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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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i have this lines on my analysis sometimes they are itchy and I've tried almost everything thing i don't even enjoy making love to my partner because he wanna do all the deeds and i don't feel comfortable...what can i use to make those lines to disappear





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I started this insane itching on the skin inside the area of the cheeks of my butt. It has an odor kinda fishy like so I am assuming it is bacterial. Do any of you have this I seem to have the order problem too. I have loose stool due to colitis. I take Imodium every day. I am a diabetic with high A1C tests. I have never had this problem before. I use cottenelle wipes and disdosable wash clothes every time I have a bm. Wondering if this started the problem. Do any of you have have a natural treatment that is working for you? Do any of you have a good brand of probiotics that you see some difference in your gut? Thank you for any help. Be well...Nan





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My 23 yr old son has suffered with itchy bottom for over 3 years now? Over the years he has been prescribed steroid creams, hydrocortisone, suppositories and has recently had his piles threaded. He hasn't had much response from the NHS so yesterday we went and paid for a private consultation and unfortunately came out feeling completely at a loss as to what to try next. I have been reading on your forum on his behalf and am interested to know more about the use of garlic as a suppository. 1, do you peel the clove? 2, do you leave it in, if so for how long? and if not, how do you get it out again? He really is desperate so any advise on home treatments or anything at all would be so welcome. Thanks in anticipation





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In response to my previous post regarding anal itching. I was recommended to Anal Care. It doesnt really help- it releives itching temporarily, but as soon as I am open the itching starts all over again.Just to recap, I am 64 years old and have had itching for as many years as i can remember.





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Hi am 29 and I've had a Burning sensation around my anus and genital area and the heat from this area is cause me to sweat and have an itchy anus also I have suffered with constipation and bloatedness I also have been eating more than usual in which I've gained weight can you help me I was diagnosed with Type II herpes which just comes and goes I'm not suffering with herpes at the moment just what I've explained???





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I haven't been very well lately and also been very down too have a problem down by bottom too and had a few spots of blood.





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hi. ive had anal itch for 4 years now and I have to go to the shower at night from my bed to get relief in the form of squatting down and using the shower head at full throttle to relieve it. this can hurt sometimes. and I always have to keep moving the shower head back and forth. eventually it does calm down the itching. but if I do it before I go to bed, I still have to get up an hour later to do it again. so to bed early could help.this activity can make one go to the toilet but brings good relief. im used to doing it now but its not good for the sleep.im diabetic which doesn't help matters. all those carbs. good for the bacteria.but I have to soldier on. I will try some of the suggestions in this forum. but im a little worried about the garlic in the anus effort. id hope it doesn't sting as iwouldnt be able to get it out.i have thrush near the anus from all the scratching. these days its not too bad but its still there. I think its all down to the food I eat. most definitely. my doctor never mentions anything about food. of course water intake is vital for passing stools etc.plenty of it. as much as you can hold...that's it for now .cheers kevin......





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I'm 24 and just last week my anus started to itch never had anything like it before didn't think nothing of it then it got worse now it's bin 2 weeks itching still there also very saw anyone no wat it could be





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Cured! Fibers from my cotton underwear caused my anal itching for 10 years. I finally realized this and switched to a polyester/spandex blend and it stopped after 1 day! Hope this helps others.





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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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