Do cold sitz bath affect testes my right testis pains. Ultrasound showed microcalcification whereas I m taking antiobiotic please help me...

Brrrrr: The scrotal dartos muscle contracts in response to cold, pushing the testes closer to the warm body. Testis microcalcifications are likely not significant. We used to make a bigger deal of them, but research has shown this was probably overblown. You'll feel better when you get out of the cold water. ...Read more

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I just gave birth 2wks ago and have a hemerrhoid. Doing the sitz bath and hydrocortisone but what else can I do to help alleviate it? Just wait?

I just gave birth 2wks ago and have a hemerrhoid. Doing the sitz bath and hydrocortisone but what else can I do to help alleviate it? Just wait?

If no pain also high: As long as you do not have pain and your bowel movements are regular and soft and you stay on a high fiber diet you can waiti. ...Read more

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I've heard that taking regular sitz baths will reduce Bartholin's cysts. Is this true?

I've heard that taking regular sitz baths will reduce Bartholin's cysts. Is this true?

Yes: "hot" or warm baths will improve almost any inflammatoy problem as the heat will dilate you blood vessels and proide increased blood supply which is one of the most needed "body action" in the healing process. Dr. J. ...Read more

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What is sitz baths?

Sitz Bath: A sitz bath is a basin that one can soak the perineum in if they have pain from hemorrhoids, surgery, childbirth or other injuries. It is usually filled with warm water and may have additional ingredients like epsom salt. Alternatively, one can soak in a bath tub with enough water to cover the perineal area. It is soothing and can help with inflammation. ...Read more

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Besides med and sitz baths, what else can I do try and help speed up the healing on anal fissure?

Besides med and sitz baths, what else can I do try and help speed up the healing on anal fissure?

Anal Fissure: Conservative treatment consists of a high-fiber diet, adequate fluid intake, sitz baths, and topical analgesia. Stool softeners can be useful to make defecation less uncomfortable. New tx is to add: Nitroglycerin intra-anal: (0.2 to 0.4%) apply small amount to the affected area (s) twice daily for 6 weeks or order Diltiazem topical by compound pharmacy. ...Read more

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I have an non healing vaginal wound 6 months after Bartholin's cyst marsupialization. Can sitz baths help me?

I have an non healing vaginal wound 6 months after Bartholin's cyst marsupialization. Can sitz baths help me?

Possible: You should have healed in about 7 to 10 days. If there is a wound that has not healed, you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Had piles for 3 weeks. Used various creams suppositories sitz baths n changed diet. Shrunk but not gone. Still abit painful, what now?

Had piles for 3 weeks. Used various creams suppositories sitz baths n changed diet. Shrunk but not gone. Still abit painful, what now?

Wait will get better: Take plenty of fluids, high fiber diet, stool softeners, and local care you will get better soon, make sure they are only hemorrhoids (piles) by checking with your doctor. ...Read more

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I've had what I think is hemorrhoids for over 2 years and have tried gels and sitz baths as well as avoiding the itching when I can. What should I do?

I've had what I think is hemorrhoids for over 2 years and have tried gels and sitz baths as well as avoiding the itching when I can. What should I do?

See a general surgeo: I recommend seeing a general surgeon to determine which type of hemorrhoids you have. (Internal or external). Rubber band ligation maybe your best option. ...Read more

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For 2+ weeks treating extn'l hemorrhoids with hydroctisone, sitz baths, & witch hazel, beside surgery what else can be done to reduce (not painful)?

For 2+ weeks treating extn'l hemorrhoids with hydroctisone, sitz baths, & witch hazel, beside surgery what else can be done to reduce (not painful)?

More time: Hemorrhoid symptoms range from mild discomfort to burning, itching, bleeding, pressure, mass or lump in the perianal area. Symptoms managed with shower, hairdryer to area, creams, antifungals, and Lidocaine gels applied locally. More severe pain, bleeding may be a fissure. A bowel regimen, laxatives, fiber, increased dietary liquids, probiotics to achieve 2 soft stools daily. Then time. ...Read more

Sitz Bath (Definition)

Sitz baths are warm water baths to help soothe ...Read more