Pruritus Ani (also known as anal itching or itchy bottom) is considered to be a simple problem that home remedies can relieve.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of Pruritus Ani include persistent itching, irritation, redness, soreness, and burning in the skin around the rectum.
What causes anal itching?
Skin irritation from fecal residue is the main cause of itchy anus. If you have diarrhea, it may also cause your bottom to itch. People who have hemorrhoids are more prone to itching. If you don’t take the time to wipe thoroughly, this will lead to poor hygiene, which can cause irritation and itching.
Too much wiping, on the other hand, can injure the skin and also cause an itchy bottom. Other causes are constipation, moisture in the area around the rectum, tight underwear made of synthetic fabric, prolonged sitting, and stress. If you don’t identify the cause of anal itching and eliminate it, the condition will persist for a long time. Click here for some more details for the treatment of itching process and how to overcome that.
Here are some ideas about home remedies that will help you relieve the pain and itchiness:
- Clean the area around the anus carefully. Don’t overdo it. Gentle cleaning will provide relief. Use pre-moistened wipes or wash the area in a shower or bath with water and soap. Rinse thoroughly and after that pat the area dry with a towel.
- Use creams and lotions to control the itch. Those are good short term solutions.
- Scratching can cause additional irritation and may lead to infection. Avoid doing it!
- Use unscented, plain, and non-colored toilet tissues.
- Add more fiber to your diet. You have to consume 25 to 30 grams of fiber daily. Foods high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, cereals, and grains.
- If you experience leakage, you could wear a small cotton pad against the rectum and change it frequently. Avoid tight clothing.
- Avoid food allergens. There are foods that can increase inflammation and itchiness, so avoid them for some time until the itching disappears. Here are some examples of such foods and beverages – chocolate, coffee, carbonated drinks, tea, spicy foods, citrus, alcoholic beverages.
An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anus and it may also cause anal itching. It usually results from the passage of hard or large stool or constipation. The most effective way to treat anal fissures is by increasing fiber intake and drinking plenty of water and fluids. To prevent the appearance of an anal fissure apply the tips mentioned above.
If anal itching occurs along with bleeding or pain, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor. In rear cases, persistent anal itching may point to a serious infection. So if the remedies you apply don’t give results after 2 or 3 weeks, again – go see your physician.
Other causes of Pruritus Ani that need medical attention are scabies and pinworms. Your doctor will examine carefully the anal area (probably by using anoscope) and will determine the real cause of your itchy anus. He may prescribe topical medications that will reduce the pain, soreness, and itching.