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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.

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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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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 have had an itch for 7months at the back underneath my anus both sides. It is very red and sore and now I have piles so they itch. I have tried using germoline ,sudacreme,tcp ointment, and now preparation H cream and wipes.The soreness is still there and the itching. I don't like going to my Gp so can you suggest anything else as my husband said it shouldn't have been going on for 7 months.





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Same as me..i just don,t know what to do.. it,s irritating and a nuisance but after trying doctors/creams etc which all failed.. I have now given up and refuse the urge to scratch, it takes about a minute or so if you can stand it.. but it does work .Willpower trust me it really does work.

I have had itching for about 2.5 years. I have had a full colonoscopy which diagnosed a spastic colon, but otherwise free of anything. I leak mucus regularly, and like many others, it seems to be worse at night. I have a tiny hemorrhoid which i have had since having children over 26yrs ago. I have loose stools. I have been referred to another gastroenterologist to check for BAM- Bile Acid Malabsorption. I was initially diagnosed with IBS, but after being referred to a dietitian, this has been questioned. My skin itches nearly all day, has a burned area the size of a bar of soap. I also suffer upper abdominal pain, and have blood test that show raised Ige levels (indicating an allergic reaction). I regularly feel tired mid afternoon, which may be a result of disturbed sleep due to itching at night. Could it be Pruitis Ani...who knows. All i know is it's driving me insane. How can this condition not be alleviated. ps. I have been prescribed all sorts of diff creams, wear cotton underwear, wash with unscented products.





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Believe me, go to back to your GP. I had similar last year and let it go on for months and months before I plucked up the courage to get it checked. I also had a small haemorrhoid from years ago which still comes and goes. I was convinced I'd need surgery but I didn't. Was prescribed proctosedyl ointment and suppositories, and despite the fact that the one of the side effects of the ointment is 'anal itching' (I'm not joking) after 7 days of administering said medication the problem went away completely and I just couldn't believe I'd let myself suffer all that time. It hasn't returned. Good luck.

Hi I had intense itching for years i would have to get up during the night to scratch using a cotton bud with cream on I would normally keep going until it started to bleed then the stinging would over power the itching and I could go back to sleep.about a month ago drunk to much red wine at a party couldn't even look a bottle after that a week later noticed the itch fading a week later completely gone last Friday had one glass next day it was back so no more red wine for me





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Great News. Thank You For Posting.

Will give it a go, I've been drinking red wine most nights !

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





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It's very common and natural and called Pruritus Ani. Too many people suggest it's because you need to clean more but they are wrong and actually that makes it worse if you clean too much. It's the constant rubbing with toilet paper that removes the body’s natural oils and irritates the sensitive skin. The best solution is to clean with water and little or no soap (as soap can dry the skin out also) and stop the wiping with toilet paper. Water is cleaner anyways and healthier too. The most convenient and efficient way to clean with water is not to take a shower every time or jumping up on the sink but with a Hand Bidet Sprayer. They locate right at the toilet and require no new plumbing. The itch will go away and not come back.

I have a couple of suggestions that may help. Keep your fingers nails really short with no sharp edges, as night time scratching with your nails makes it worse. Wash gently without soap before going to bed, to reduce chance of itching during the night. I have found gently rubbing in a little bit of vaseline in the area occasionally before going to bed has helped, dont do it everyday day though. Tell your parents, ok it is embarrassing, but they will help & you will not have to try and hide the problem. It will also then make it easier to go to the Dr, as there are some things they can test for that may be the cause, and medication can fix some of them.





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