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Colorectal Diseases

Fissure leg

09/08/2009

Question:

I am suffering from fissure for the past 3 years. I donot have regular pain but when it pains i feel more comfortable in taking a sitz bath with extremely hot water. Is is right to take a sitz bath in extremely hot water. If not please tell me why it is not advisable and what should i do??

Answer:

Sits baths in warm water are good. Be careful not to burn your skin! If you are able, increase fiber and fluid in your diet, and consider seeing an expert in proctology to verify your diagnosis and explain all of your options for treatment.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati