Sitz Bath

A sitz bath is a warm water bath taken in the sitting position that covers only the hips and buttocks. It may be used for either healing or hygiene purposes. Sitz baths are also used to relieve pain, itching, or muscle spasms. The water may contain medicine. Moist heat will help you heal and relax.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Fill the bathtub half full with warm water.

  • Sit in the water and open the drain a little.

  • Turn on the warm water to keep the tub half full. Keep the water running constantly.

  • Soak in the water for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • After the sitz bath, pat the affected area dry first.

  • Take 3 to 4 sitz baths a day.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

You get worse instead of better. Stop the sitz baths if you get worse.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.