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Sitz Bath

A shallow and warm bath that relieve pain or itching in the genital or anal region is called a sitz bath. The indications for a sitz bath are recent vagina or vulva surgery, childbirth, hemorrhoids, constipation, and after hemorrhoids surgery.

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I have problems urinating after sex or ejaculation. Can it be prostate enlargement or UTI?

Query: Hello doctor, I was recently diagnosed with a heart rhythm issue and atrial fibrillation and am scheduled to have a catheter ablation in a little over two weeks. I am currently taking tablet Multaq 400 mg, one in the morning and one in the evening, tablet Diltiazem 240 mg in the morning, tablet Eliq...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. From your history, I suppose it is prostate enlargement, and symptoms get more pronounced when you ejaculate as this sex gland enlarges further, causing urinary retention. I suggest you get ultrasound KUB (kidney, ur...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for a recurrent pus-draining pimple on the inner part of the hip?

Query: Hi doctor, A few months back, I developed a sort of pimple on the inner part of the hip, which later drained and got healed. But later it again opened up with draining pus. And for the last few weeks, it has not healed automatically. I have started taking Augmentin Duo 625 for the last three days, b...  Read Full »

Dr. Theadore A. Hufford

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have an abscess cavity that needs to be drained more widely and opened more. If it is not opened widely, then the skin will continue to close before the infection is gone, which will continue the cycle. You can try Sitz baths while it is openly draining now a...  Read Full »

I have extreme pain with a bulb like protrusion from anus. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am male, 51 years old. I have diabetes (type 2), high blood pressure, medicines are controlling it all. Have two herniated discs, neck and back. The problem is anal issues for the last few weeks. Extreme pain. Worst in life. It feels like a hot knife slicing me down there. Sometimes...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It appears you have a fissure. The first thing is your stool should be soft. For that, you should eat high fiber diet like fruits, apple, banana, oranges, green leafy vegetables like spinach, raw cucumber. Avoid smoking, refined food, fatty, and oily food. You shoul...  Read Full »

Why do I have two red spots at the site of pilonidal surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, Before a year, I did a pilonidal surgery with a cleft lift procedure. Before a week, I got a slight pain in the same region in my lower back and it was a pimple. It was just a small one filled with pus. I used some home remedies by making a paste with baking soda, aloe vera, turmeric, an...  Read Full »

Dr. Lalit Kumar Bansal

Answer: Hi,Welcome to have undergone surgery for pilonidal sinus before a year. Now you have some pimples on the same site. It can occur due to infection. Maintain local hygiene. Shave your hair present in that area. I suggest you take some medicines to have some relief.   Read Full »

Why do I have vaginal tears after sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I had rough sex recently and it caused a tear in my vagina. When I use a mirror to examine myself I can see some of the cuts. It is near the entrance of my vaginal canal but not inside, positioned more towards my perineum. It has been healing for two days now and still really hurts. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Eeshani Dutta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Small superficial tears generally heal fast. Continue taking sitz bath with Betadine drops, Ibuprofen for pain but instead of petroleum jelly, apply some antiseptic ointment. Petroleum jelly prevents raw ends to meet. Medical support is required, only if you develop pus...  Read Full »

What is the reason for itching and drops of blood in the anal area?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22 year old male. A day or two ago after a bowel movement, I felt an itch in the anal area. I tried to get at it with a tissue but, it got worse and I could see small pellets of blood on the wipe. I am not on any medications.  Read Full »

Dr. Chandra Prakash Tanwar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Blood streaks on the wipe after an episode of itching could be due to an anal fissure. Bleeding per rectum in an otherwise healthy young male could be due to hemorrhoids or anal fissure. A fissure is a tear in the anal canal due to constipation or repeated friction. It...  Read Full »

I suffer from persistent anal fissures. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Three years ago, I experienced a fissure, prompting a doctor's visit due to the appearance of a skin tag and bleeding from the anus. Although the bleeding subsided with ointment, sitz baths, and medication, the fissure recurrently reappears, particularly after consuming constipation-in...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We feel glad that you reached out to us. I suggest to remain calm and refrain from opting for surgery at this time. It is important not to depend solely on medication. I suggest you establish a routine that includes early morning walks, regular yoga, and pranayama. Mak...  Read Full »

Can excess salt in sitz bath raise blood pressure?

Query: Hello doctor, I have high blood pressure, and I used to take Telma 20 mg once daily for the last two years. Besides that, I am also following and taking only right diet for my high blood pressure. But, now for about seven to eight days my BP suddenly raised up to 150/100 mmHg, though I changed takin...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Is there an open wound, which is absorbing salt? Using salt in a sitz bath should not cause a rise in BP. In fact, it may be a response to the pain that you must be having. Even if it is causing high BP, then it would resolve after you discontinue sitz bath and it i...  Read Full »

I have a muscular growth right out of my anus. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, What can be the muscular thing right out of my anus? I had a normal delivery a month ago, and it is almost healed. When I pass stools, I feel pain in that place with bleeding. While passing stools, the muscular thing gets torn, and blood comes out. This started a day before yesterday ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is anal hemorrhoids (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and it is very painful. You may be suffering from constipation, or you must have been eating very spicy food. The treatment is sitz bath, and it means you have to sit in a tub full of warm water...  Read Full »

I have a painful swelling near my anus. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,For the last two days, I have been experiencing significant pain in my anus, accompanied by noticeable swelling. The discomfort is pronounced when I sit or stand up. I am seeking advice on potential medications or treatments you may recommend for my condition.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Based on your symptoms, it seems you may be experiencing hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the rectum or anus that can lead to pain, itching, and discomfort during bowel movements. Here are some over-the-counter medications tha...  Read Full »

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