WARNING: The Embarrassing Bodies website contains images of an explicit medical nature and nudity in a medical context.

Embarrassing Fat Bodies, 12:30am Monday 27th October 2014 on More 4. Catch up for free on 4oD »

Conditions

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.

Comments and Questions

The EB doctors have been looking at your comments and have answered some of the common questions below. Remember that it is always best to check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.

You can share your experiences and thoughts with other Embarrassing Bodies site-users below. Comments & Questions are reviewed by moderators, but if you see anything on the site that worries you, please report it and one of our moderators will look at it as soon as possible.
Please note: Unfortunately Channel 4 cannot respond to individual inquiries. If you have any concerns, you can check out NHS Choices, but ultimately it is always best to check with a health professional.

I am 14, is this there a way to fix it





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I am a 25 year old female and have had this for about 3 years now, it has gradually gotten worse and the suggestions from the doctors have not helped in the slightest :( I have noticed that I have lots of little cuts in the area now so it's extremely painful to wipe and even walking around in the day it's irritated, it seems to worsen at night and it is just unbearable, it really is making my life a misery. I have tried hydrocortisone, nappy cream, canestan, e45, analcare, changing my diet and literally nothing works, I am running out of hope here, has anyone found anything that has worked even slightly?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I've had this condition since I was about 19, (I'm now 37) and for about 15 years I was stuck in a bit of a cycle of scratching it until it got really raw red and inflamed, then using a hydrocortisone cream to bring it under control. However it then got really bad again really quickly. Several GPs told me I'd just be stuck with it. The good news is that I've been pretty much free of the condition for about five years now, and the solution for me turned out to be fairly simple - it's basically about keeping your bum very clean at all times. The tricky bit I've found is that the only way I've found to do that is to use aqueous cream to clean every time I defecate. Dry loo roll just doesn't get you properly clean, and even the wet loo roll I found managed to irritate the skin. Now I have a big tub of aqueous in the shower, and carry the smaller tubes around with me in the day to use each time I defecate. Wipe the worst of it off with regular loo roll, then apply some aqueous using loo roll, or your fingers if you can bear it, and then wipe it all off with more loo roll. It's particularly important to make sure any hairs on your bum are clean, as well as making sure the entrance to the anus is properly clean. Genuinely it's managed to sort out the problem for me, and whilst it's a bit of a faff making sure I've got aqueous cream on me whenever I use the loo, it's a hell of a lot better than the constant itchy bum. You can get aqueous cream in Boots by asking at the pharmacy counter - it comes in a big tub or in smaller tubes and is super cheap. I honestly can't understand why GPs don't suggest it as a solution - I told a GP mate of mine about it, but he'd managed to make wet loo roll work for him. Definitely give aqueous cream a go though.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

This seems a really good idea and aqueous is a base cream without steroid. Many thanks will try.

I have a itch for years there is a skin tag there but nothing else had lots of creams from doc and even used germoloid cream and wash as often as needed and use toilet paper between my bottom all the time but still itch even done worming pills so am fed up and depressed with this





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I have suffered with an itchy bottom for over 20 years. I have tried many creams from the doctor, many of these contain steroids and can only be used for a few days. In my case they burned the skin and just made the area red and sore. I came across a product called analcare cream after seeing it advertised in the motorway service toilets. I have to say this cream has been a real blessing and for once I can forget about my itch. I am now getting a full night sleep, seriously give this stuff a try. A good bonus is its natural and does not burn my skin.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I am desperate guys . I have an itchy anuesfor a good few years now and it's always in a nighttime . I seem to have very small seepage during the day also,which leads me to the toilet to wipe 4 or 5 times during the day. I feel I cannot go to my GP as I really know the them very well there. Please help !!!!!!!!!





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I've had an intense itch around my anus for a few days now, I also have a strange creamy bloody tint to my stools though I can't feel any hemaroids around my anus. It's getting tedious now and I'm bored of reapplying cream constantly, any idea of what's wrong.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I've had it for months since my 3 children I also make it bleed when itching but am not sure if its due to all the stitches I had after child birth





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I have intense itching in snd around the anus, mostly at night. I had had minute trouble with hemorrhoids my whole life, but this is much worse, and has been going on for about 6 months. It was getting really bad, and then I started getting the white film (possibly bacteria development) so I began using hand sanitizer directly on my anus, throughout the day. I also will put a vinegar soaked cottonball on it and clentch my buttocks together for a few seconds, before bed (the time when itching is the worst). Both of these actions burn temporarily (especially the hand sanitizer), but it has gotten better. The white film is still there at times, but the itching has gotten much much better, for the most part. I also got a detachable pulsating shower head, with decent pressure, and I use it with water as hot as I can stand it to clean myself out after a bowel movement, instead of wiping (like a bidet) and any time it is bothering me or feels unclean when I am home. It has become one of the best feelings of my week to do this... I do not have health insurance, and won't go to the doctor for anything that isn't very serious. And this is only a pain in the a#%. 😁





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Hello my dears, i was just thinking why not i post a comment! My anus has bumps for past 3 years now and it sometimes bleed, most of the time when i get home from outside i notice my underwear having white thingy... sometimez when i walk too or one day if i cant take a shower in the morning it starts itching... is there any help or medication you can offer?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.



Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

It looks like no one else has asked this question, so please fill in the rest of your details below.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.



Please don't swear or be rude in your questions, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting questions. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines


Important Notice

The information provided on this website (including any NHS Choices medical information) is for use as information or for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. We do not warrant that any information included within this site will meet your health or medical requirements. This Embarrassing Bodies site does not provide any medical or diagnostic services so you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.


If you want to embed our videos in your site, read our embedding T&Cs here


More Information

  1. Doctor Responses: Eczema and Skin Conditions

    In Videos - Dr Dawn advises on the most common questions sent in to the Embarra…

  2. Episode 11 - Under the Skin

    In Episodes - The doctors revisit famous cases of skin problems, finding out how…

  3. How To Check Your Skin

    In Videos - Dr Jessen provides a quick guide on how to check and protect your s…

  4. Doctor Responses: Skin Tags

    In Videos - Dr Pixie answers your most common questions about annoying (but usu…

  5. Quick Health Advice: Psoriasis

    In Videos - Dr Harper explains the causes of and treatments available for psor…

  6. Quick Health Advice: Moles

    In Videos - Dr Jessen advises on the kind of mole you should be looking out for…

  7. Doctor Responses: Skin Pigmentation

    In Videos - Dr Pixie discusses the causes and remedies of skin pigmentation iss…

  8. Doctor Responses: Acne

    In Videos - Dr Christian answers your most frequently asked questions about acne.

  9. Episode 5 - Series 7

    In Episodes - Dr Christian and Nurse Joy Tickle do a double act on the truck in B…

  10. Consultation: Psoriasis

    In Videos - Dr Dawn Harper examines a patient with psoriasis

  11. Consultation: Mole Check-Up

    In Videos - Dr Harper examines a patient's moles

  12. Consultation: Hyperpigmentation

    In Videos - A patient with hyperpigmentation is assessed by Dr McKenna

  13. Episode 3 - Rural

    In Episodes - This week's episode includes a woman leaving pieces of skin everywh…

  14. Episode 2 - Kids

    In Episodes - This week's episode includes a young girl with vile verrucas that m…

  15. Doctor Responses: Skin Rashes

    In Videos - Dr Pixie discusses your most commonly asked questions about a range…


Help Beat Cancer

Download our free mobile game to help Reverse The Odds in the fight against cancer.

Available on App Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store >