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Anal itching (itchy bottom)

An itchy bottom may be just an annoyance, or may be so troublesome that it dominates your life. It is usually made worse by warmth, and is often most troublesome in bed. The skin around the anus easily becomes irritated and inflamed. This is because it is difficult to keep the area around the anus clean and dry; the skin is crinkly and traps tiny faecal particles. It is also sweaty and airless, and it may be moist from an anal or vaginal discharge. When it becomes irritated, scratching is a natural reaction, but this damages the skin further – the itch/scratch cycle. Ointments and creams can cause further problems by keeping the area damp.
 
Although it is very unpleasant, anal itching seldom means anything serious. If you have pain as well as itching, look at the section on anal pain.
 
Anal itching can occur at any time of life, but seems to be most common between 30 and 50 years of age. It is four times more common in men than in women.

Causes of anal itching

Washing too much or not enough. Poor hygiene can be responsible for anal itching, but so can excessive cleaning, especially if you use harsh soaps or a brush.
 
Leakage of faeces can lead to itching around the anus, because prolonged contact with substances in the faeces causes irritation of the skin (Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2008;90:457-63). About half of all people with anal itching tend to have loose faeces. Look at the section on faecal incontinence for more information.
 
Anal conditions (particularly piles) can have itching as one of their symptoms, partly because of the slimey discharge they produce. Look at our section on piles for more information.
 
Pre-moistened toilet tissues (wet-wipes), bought from chemists and supermarkets, can sometimes cause anal itching. The reason is probably perfume, alcohol or a preservative in the wipes.
 
Sensitivities and allergies to other chemicals, such as bubble baths and perfumed soaps, may be responsible.
 
Ointments and creams are notorious causes of anal itching. If you have itching, it is a natural reaction to buy an anaesthetic gel for the anal area. Most of these are labelled ‘for haemorrhoids’ and contain lignocaine, tetracaine, cinchocaine, pramocaine or benzocaine with other ingredients. At first they help, but then the itching may return because you have become sensitive to one of the ingredients in the cream or ointment and they are keeping the area moist. Do not use them for more than 1 week.
 
Skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema, or a condition called lichen sclerosis, can affect the skin around the anus and cause itching.
 
Fungal infections, similar to thrush or athlete’s foot, are another common cause. Fungi love warm, damp and damaged skin, so if you have an itchy anus for any reason and then damage the skin by scratching, fungi can take hold and make it worse.
 
Sexually transmitted and other infections are what many people worry about, but are not usually the reason.
  • Genital warts (vulva or penis), caused by papillomavirus, thrive in warm, moist conditions such as the skin near the anus and can be very itchy.
  • Genital herpes (caused by herpes virus) can also infect the anus, and causes itching just before the sores appear and also during the healing stage.
Both these viruses are easily transferred to the anal skin on the fingers, and can therefore occur around the anus in anyone. The anus may be the only site of infection; the fact that you do not have genital warts or herpes elsewhere does not rule them out. Various bacteria (such as some staphylococci or streptococci) can cause anal itching; the skin will be red and inflamed, and needs antibiotic treatment.
 
Threadworms (pinworms) are tiny worms, about 13 mm long, which live in the lower part of the bowel. They are very common – an estimated 40 million cases in the USA alone. The female worms creep out of the anus at night – how they know it is night, and why they come out only at night, is a mystery. They lay thousands of eggs on the skin of the anus, causing intense itching at night. When you scratch, the eggs lodge under your fingernails, and it is easy to transfer them to your mouth and reinfect your gut by swallowing the eggs. If several people in the family have anal itching, threadworms might be the cause.
 
Certain foods can irritate the anus during defecation. Beer and curry are obvious examples. Some people find that citrus fruits, grapes, tomatoes, coffee or tea can cause problems.
 
Tight trousers or underwear, especially synthetic and elasticated fabrics, retain heat and sweat, which worsens itching.
 
Anxiety tends to make the brain hyper-alert to body feelings that we may otherwise be able to ignore. If you are going through an anxious period, a symptom such as itching can become magnified.
 
