Homemade Sitz Bath

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Homemade Sitz Bath
A sitz bath is used for a variety of reasons. (bathtub fixures image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com)

A sitz bath uses warm water for the purpose of healing or cleansing. The baths are commonly used to alleviate pain symptoms, symptoms associated with haemorrhoids and other medical conditions, and after surgical procedures such as an episiotomy. To perform a sitz bath, sit in enough warm water to cover only the affected area. Bathing while carrying out a sitz bath is unadvised, as indicated by Heartland Docs. Cleaning yourself during a sitz bath can cause contamination, thereby introducing bacteria into the affected area.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Kosher or epsom salt
  • Water
  • Bathtub
  • Table vinegar
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Towel
  • Colloidal oatmeal
  • Blow dryer

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    Ensure that your bathtub is cleaned before your sitz bath. Use cleaning wipes to sterilise your bathtub. Fill your bathtub to cover your hips and buttocks. Water should be warm, but not too hot to tolerate.

    Homemade Sitz Bath
    Use only enough water in your sitz bath to cover the area below your hips. (bathroom image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)
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    Add salt to the water until the water tastes salty. You can use kosher salt or epsom salt for your bath. Epsom salt may offer more relief for pain symptoms.

    Homemade Sitz Bath
    Use kosher or Epsom salt in your bath. (salt image by Andrey Rakhmatullin from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Use colloidal oatmeal if you suffer from itching, as noted by Vantage Oncology. The oatmeal reduces your need to scratch by soothing your discomfort.

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    Sit in the bath with your knees bent. If possible, stretch your legs out to the side of your bathtub. Soak in the tub for up to 20 minutes, four times a day.

    Homemade Sitz Bath
    Soak only the affected area. (interior image by Kirubeshwaran from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • Adding 1/2 cup of vinegar to your sitz bath can help if you have a vaginal infection, according to Heartland Docs.
  • Always dry the affected area after your bath.
  • Either pat the area dry with a towel or use a blow dryer.
  • Ask your physician if using witch hazel oil in your sitz bath is acceptable. Witch hazel can help temporarily shrink and alleviate pain symptoms associated with haemorrhoids.
  • Don't add soap or bubble bath to your sitz. This can irritate the affected area.

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