How to treat anal itching?
Simple questions about your symptoms, personal care habits, and medical history asked by your GP can determine the cause of your itching. You may need a physical exam. And for example, if pinworms are the reason for your itchy anal, you probably would have to do a test for pinworms. The cause may be also a skin condition, cancer or some kind of infection.
Treatment of itchy anus depends on what causes the problem. Self-care measures like anti-itch cream or treating an infection may get the job done. With proper care, you most likely will experience relief from the itching. Anal itching cream helps to reduce the itching problem and provide a complete solution.
For preventing anal itching you have to keep the anus area clean, dry and cool. If you already have an itchy bottom, try these measures:
- Don’t scratch. By applying a moist, cool compress to the irritated area you will find some relief. You can trim your nails short, or even wear cotton gloves while sleeping to prevent scratching.
- You have to avoid all kind of cosmetics that can cause itching. In other words – irritants. For example – genital deodorants, perfumed soaps, bubble baths or moist wipes. Use unscented toilet paper.
- If your underwear is made from synthetic fabrics, this may cause irritation too. So make sure to wear white cotton underwear that is not too tight. This helps keep the anus area dry. And as you know moisture is your enemy.
- Adjust your diet. Try to avoid or at least cut back on alcohol, chocolate, spicy foods, coffee, and any diarrhea-causing foods. And be careful with using laxatives.
- Clean yourself carefully. The area around the anus has to be cleaned with cool water or mild soap. You have to avoid scrubbing, so use a soft towel to pat dry. If you suffer from diarrhea, make sure the anus area is properly cleaned up. You can try to apply a dry or moistened cotton ball to the outside the anus.
- For instant relief use ointments or gels. They will protect the irritated skin from moisture. All you have to do is to apply a thin layer of it. Do this two or three times a day for a short period.
- Maintain regular bowel movements. For this to happen you may consider adding fiber to your diet regimen. The easiest way is to eat foods like oatmeal, fruits, and vegetables. Another option is taking fiber supplements.
The itchy bottom can be a pain in the ass (no pun intended). These are the most common ways to treat anal itching. You probably won’t have to go to a doctor about it. But if the itching continues even after you take measures, don’t hesitate to visit your GP. They will help you or if needed will refer you to a dermatologist or proctologist.