Pleasure. It is worth asking yourself whether you are deriving a perverse, almost erotic, pain/pleasure from scratching the itchy area, which is keeping the irritation going.

How you can help yourself

  • Wash the anal area after you have had your bowels open, but not more than three times in a day, using just water or an unperfumed soap. Some doctors recommend using aqueous cream (available from pharmacies) as a cleanser. Apply the cream, massage it gently over the area and then rinse off. If you are somewhere where you cannot wash, clean the area with wet tissues (but not with pre-moistened wipes containing perfume, alcohol or other irritants). If you use shower gel to wash your body, make sure you rinse it off very thoroughly so that none remains between the buttocks. It is best to wash in a squatting position using a shower head or bidet, so that any faecal material between the buttocks is washed away.
  • Dab gently with a soft towel to dry – do not rub. If drying is difficult, use a hairdryer on cool setting.
  • Do not put any disinfectant on the skin or in the bath water – this can irritate the skin. Do not use bubble bath – the perfume can irritate. Instead, put a handful of kitchen salt in your bath.
  • Keep a cotton-wool ball, dusted with powder, against the anus, inside your underpants or knickers. Use baby powder (not perfumed talcum powder) to dust it. Change it each time you wash.
  • Wear loose cotton underwear. Avoid tights and elastic ‘shapewear’ underwear, because they encourage sweating and moistness in the anal area. Avoid anything that keeps the buttocks close together.
  • Do not use biological (enzyme) washing powders for your underwear, or perfumed fabric softeners. Instead, use a detergent labelled ‘for sensitive skin’.
  • Do not scratch. If you scratch, you damage the skin more and then you itch more. If you feel you really must scratch, try pinching the skin near the anus between your thumb and forefinger through your clothing; this is less damaging than actual scratching. People often scratch at night and do not realize they are doing so. If you think you might be scratching at night, talk to your doctor about taking an antihistamine, keep your fingernails short, wear cotton gloves at night for a while and ask your doctor to check for threadworms.
  • Do not use any greasy creams (such as Vaseline) on the area. Greasy creams keep the skin soggy and make the problem worse. Zinc oxide cream (from pharmacies) can be soothing if the skin has been damaged by scratching.
  • Be very cautious about anaesthetic creams or ointments. Sometimes they can help by relieving the itch/scratch cycle, but use them only for a short period (about a week).
  • Similarly, be very cautious about steroid creams. In the UK, it is possible to buy weak steroid cream (containing hydrocortisone 1% or less) from pharmacies. In the short-term, the steroid reduces inflammation and therefore relieves itching but, in the long-term, it can make the skin thinner and worsen the problem. Resist the temptation to keep on using a steroid cream. Use it for just 1 week, then throw the tube away.
  • Try witch hazel – an old-fashioned remedy available from pharmacies. Dab it on twice a day, but stop immediately if it seems to be making the problem worse instead of better.
  • Dr James Le Fanu has a column in the Daily Telegraph that acts as a forum for readers’ solutions to health problems. Readers have reported that the inside of a banana skin can relieve itchy skin, including anal itching.
  • Feel around the anus for lumps. This may not be easy, because the skin around the anus is normally puckered. A lump might be a wart, a pile or a skin tag alongside an anal fissure.
  • Avoid foods that cause excessive flatulence (wind).

How your doctor can help

If you are anxious about being examined by your doctor, look at the section on seeing your doctor about an anal problem. Your doctor can check to see whether you have any conditions such as piles (haemorrhoids), fissure, warts, psoriasis, eczema, fungal infections or other infections that need treatment.

