sitz bath


: a tub in which one bathes in a sitting posture
also : a bath so taken especially therapeutically

Examples of sitz bath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This postpartum recovery gift box includes birth recovery essentials such as overnight pads, iron-boosting tea, mesh undies, sitz bath sachets, and more. Maya Polton, Parents, 27 Mar. 2024 Here, the thick butcher block countertops act as a fitting repository for an old sitz bath that has been repurposed as the sink. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 22 June 2023 Hydrocortisone creams, suppositories, and sitz baths can reduce swelling, discomfort, and itching. Caroline Chirichella, Health, 6 Mar. 2023 This is most commonly done as part of a facial mask or in a sitz bath. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2022 Treating anal fissures involves reducing the trauma and pressure to your anal area, such as by ensuring stools are softened, soaking in a sitz bath, avoiding straining, and keeping the area lubricated. Elizabeth Millard, Men's Health, 21 Nov. 2022 Hemorrhoids can be pretty responsive to over-the-counter creams, an ice pack, soaking in a sitz bath, or using a suppository with corticosteroid creams to alleviate pain and swelling. Rozalynn S. Frazier, SELF, 10 Mar. 2022 One small study even suggests that bidets may even prompt some muscle relaxation, though most people seeking that sort of comfort might be better off opting for a sitz bath or a long soak in a tub of warm water. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 May 2020

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Word History


partial translation of German Sitzbad, from Sitz act of sitting + Bad bath

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sitz bath was in 1842

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“Sitz bath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

sitz bath

: a tub in which one bathes in a sitting posture
: a bath in which the hips and buttocks are immersed in hot water for the therapeutic effect of moist heat in the perineal and anal regions
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