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Itchy Bottom

Itchy Bottom

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An 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 am married to my boyfriend whos name matthew but him misses me so much but what do you want me to do with the cream





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Hi, Usually in the evening my anus is a little itch and when I scratch it there are like little brown tiny things round my anal hole. I can pick them up with my fingers. Sometimes they are white and sometimes they are brown. I thought it was worms and took worming tablets but they are still there. Sometimes there are quite a few of them and sometimes hardly any. I thought at first it could be dried faeces. Any ideas?





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For the last week or two I've had wet tissue like stuff in between my bum cheeks and vigina it's not itchy or sore I know it's not tissue aswell I've been using cloth I'm worried since my two year old daughter is displaying the same thing





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Me wan to know which doctor what is the doctor name .oky while me will help you and your itching





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I have had itchy bottom for years now and seems to of spread to the crease between my right testicle sack and leg.I cant help, but scratch till the area bleeds. I wash area and fold toilet paper and place it in my anus crease....which sometimes relieves the itching. I have tried Betnovate RD cream which not always works.I am 54 years old and would welcome any suggestions.





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My own get better from lastweek it get better

I have had anal itching for about three months mentioned it to my gp who gave me some ointment to apply but the itching did not stop have bought some other creams over the counter and this itching continues - I feel as if there is a wigly worm inside my bottom causing this - help !





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I'm 24 years old and have had intense anal itching since about 18. I have been to doctors , dermatologist. It has really taken over my life I have Lost all confidence in myself and I am currently on medication for depression. It is that bad I had to quit my job because I can not go ten minutes without having to scratch , I barely leave my house and I can not remember the last time I had a nights sleep without waking up during the night with my hands down my pants scratching. It really sucks and I hope no one has to go through what I do.





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Use the ointment called itch guard

I get really irritated in the anus after passing stool. Especially after eating tomato sauce. I get a burning, bleeding and a runny stool dicharge, about an hour after a BM. Most times if I go back to the washroom and wipe thoroughly it relieves the burning until my next BM. It seems to clear up once all to tomato sauce has been eliminated. I am a 56 year old male.





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