If you suffer from anal itching, don’t be embarrassed. Surprisingly, you’ll discover that you are not the only one. Anal itching, medically called ‘pruritus ani,’ is a common ailment many people suffer from. It affects hundreds of thousands of people across the United States.
The main symptom is the irritation of the skin. This problem is most severe around the of the rectum, or anus. This irritation causes a serve desire to scratch. It is important to note that the problem is mostly related to increases from pressure, moisture and rubbing caused by clothing and sitting. At worst, anal itching causes major discomfort that often is accompanied by burning and soreness. The you scratch, the worse it gets. This problem can lead to more serious problems. Anal itching can be caused by many things. The website, WebMD, says, “The problem can be caused by: irritating chemicals in the foods we eat, such as spices, hot sauces, and peppers. Other problems that cause anal itching include pinworms, hemorrhoids and tears of the anal skin (known as fissures).”
Anal itching affects people of all ages. Regardless of your body type, age or health. This problem is occurs equally in men and women.
Home treatment for rectal itching depends on the cause of the itching. But because anal itching can be caused by so many things, it could be a long process to determine the source. My absolute best advise is to go see a medical professional. But if you are like 44 million other Americans, by not having paid healthcare., you may not have the funds. If you live in the Washington, DC area and you don’t have paid health insurance, go to Unity Health Care. They will work with you if you have no money or have a small income. Their services are set on a sliding scale.
If you don’t trust doctors and are interested in some home remedies, give this a try.
Poor hygiene is a considered a cause for anal itching. Try cleaning the area gently with water-moistened cotton balls, a warm washcloth, or premoistened towelettes, such as Tucks or “baby wipes.” A mild ointment, such as A+D Ointment or Desitin, can be applied lightly to help soothe the skin and protect it against further irritation.
Try staying away from scented or colored toilet paper or scented soaps. Remember to buy white, unscented toilet paper. Don’t use scented soaps, which can irritate your skin. Apply an ointment that contains 1% hydrocortisone. Do not use other steroid creams on this sensitive area of your body; skin damage can occur. Hydrocortisone cream should not be used for longer than 7 to 10 days without talking with your doctor. Note: Do not use the cream on children younger than age 2 unless your doctor tells you to. Do not use in the rectal or vaginal area in children younger than age 12 unless your doctor tells you to.
Try not to use other steroid creams on this sensitive area . You can thin out your skin and cause breakage. Then you have an entirely new set of problems. Always follow the directions on the hydrocortisone cream’s box. It’s advised to not use Benadryl cream, which contain antihistamines. Yet, you can take Benadryl allergy oral tablets. Many people have noted great success with the product. And remember taking Benadryl allergy can make you drowsy.
Another issue is sweating. With anal itching caused by excessive sweating, avoid wearing tight-fitting underwear and wear cotton, rather than synthetic, undergarments. Cotton is a natural fiber and is breathable. Talcum powder tis also another option. Please do not use cornstarch. There have been cases of a skin infection. Some medical professionals and websites ask you to dry your rectal area with a hair dryer set on the low setting before applying talcum powder. Whatever you do, do not rub the irritated area. If you don’t have any of these things, take unsented paper towels or toliet paper and place it your crack, just in front of your anus. This will allow circulation between your butt cheeks and help the area dry.
To control itching To control itching, try the following:
- Break the itch-scratch cycle. The more you scratch, the longer the problem will be around. The problem can be worse at night, take an oral antihistamine before bedtime.
- Give taking a warm sitz bath a try. Do this three times a day, after a each bowel movement, or as needed.
- Avoid caffines, sodas, beer, liquior, excessive amounts of vitamin C, spicy foods for at least 2 weeks. If you reintroduce these items into your diet one at a time, you can see what causes the proble – if its food or beverage related.
- Get your stress under control.