  • If you scratch at night, an antihistamine taken before you go to bed can help. Antihistamines relieve itching and some also tend to make you drowsy.
  • Discuss with your doctor whether you might have threadworms (pinworms). They look like small threads of slow-moving white cotton. These can be eliminated with mebendazole or piperazine. The treatment has to be repeated after 14 days, because the eggs can persist for this length of time in the environment (NHS MeReC Bulletin 2008;18:11–13). The other members of your household will also need to be treated. You should also wash your hands and scrub your nails before eating and after each visit to the lavatory, and wash the anal area in the morning to get rid of any eggs deposited during the night.
  • An ointment containing a chemical found in chilli peppers (capsaicin) is an effective treatment for very troublesome anal itching (Gut 2003;52:1233–5), but the researchers used a special very dilute ointment (0.006%) that is not generally available.
  • If nothing helps, your doctor might consider referring you to a specialist for injection of a chemical called methylene blue into the anal area. So far, research has involved only a small number of patients, but the itching improved in most patients and disappeared completely in half (Colorectal Disease 2009;11:282–7). More research is awaited to find out how long the relief will last.

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Wednesday, April 4th 2012

 

Dr Phil Hammond expands on the problem of an itchy bum in his video below. Click on the link to hear what he has to say about washing too little, washing too much, threadworms ("never scratch your bum and suck your thumb"), scratching and piles ("nobody talks about the fourth degree - a bit like Diana Ross!").


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Posted by Optional on 15/09/2014 at 01:52

thank you for helping me

Posted by The King on 05/09/2014 at 04:19

Found a product made by Seacret beauty products, called mud soap, that unquestionably cured my itchy bottom. Simply hand washing with the soap each morning in the shower got rid of he itch within 2 weeks, and hasn't come back for 3 months. Used solely for the bottom the soap should last around 3 mons or more. It's made from minerals from the Dead Sea. The only other prevention used was to eat a green leafy salad at evening meal, and change to non-dyed undergarments. This is nothing short of a miracle, I suffered too long. I hope this cures others.

Posted by AbitIncure on 31/08/2014 at 09:55

so, I have the is problem. I had got jock itch earlier this year. I bought cream and it cleared up for the most part. But, I am getting small bumps around my anus. I looked at it in the mirror; it looks like my jock itch is still here. When the jock itch disappeared from "man bags", i thought it was gone for good. This is like the 4th time of me getting jock itch this year.

Posted by Optional on 31/08/2014 at 12:35

I have not even taken the time to read the proceeding so please excuse me if it been covered. For more than four years I was mislead by a reputable proctologist, in Arizona, he dismissed a fisher and other issues that lead to me thinking of taking my own life. The answers were simple when I stopped and began to use my own head and piece things together. First I found a doctor who was willing to repair the fisher then after one day looking for myself and almost passing out at what I saw, I made an appointment with a dermatologist. His answer was as simple as "stop everything." No more creams, sapositories, pills, and even the tolet paper I was using. He put me on steroids for a few weeks, then a product called Protopic - (Not cheap). I began using soft no additive soap, tolet paper and have to use stool softener everyday. Next is diet, no sauces, spices, blueberries, grapes, nothing with small seeds etc.. Your cholin is at a ceitain ph, a lot of foods can change that ph. Trial and error. Trust me it's going to take time and you will have to make some sacrifices, but you can change this. I've done it and am living a somewhat normal life again.

Posted by Optional on 30/08/2014 at 02:51

Well written

Posted by Nathan on 25/08/2014 at 01:16

I've been suffering from anal itching for nearly 5 years now. I've have tried various methods but have had no luck in curing it. My itching now only occurs in my sleep, as I've managed to stop itching during the day. Itching in sleep has left my anus red and sore and it has become unbearable and difficult to live with now. There also seems to be a yellow mucus leaking daily (sorry for being graphic!) Something I found interesting, I visited Italy last year and during my week long trip my itching completely disappear, including the redness and soreness. Would anyone have an explanation for this? Would the difference in food or the very humid climate be factors? Any help with the would be appreciated.

Posted by 4 on 19/08/2014 at 03:40

I had this for 10 years. Itching at night. I thought it was hemorrhoids, fungal or yeast infection. Creams helped a little, but not enough. Doctors didn't help. I realized that irritation was the problem. It is like getting rid of a wart, tricky. I finally found the solution. Shower 20 minutes after every bowel movement for 2 months. I'm all healed now, but still pretty cautious. Showering right after bowel movements didn't help. Waiting longer than 20 minutes was bad too. I hope this helps someone.

