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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 itchy bottom for last six months now white scaly patches appeared on the affected itchy area Night the itch is high than day,I apply keto ointment on the skin for relief.what could be the cause and treatment.





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My son is 9 and autistic. He has been complaining about itchy bum for last 3 weeks but it only seems to flare up at night. Vasline helps. Is there any think else I can try . He really hates doctors and hospitals and shuts down when you enter them. Any help would really be appreciated. Thanks





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Hi I am a 49 year old female had a total hysterectomy 9 weeks ago, I went onto Livial HRT a week after the operation. On the 6th week I have started to suffer from an itchy bottom and have stopped the HRT on advice from the medics, however I still have the itch I have tried anusol and 1% hydrocosone what else can I do about the itch other than taking anti histamine tablets?





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Okay, I finally have relief! Things have cleared up after righting this. I have been faithfully using oil of oregano mixed with olive oil as directed. Also went in sun bed which Also seemed to be a help. Thanks Sarah for you reply. I have used organic coconut oil as well in the past and didn't really help.





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I am 19 Every time I go the toilet number 2 I bleed and I have an itch all the time it is painful sometimes and it looks like the picture above I this over a year maybe 2 I am uncomfortable going to a doctor about this nervous even I would like to no if I should go or if there was anything I could do for it myself thanks





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Hi this is probably an anal fissure or a tear in the anus, it can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. As it has been so long I'd say go to the doctor they won't judge you and they have seen everything before. Stay clean and dry down there

Hello. I became severely constipated during my pregnancy and used to spend hours on the loo trying to go. After having my son the constipation eased but I was in agony and loosing blood every time I pooped, I was too embarrassed to see a Doctor but the pain became unbearable and I had no choice in the end. The Doctor checked me out and I had two fissures! They were extremely painful. He gave me cream for it and they healed within a few weeks. The cream I was prescribed gave me migraines but it worked! Always check with a Doctor because these things do NOT get better on their own!!

i had itchy bum for 7 years!!! tried every cream going with no success!!! tried timodine cream for my 2 year old sons sore bum... & guess what it cured me straight away... give it a go it's worth a try!!!





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Similar to many others above, I occasionally have have an itchy anus but more often than not it is a sore anus. In both cases it is just at the entry point. It seems to come and go but never goes completely. Over a 32 month period I have seen my local GP, been checked out at the Hospital had 2 Sigmoidoscopy examinations, both giving an all clear, and even went private for a 2nd opinion. I believe my problem started just after I finished a course of fairly strong anti-biotics and believe this may have affected the bacterial balance.





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Same here, although I find the doctors won't listen when blaming antibiotics though this happened directly Ayer using them. gut flora imbalance causes it.which then causes loose stools and bile with burns the anus and makes it itch causing clear burning liquid doctors have said they can't do or know what to do.

Hi I'm a 40 year old male and for a year now my bum hole has been itchy as hell. It's mostly at bedtime but sometimes during the day. Over itching does get sore but can also feel semi orgasmic? Have tried lanacane which does relieve but it says to use sporadically. Stools lately have been pretty loose, and over wiping (caused by the urge to itch) gets very sore and sometimes bleeds.





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Semi-orgasmic???? I would leave it as it is!

Try using a wet wipe to wipe after the dry paper can irritate and make it worse

I am 35 years old, male, I have one small spot right next to the Bret of my anus that is so itchy it drives me insane, I have tried so many steroid based creams but nothing stops the itch my god I just want to scratch the skin away all together I have been to specialists but they see nothing I have not been to a dermatologist as yet please help it consumes my life,





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OIL OF OREGANO applied near it would knock it right out, It would have to be an extremely small amount diluted with another oil (extremely powerfull) and used as directed(Is used for cold sores)A teeny bit is a must nearby;- See TELIAMED on Amazon and recommend follow instructions accurately because of location of small spot so close to anus.

try timodine cream

when i clean my bottom after being to the bathroom i have to go back to clean my self three or four time because it feels i have not cleaned myself properly and there is some blood i have not long been checked by the hospital everything was ok but this has been going on for years i am 54 years old.





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