Anal Itching / Rectal Itching

rectal itching, anal itch

If the anal itching is ongoing then it becomes important to isolate the reason for the problem.  While good hygiene and topical solutions can eliminate local problems, parasites, yeast infections, STD's or auto immune diseases can be more problematic to relieve. 

Preventing anal itching by cleanliness and good hygiene will save a lot of grief and discomfort.
Anal itching is an irritation of the skin at the exit of the rectum, (known as the anus), usually accompanied by the desire to scratch.

The intensity of anal itching increases from moisture, pressure, and abrasion caused by clothing and sitting. At its most intense, anal itching causes extreme discomfort that often is described as burning and soreness. Anal itching can be caused by irritating chemicals in the foods we eat, such as in spices, hot sauces, and peppers. It also can be caused by the irritation of liquid stools, diarrhea, or escape of small amounts of stool (incontinence).

Diseases that increase the possibility of yeast infections, such as diabetes mellitus or HIV infection, as well as treatment with antibiotics can lead to a yeast infection and irritation of the anus.
Psoriasis also can irritate the anus:
Other problems that can cause anal itching include pinworms and other parasites,  hemorrhoids, tears of the anal skin   (anal fissures),

In many cases, you can prevent some anal itching by using the following practices:

  • Practice good anal hygiene — When possible, gently cleanse the anal area after every bowel movement by using wet toilet paper (unscented and dye-free) or a wet washcloth. Wipe gently or blot the area. Never rub or scrub.
  • Mostly use only water to clean the anal area, never harsh soaps. You can use a very gentle soap like baby soap and water , or mild Castile soap.
  • Avoid using medicated powders, perfumed sprays or deodorants on the anal area.
  • Wear cotton underwear that is not too tight.
  • If you are taking oral antibiotics, eat yogurt to help restore the normal ecology of your colon.
  • You can also use a  yogurt enema to help restore normal ecology in the colon.

In many cases, anal itch can be treated by:

    Thoroughly, but gently, wash and dry the anal area after every bowel movement, use a clean warm wet washcloth and pat dry with a soft towel or you can dry with hairdryer set on lowest heat setting. But be careful not to burn yourself!

  • Dusting the anal area with cornstarch powder between bowel movements, or laying a clean square of cotton gauze against the anus to absorb any excess moisture.
  • Resist the urge to scratch,  The itch will decrease in intensity, over a short time, the more you scratch, the longer it will take for the itching to recede.
  • Applying topical remedies such as zinc oxide or hydrocortisone ointment (1 percent)  as needed, to help you avoid scratching.
  • Many people will use a garlic juice enema series,  to help remove and the kill off parasites, yeast or bacterial growth.


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