Posted by At last I can sleep at night on 17/08/2014 at 04:08

I have had anal itching now for over 3years, The itching was every night at almost the same time it was driving me mad. I did go to my GP almost a year ago after trying most things mentioned in the above article. My GP sent me to a specialist who said I did have a few small hemmroids but nothing to worry about. he insisted that I stop scratching my skin and keep it clean. I could have thumped him he was supposed to have been a specialist who dealt with Anal problems, so I came away very upset thinking was I ever to rid my problem. So for the last year I have been cleaning myself after every visit to the loo withWitch hazel gel which did help a little . THE CURE FOR THE LAST 3 WEEKS. 3 Weeks ago my wife came home after visiting the doctors for broken skin problems to her heals, Her GP had subscribed Lotriderm cream 30g. Which contains 0.064% w/w Betamethasone Dipropionate and 1.0% w/w Clotrimazole. I know you are not supposed to use other peoples prescriptions but after reading what the cream is used for it says " used to reduce the redness and itchiness caused by certain skin problems, Clotrimazole is a topical anti-fungal medicine used to treat some fungal infections of the skin. So I gave it a go applied twice a day, after 3days the itching stopped I applied it for 10 days, and as I write this after 3 Weeks now no itching. HEAVEN I NOW SLEEP AGAIN. If you go down my path to the cure please post a reply to help others. Regards TREVOR.

Posted by Optional on 14/08/2014 at 09:51

My Asshole burns at night... But it doesnt burn in morning so plzzz help

Posted by Optional on 05/08/2014 at 04:54

I have anal itching. It comes more at night or when im sweaty. Im too shy to tell my wife or my doctor. I've read all kinds of ideas online as to what can help but it just won't go away. It even keeps me up late into the night because of the pain. Sometimes my anus leaks a yellow liquid that I wipe away with toilet paper. What else can I do?

Posted by NO MORE ITCH on 04/08/2014 at 06:03

For more years than I want to admit I had a burning, itchy, sore anus area. I wasn't always this way so I was sure there must have been a reason for this to occur. I tried cleaning with wipes and that did help. But I had small raised areas and would scratch so much that I would bleed. My doctor gave me an ointment that did help but it was expensive and I needed a prescription so I used it only when I couldn't bear the pain any longer. Well, I'm here to tell you all what I finally came up with as the cause. As long as I keep up with what I found I am having no problems. But if I slip up and ignore my finding I do suffer again. A small amount of ointment and I'm good again until I slip up again. You see I love the problem but it don't love me. And that is TOMATOES. I cant eat them but I love 'em on my food. SO people if you have problems like I have had here's a possible cure for you. Try it. So easy. Give it some time to work. You know in the old days the people of long ago thought Tomatoes were of some sort of poison. Maybe they were right??

Posted by Optional on 03/08/2014 at 01:32

I have pink skin around my anus on both sides from scratching through my clothing. How can I treat these marks and will they ever go away?

Posted by Optional on 25/07/2014 at 07:07

I had the itchy crack! Was really bad and embarrassing! Here is how I completely got rid of it: Make sure you wash and DRY your butt crack at least once a day, twice or more is best especially if you have a movement. After I washed it, I would clean it again with witch hazel on a cotton ball. You have to get it dry so I would use the hairdryer on low and cool. Then I used "Tinactin Jock Itch Powder Spray" which I bought on Amazon. This is a spray that is a powder and it's antifungal. Powder works much better than cream, you don't want to add to the moisture in there. The first few times I used the spray, my inflamed and broken skin BURNED! I mean, it burned BAD! I almost wiped it off, but you have to just bear it. If you can keep your cheeks apart right after you spray, it will really help ease the burning. In a few minutes, the burning subsided and the itching was GONE! I used the spray twice a day and within about a week, I realized I had gone a whole day without thinking about it! My itchiness was gone, everything felt great! I keep a can of the powder under my sink and I use it from time to time if I start having a relapse. But I can now catch it so early that there are no issues.

