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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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Had the problem for about six years and it's progressively got worse. It's good to hear I'm not the only one as it's so embarrassing! Currently going through all the tests at the doctor for worms, analysis fissure, and using an anti fungal cream incase that's the cause, but to very little effect. Wondering whether it's to do with the diet. I drink quite a lot of beer so going to try cutting that out and see if it helps. Good luck!





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I know this sounds whacky.....but I dealt with itchy bum for 5 years. Hydro-cortisone was the only thing that brought relief, but I've been using it 2-3 times a week. I've done lots of research and tried many methods. I had tests and even a biopsy of the area :( The other day, it was the weekend, no refill left and I was deeply miserable. I put a clove of garlic up there (a suppository so to speak) and I had almost immediate relief. I've been doing this for 4 days now hoping it won't come back. I've not had anymore itch since. I got my prescription refilled but haven't gone to pick it up. I'm really glad to finally get relief. I just hope this garlic is more of a long term solution (with its anti-fungal properties) then a temporary solution as the cream I've been using. I had to share since I've been researching the topic for 5 years with little answers. Hope this helps someone.Here's my recent post, hope this helps:





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I have had anal itching virtually all of my life!I think I was about 16 when I first noticed it. Im 64 now! Over the years I have tried a few creams and oitments-at the moment anusol plus seems to help alittle. I have been on a wheat free diet for years I am also ttying lactose free now because i get Acid reflux. can someone help me please11





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Hi I have suffered from this myself for last 6 years and have found a fantastic cream called anal care. You can order off Amazon it really sooths your bum and stops itching. Mine got so sore and inflamed and within a week had cleared up. If I can go days or a week or so now without using. I find that with the heating on at home my Anal can get really hot and start to itch I put this on before bed and hey presto good night sleep which I hadnt had for ages. I cannot recommend this product enough and am now in my third tube. The first I used quickly to clear the soreness and heal then once that was done i needed the second almost for security and now just use as and when.

I just posted about this, here's my post - good luck!! I know this sounds whacky.....but I dealt with itchy bum for 5 years. Hydro-cortisone was the only thing that brought relief, but I've been using it 2-3 times a week. I've done lots of research and tried many methods. I had tests and even a biopsy of the area :( The other day, it was the weekend, no refill left and I was deeply miserable. I put a clove of garlic up there (a suppository so to speak) and I had almost immediate relief. I've been doing this for 4 days now hoping it won't come back. I've not had anymore itch since. I got my prescription refilled but haven't gone to pick it up. I'm really glad to finally get relief. I just hope this garlic is more of a long term solution (with its anti-fungal properties) then a temporary solution as the cream I've been using. I had to share since I've been researching the topic for 5 years with little answers. Hope this helps someone.Here's my recent post, hope this helps:

I've been fighting this for 8 yrs! Still haven't seen my GP it's taking over my life. I have good weeks then bad weeks.





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Hi i have had this pfoblem itch anus just inside for a few years now ,my dad also has the same condition who i regularly discuss with. I have been checked out by number of doctors had variouse creams and hemoroides banded and no difference and an endocoptopy and all clear went back and consultant said there is no more we can do and they are sending me now to see a skin expert as i was nearly crying at the thought they was going to leave it . I use anosol cream every time i pass motions its short relief, also use sensative huggys wipes to clean around anus . I try not to itch and ignore it but its hard not to all the time it is argruvating and taking over my life,im 51female on change and underactive thyroide condition please please help so down now hoping skin experts cure it when i get an appointment that is. I do take artificial sweetners in my tea will stop to see if that works too thankyou





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See post above Anal Care was the answer for me after years of suffering sleepless nights unable to sit and walk at timed as I had itched to the point of soreness. I discovered this by a post on here from someone else and it's the best product I have used and now I use when I'm hit down below at night or esp around time of month as I find I get a flare up with body heat but using this just prevents anything.

I have suffered with this condition for 5 years. I have had treatment for worms (just in case), been tested for diabetes, had anal skin biopsies, and been checked for haemorrhoids and an anal fissue but to no avail. None of the prescribed creams made any difference at all. Interestingly, this condition has coincided with me: 1) taking two courses of antibiotics for a urinary tract infection, 2) becoming menopausal, 3) drinking more alcohol, coffee and carbonated water and 4) eating a lot more chocolate and icecream. I moved in with my partner who consumes all of these on a regular basis. I will now take steps to reduce these from my diet to see if it makes a difference. Recently, I have found relief from the intense itching by applying young, fresh, ginger juice to my skin. It burns like hell in the initial phase when the skin is red raw, but it takes away all the itching. I can now sleep throughout the night. Relief! Hope this helps.





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Gold bound powder on a small cause tuck in area it really works try for week area gets better





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Psyllium Husk. search for it and take it in ur diet. You will be wondered. Cheers !





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Thanks to everyone for being so open and honest about their problems and solutions. I have had this problem since a couple of months as well and like everyone nothing has worked for me too. But after reading all ur comments i will definitely give aqueous cream a go. Thanks again!!





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Garlic!!!! is the answer for short term relief but it comes back as soon as I stop. each time it has to be applied newly cut. it is a very annoying condition. I found the garlic remedy bu coincidence. at first it is a bit painful but the pain goes away within couple of minutes and than 4-5 hour relief is guarantied.





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I posted about garlic also. I've been inserting a clove of garlic like a suppository. Wonder if this is different? It's been working for me with no pain.





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