What is Sitz Bath?

Category: Lifestyle Modifications


A sitz bath is a bath in which a person sits in water up to the hips. It is used to relieve discomfort and pain typically due to hemorrhoids or anal fissures. Sitz baths may be filled with just water, or substances such as salt, baking soda or vinegar can be added.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anal fistula 1 1
Anal itching (anusitis) 1 1
Anal pain 1 1
Hemorrhoid discomfort 1 1
Post operative drainage 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sitz Bath

Side effect Patients


Based on patients currently using Sitz Bath

Dosage Patients
1 other daily 1
15minutes as needed 1


Currently using Sitz Bath

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 0
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 0
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Sitz Bath.