Posted by Mardy Bum on 22/07/2014 at 10:38

I woke up this morning and felt really intense itchiness and I scratched a lot and I knew it was probably a bad idea because sometimes my vagina gets itchy and scratching makes everything 400000x worse so I tried going to the bathroom and I haven't eaten in days (whole other story) so I can't really poop so I wiped my bum with damp toilet paper and it helped for a few seconds because the cold was nice. I'm sitting in bed again now and I've stopped myself from itching but its still really irritating! One of my big problems is I can't tell my mum because I recently came out as gay (still a virgin though) and she's already blaming every problem on that imagine what she would think about an itchy bum. I really don't think its pinworms because my dog is dewormed and there's no evidence of them in my pants or anything. I'm really sorry for the long comment but I'm really at a loss for how to deal with this.

Posted by Optional on 19/07/2014 at 02:52

I have anal itching.. I think my problem is that I have a yeast infection that leaks out and when laying down it drips some of the fluid down and it is moist already, I just can't clear or stop the itching. Help...

Posted by Optional on 18/07/2014 at 06:55

thanks for the tips. can coffee be the cause i drink a lott of it

Posted by Keith on 11/07/2014 at 12:14

I've been dealing with an itchy anus for over 2 years. I've tried all kinds of creams and hemmroid creams. I get relief for a day or two then it comes back. My Dr says it's hemmroids. But its not swollen just itchy. I'm going to try the baby powder and cotton ball method. I keep the area clean. Also when I wipe I get bright red blood spotting. I am tired of this and want it to go away.

Posted by Optional on 03/07/2014 at 01:43

The skin between my butt checks are itching and bleeding

Posted by Optional on 01/07/2014 at 08:24

Continuous itching around anal area skin. Unbearable itching lead to scratching and ultimately broken skin. No relief in-spite of taking antihistamine (atarax). Please help..

Posted by Optional on 29/06/2014 at 03:14

had the itching bleeding problem. was horrible and painful. in asia they don't use toilet paper as much. they have a hose on side like the one kitchen sinks have. by using the water and no toilet paper, problem solved. i highly recomend trying it. it is kinda weird at first, but would never go back to paper. good luck.

Posted by Optional on 19/06/2014 at 11:53

Extremely useful, succinct info, especially on a subject do secret and unspoken of. Dr. Phil, you are a handsome, charming devil! I enjoyed the video very much; it really put the whole problem into perspective. The anus is amazing... But when things go wrong, they are really so wrong!

Posted by Optional on 10/06/2014 at 05:21

To Anonymous, My child is 7 and I got him wormwood with black walnut. Go on the Vitamin Shoppe website and look it up. It worked in a few days. You could order it online and I would think you could tell your mother that you need it for "good health." I've read that you need to take cloves with it to eradicate the eggs, but I never knew that until I had the first medicine, so I cannot say if the issue will return yet, having not used the cloves. If you have to tell your mother, I would hope she would understand. Children get these things often. Alternatively, you can find many more natural cures online, ie: onions, ginger, organic apple cider vinegar...things you may find around your home. I hope you feel better, but thought I would post this, just in case.

