Many doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic prostatitis often let patients in the premise of conventional treatment, appropriate hot water sitz bath, or even without any special treatment and hot water sitz bath as the only method of treatment.
The principle of hot water sitz bath is very simple, which can increase the local temperature of patients, relax muscles, dilate blood vessels, accelerate blood circulation, promote the dissipation and absorption of local inflammatory exudates, and make patients feel warm and comfortable, alleviate clinical sign and symptom.
Hot water sitz bath does not need special equipment, patients can carry out in their own homes, simple and convenient, is an effective auxiliary measure for the treatment of chronic prostatitis. Generally, the water temperature is required to be 40-42 ℃, and the time of each sitz bath is 15-30 minutes. Hot water can be added to maintain the temperature of the water. The sitz bath is 1-2 times a day until the prostatitis is cured.
However, hot water sitz bath may have adverse effects on the testicles of patients, which should be prohibited for unmarried and childless young men, because long-term hot water sitz bath will increase the temperature of testicles, thus hindering the spermatogenic function of testicles, and in serious cases, it will also cause changes in other functions and structures of testicles. In addition, this acquired testicular injury may lead to a decrease in testosterone secretion, which may lead to the early appearance of partial androgen deficiency syndrome in middle-aged and elderly men, so hot water sitz bath should also be paid attention to in general patients with chronic prostatitis.