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Sitz Bath Definition
A small basin designed to accommodate the perineal and rectal areas, with the water level only to the hips. Numerous commercial products are available for ease of use at home. Placing a shallow amount of water in the regular bathtub accomplishes the same objective, which is to soothe irritated tissues caused by, for example, EPISIOTOMY incision, ANAL FISSURE, and HEMORRHOIDS. The water may contain medications or herbs for additional therapeutic effect.
See also MEDICINAL HERBS AND BOTANICALS.