Posted by Anonymous on 05/06/2014 at 05:02

Okay, I've had an itchy anus for about a week and I've cried with anger (don't laugh)! It really hurts when I itch, but when I itch, I always itch over my underwear. I wear knickers that ar very comfortable (not loose nor tight). I know I have pinworms because I have seen them on a peice of tape. I have no time for showers in the moring and if I have one my mum'll get suspicious. I've had pinworms about twice or thrice and I drank a horrible puple juice. I am considering taking it again and washing it down with water afterwards. Is it best to just gulp it down or sip it bit by bit??? I am not taking medication or consuming anything such as garlic, seeds, juices. And I'm too young to go to the pharmacy. I turned 11 on March 29. Please HELP!!! It's extroardinarily absolutely extremely extensively ridiculously itchy at night! I'm not eating coconut either, please think of as many cures as possible please! I haven't started my period or anything (sorry for any boys reading). I just dunno what to do. Is medication the best cure, and if so, when will the little sneaky crawlies go away? And when will the itching stop? By the way, I'm not stupid, I'm in the top class for everything and I'm not stupid when it comes to medication either. I know that if I consume medication that I'll need to take it 14 days later (two weeks). What can I do to take my mind off the itching at night? (I don't have a phone it broke, but I have a DS and a PSVITA and they keep me really entertained). If I tell my mum, what shall I say because I can't say, "I have worms." I was thinking I could say, "Mum, I've been getting an itchy bum and it's really annoying..." So on and so on. My mum is a bit dumb LOL! x) but I don't mind. I know this is ridiculously long but I am desperate to kill the stupid worms!!! I bite my nails and sometimes I swallow them and I usually spit them out but I've been swallowing them lately and I regret it so badly. *puts hand on heart and takes deep breath* I promise that until I am over 18 years of age, I will never ever swallow a nail again (I always keep promises). Now for the final paragraph. I eat very healthily and someimes I do eat a lot of junkfood at home and school. But I mostly eat healthy food. If healthy food is good to eat whike diagnosed with pinworms, then I won't eat over one unhealthy thing a day. I also drink juice every day. Orange, that is. I also have a medium-haired tortoiseshell cat who is three, but she doesn't have pinworms and she's never had them. I only live with my mum and she hasn't got pinworms because she'd tell me. We tell each other everything. She hasn't been itching either. I really want my pinworms gone A$AP (notice the dollar sign???) List any sugestions apart from medication and garlic. If you've had seeds before tell me what they taste like and I might consider eating them because I've heard they can orevent pinworms. And I pinky-swear I won't bite my nails or put my fingers in my mouth. If I absolutely positively NEED to bite them, I will pick them or I could just cover them in something gross. Please don't answer me with stupid questions and be sensible. SORRY FOR THE LONG COMMENT BUT I REALLY WANT MY PINWORMS TO BURN IN HECK! If you have skipped this comment please go back and read it!!! I AM BEGGING YOU! From Anonymous xxx

Posted by Optional on 29/05/2014 at 04:48

For 3 years I tried every single cream (prescription, over the counter, herbal, everything!). I dreaded night time because that was when the itch was the worst. I took ibuprofen almost every night just to get through the pain. My solution: Anti-histamine!! I never tried it before, because I had no allergies (none that I tested positive for).. but I was desperate one night and decided to try it- the itch was gone within an hour. I continued to take the anti-histamine (claritin) daily, and I have not had the itch since. 100% gone!

Posted by Ronaldwitty on 22/05/2014 at 05:01

My but itches real had I have a couple hekoroids but my scratching is what's making them bad it feels like athletes feet when I scratch it feels so good but after I'm in such pain please help went to doctor gave me cream no help nothing works please help as I have had this for 2. Years now thank you itchy in seattle

Posted by rosanna on 06/05/2014 at 09:11

I had the merena inserted last june. Since 2 months ago I have been getting continuous white slimey discharge each time that I shift my position from sleeping or sitting to standing up. I think that I'm dripping urine as well and it has an ordour of a public toilet. My anus is now always moist and itches. When I take a bath I usually wash so hard and thorough to ensure I'm comfortable. But after a while the discharge, urine dripping and anal itch is back. Please advise

Posted by bill on 01/05/2014 at 02:31

I have had anal pri for twelve years,I've had more tests and examinations that I can remember but no answer to the problem.I told all the doctors I've seen it all started when I was given to many antibiotics but this seemed to be ignored.

