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Itchy Bottom

Itchy Bottom

Itchy bottom is normally a symptom rather than a condition, and is characterised by a persistent strong urge to scratch the skin around the anus. Many cases of itchy bottom are a result of a bacterial infection, a skin condition like eczema or haemorrhoids but sometimes the cause is never identified. The exact numbers of those who experience itchy bottom are not known but it has been found to affect four times as many men than women. Also, while it can affect any age group, people aged 40-60 are more likely to experience the condition.

Causes of itchy bottom include a number of infections including certain STIs, thrush and threadworms. Itchy bottom can be a sign of problems with the digestive tract such as chronic diarrhoea or constipation, anal fistulas (a small tract between the anus and skin surface) and anal fissures (a tear or ulcer). In very rare cases itchy bottom can be a sign of gastrointestinal cancer but it is important to note that the vast majority of cases of itchy bottom are not caused by cancer and you should only consult your doctor about this possibility if symptoms also include significant weight loss and changes in toilet habits. In addition, itchy bottom can be the side effect of certain medications and could also be the result of a skin condition like psoriasis.

Even if the underlying cause is not identified, there are simple self-care steps that can be initiated to help stop the itch. These include keeping the bottom clean and dry and avoiding foods such as: *tomatoes *spicy food *citrus fruits *nuts *chocolate *dairy *coffee
It can also help to make your diet rich in fibre to stop further irritation to the anus by loose stools. Medication can also help in the form of over the counter ointments and creams to sooth the itching and reduce inflammation. Excessive washing can actually increase irritation even though this may be the sufferers natural response as it can remove the skin’s natural oils.

Most itching will not require medical care but it is important to seek help from a doctor is the itching is severe or lasts for longer than a few weeks, if there is bleeding or discharge from the rectum and if there does not seem to be an obvious cause.

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After trying various over-the-counter creams from the Chemist with no result, I went to my doctor who prescribed a cream called Ultraproct. This was a life-changing moment! Fantastic stuff. You can only use it for a limited time but for me, that was enough to cure the problem. If I get the odd day when I feel the itch returning, one application of the cream is usually enough to stop it again.





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Ive been suffering with an itchy bottom for months. Its that bad I cause it to bleed. Its also embarrassing as the feeling will just come on and I have to try and escape, I also get a leaking feeling. I have plucked up courage to make a doctors appointment and forcing myself to go.





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I've have a problem down below my bottom and it's really sore and painfull as well but i might have the Menopause





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hi , not sure if its ok to name products but ive found an amazing cream called analcare which when applied daily stopped my itch all together, just google it for many stockist , hope it manages to help at least one person as i know what a nightmare this can be





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I have had an itchy anus for over 15 years, been to several doctors and only ever got told to wash it three times daily. This never worked for me, i have tried every cream and changed foods from my diet but still have the itch every day. This itch bleeds every day and has become part of everyday life for me. what can i do????





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I also have suffered for 15 years. Try anti his tablets such as piriton or anthisan cream. It always gets rid of the itch temporarily (12 hours) so if you struggle sleeping with this condition this may help. I too have seen countless gp's regarding my condition but nothing has been identified as the cause to date which is incredibly frustrating.

I have been having bottom troubles for about 5 months now, it started as constipation which I am prone to then what my specialist says was a fissure, also which I have had before but not like this, I am at my whit's end. I have had most of the potions and lotions but nothing seems to work, I had a heart attack in October and was stented and I take all the regular hear drugs and am nervous about taking anything that I do not get the go ahead from m doctor to take, I am under a specialist at the moment for my bottom troubles and he's given me Diltiazem hydrochloride cream 2%, and also instillagell to use to numb the area. Still nothing seems to be working. I have seen my regular gp again after noticing split skin on my foreskin he said it was thrush and gave me the canestan cream with hc, now after reading I am wondering if my bottom problem could also be related to the thrush problem? the next step my specialist wants to do is the botox if the cream does not work but I am very anxious because I believe it can be very painful, the only other option is the lateral sphyncterotomy which they sad they don't want to do because i would need a general anestetic and there unwilling to take that risk at the moment because of my heart cause I could have a heart attack or a stroke? again not really alleviating the problem or my anxiety, please any help would be appreciated. I should also mention the specialist hasn't even had a look yet, when I se him next I am going to ask for the camera also which hasn't been don yet.





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I have exactly the same symptoms and have just had my GP have a look it was piles which I have now had banded. I tried everything from creams to suppositories but I swear by increasing your fibre intake. I have all bran, drink lots of fluids, avoid coffee and you try creams and ointments such as germoloids etc but as I also had the itch at night and slept on the sofa. I put distilled witch hazel on a pad and slept like a baby. It isn't a fix but it soothed the itch. Good luck I strongly recommend you visit your GP they know what they are doing, try not to be embarrassed they are there to help x

I have had an itchy bottom since I had my daughter 3 years ago. I was put on iron tablets in the last few weeks of pregnancy which made me constipated. Since having my daughter I haven't been going to the toilet (number 2) as often as I should. I empty my bowels once a week if I'm lucky. I think this is the cause for my itchy bottom but I'm not completely sure. I've noticed that I itch more at night time which is really horrible as I am too embarrassed to tell my partner, therefore I spend most of my nights downstairs on the sofa. Please can someone recommend something for me to stop this as its ruining my life.





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I have been suffering from itchy bottom for the last few months now & its unbearable. It intailly started 2 years ago & I tried everything I could possibly think of but nothing worked. I vistied my doctor and she gave me a cream & the itchyness vanished. I think i will need to go back & get the cream as I have run out. Will this itchyness ever go away or is this a life long illness?





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Hi, I'm a 23 year old male and have had an unbearably itchy anus for some time now, maybe 6-8 months. Itching increases drastically In the mornings and often wakes me up. It hurts to pass stools and often notice slight blood when I wipe. I notice a white discharge on the inside of my boxers in small patches. I do suffer from psoriasis on my scalp, and scrotum, could this be any cause? I had had yeast infections on my penis in the past but that's cleared. I'm too embarrassed to go to my doctor, I wish I had the confidence. Is there any advice out there, and possibly some creams anybody can recommend? Thanks.





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ANUSOL CREAM ,get it from your chemist,works a treat..

I certainly hope this helps. Your comments have certainly helped me. At least I am not the only one. LOL My name is Dale, but I am a woman. I am pushing 80. A year ago last March I thought I was coming down with a yeast infection. In the past this had always appeared in my vagina, but this time it started with itching in the anal area extending to the vagina. I thought I could handle it myself with OTC creams for yeast infections. The itching was like nothing I had ever experienced before. My son had to take me to the ER because it was the weekend and I didn't think I could see my regular doctor. The ER Doc diagnosed me with "Jock Itch." He prescribed two pills (sorry, I forget what they were) and a tube of Naftin. I got well. Should end here, right?! A year later, March 2014, the darn stuff comes back. Insane itching - for one day. Of course I am on top of it with creams and powders for jock itch. I think it is in my system and I will have to accept it as chronic. Push for a correct diagnosis. These past couple of months I, too, have been through it with the doctors and the nurses. They insist that I have a yeast infection in my vagina and have prescribed medicine for that condition. I guess they figure I am an old woman and have forgotten which hole is which...LOL





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