Posted by Optional on 16/04/2014 at 10:50

Hi Suffered from anal leakage for the last 6-7 years and it is genuinely distressing. Tried various things. The items below worked. 12 March 2014 onwards - cut out all fizzy drink, bread, and substituted with Milk, Fruit and veg. Sunday 14 April 2014 did 10 box jumps - No Anal leakage. Tuesday 16 April 2014 did 20 box jumps. Aim to be able to do 100 box jumps / day by sunday 21 April 2014. All Anal leakage to date totally gone. Prior to this I would have residue on my jocks and very damp and smelly patches on my trousers. I hope this helps someone else. Please take it easy on the box jumps at the beginning as they will leave you breathless quickly.

Posted by Also Cured on 20/03/2014 at 01:46

I had AI for about 20 years. Drove me nuts. It kept me awake and made me apprehensive about having a live-in relationship because of it. A few years ago I was treated for a toenail fungus and one of the medications was terbinafine and I swear this cured the AI.

Posted by anonymous on 29/01/2014 at 03:06

does farting cause damage

Posted by kamogelo on 13/01/2014 at 09:13

Got a problem with itchin ass. More especially during da night b4 I sleep I haf 2 scrub it 4 abt n hour. Wat can b da cost of dat?

Posted by cured in NYC on 05/01/2014 at 08:15

I went through this starting sometime in the spring of 2013. It started as a little itch. I would go to the bathroom and scratch it with toilet paper. It felt amazing. As the itching progressed I began scratching it more intensely, especially in the shower. It was the greatest relief. But it was the only way to get relief. Soon as I came out of the shower it would begin to itch about 15 minutes later. It made it difficult to do anything. My mood swings were erratic because of it. I would use fungal sprays that would burn like hell. But gave me satisfaction for the full day. That lasted for about a week or two. By the end of September I decided to go to the DR. He prescribed a pill for yeast infections. It was only one pill that I needed to take once. I took it and within the first day I felt the itching go away. It hasn't returned since. One thing I noticed was that 8 had taken cialis a few times when I began getting the itching. once I took the pill and the itching went away, I took cialis one more time and felt the anal itching returning. I didn't scratch it and it went away by itself. But I'm staying away from cialis from now on. I don't have the name of the pill. But it was for yeast infection and only needs to be taken one time. Its a miracle drug. Soon as I get the name I will post it immediately. I know what it is to suffer with this. Take care everyone.

Posted by JB on 20/12/2013 at 01:17

This site has helped me a bit. My issue isn't as bad as some have described on here but still on and off. My itch started after being on antibiotics for an infection, so that leads me to beleive its yeast, but still havn't been able to totally get rid of it after 6months or so. What I do is use aloe baby wipes after each bowel movement, then I use simply soothing wipes, they really do work. Before bed every night I put a little bit of aloe vera solarcaine (the stuff for sunburns) where it iches. Works great, keeps everything under control.

Posted by Sinclair1993Optional on 17/10/2013 at 09:33

Hi I've had itching in my bottom several different times. I know other people personally that have the same skin issue. A friend. And a family member. I went to my regular internal medicine primary care nurse practitioner . A woman. Usually I haves learned when you describe symptoms to your doctor or other health care provider. They won't have to examine your bottom area. But if the doctor examines your bottom the just look at your skin with gloves. To make a correct diagnosis. Everyone has skin issues!! So at first I felt embarrassed. And then I realized I'm taking care of my skin issue fast so I don't worse problems later. That can effect my total health. So I got a prescription from the doctor. To put on that bottom skin area. And it took 3 weeks and is gone. No more pain or very bad itching!! Thanks!!

Posted by irfan waheed on 10/09/2013 at 11:47

I am surprised to learn that so many people have ANAL ITCH around the globe. I was one of you till the last week and I can understand how embarrassing and disturbing this itch is and if you tell someone about it, that person will not take it seriously and shall make fun of you. I went to 3 different doctors and they were the best in my town and as you all must be knowing that anal problems is generally treated by surgeons. Anyway, my problem was almost a year ago and beside trying all the piles, fistula medics, I couldn't get rid of this irritating itch. The last surgeon I saw and like all the other docs, he did my rectum survey (its so very painful) and found out that I have some kind of fluid oozing out of my rectum due to IBS (i hadn't told him that i had IBS). He prescribed me tabs and a anti fungal ointment, and I swear they did work the first day I used. I was so happy and over the moon that I couldn't believe it. Please do take these medics and I promise you, you will be telling all your kids, grand kids about me as I do understand how bad this itch is. Here is the formula as I'm not sure what you will get in your country so I wont put the name of the medic,infact let me put it. The name of the ointment is : KANADEX-N ( DEXAMETHASONE-NEOMYCIN). The tab is 500mg and take it twice a day for a week and it has the same formula. Please note down that I am not a doctor and just giving this info as I really understand your problem and doing what I can do for you......I hope all of you get well soon.....remember me in your prayers mates.....

Posted by Optional on 15/08/2013 at 09:16

hello i am having itching problem since 2 weeks since i have started swimming can swimming cause this type of problem?? or is it because of spicy food please reply asap

Posted by MisterB on 24/07/2013 at 02:57

I am posting this because I want others to experience the same relief I've had. I've experienced itchy butt daily for 4 years. I thought it was internal hemorrhoids which led to a colonoscopy; nothing was found. I used various topical creams with minimal relief for a couple years. I got a new doctor and he did four hemorrhoid bandings. They didn't really help. I began using suppositories daily at night and that helped significantly. My doc had me do a flex sigmoidoscopy, results, no hemorrhoids. He gave me some literature about itchy butt and there was info about a study done using topical 0.006% capsaicin cream (chili powder cream). You can Google the study. I had some of the cream made at the pharmacy. IT WORKS! I've had to apply it two or three times a day, but my itchy butt is gone! Be warned, the stuff is freaking hot and is very uncomfortable when applied the first couple of times. After that it is still hot but you get accustomed to it. And, it is totally worth it. Ask your doctor to get you a prescription for this cream!

Posted by Dale on 19/07/2013 at 06:28

I have tried several of these treatment options and NONE of them work! The only true cure that I've found for Pruritus Ani or intense rectal itching is an ointment called PRANICURE...Seriously, I can enjoy life now without having to constantly itch my anus!!

Posted by DCP on 08/07/2013 at 04:34

I have suffered from Pruritus Ani for 40 years, it would flare up and down, even almost disappear for periods when I was younger, but for the last few years it hadn't subsided at all. I've tried many of the solutions proposed here, some helped but not much. The ONLY thing that gets rid of it completely is Hydrocortisone, I use Mometasone (1%) cream. I know there can be side effects with prolonged use of this, so here is what I do to try to alleviate this. I apply it ONCE. After about a day, the itching and inflammation virtually disappear. This lasts about a week, then symptoms gradually start to reappear. Week two is not too bad. Week three gets back to the regular bad state. I try to tough it out for the third week, then I allow myself a re-application, and the cycle repeats. I am hoping, since the relief is so good for the two week period, that this intermittent use, only once every three weeks, will mean that the possible side effects such as thinning skin, possible glaucoma (rare unless used nears eyes), etc., will mean a greatly reduced chance of side effects. Of course, I don't really know, and I would love if someone can comment on this. The relief is SO welcome that I think I'd do it anyhow, but some peace of mind would be nice, I do worry about this. Thanks!!!

Posted by Drewskie on 11/06/2013 at 07:04

I have had horrible itching now for over a month. First it started out with a lot of stinging and itching when I would go to the bathroom. I have been taking a suppository for the this as well as a cream. The pain has subsided, but the itching seems to be getting worse. My doctor has looked me over and found no piles, but did notice how red and irritated it was down there. I have had pin worms before and this seems to be worse. The itching is all day long now... I also have some sort of fungus on my ear. I was wondering if that could also be causing my other problems. Please help

Posted by Optional on 03/06/2013 at 03:06

During the night, I felt very itchy in the buttocks and I might have scratch. I'm not sure I was half asleep. Anyway in the morning I noticed that I had cold sores near my nose due to the fact that I had runny nose days before. Now I'm worry that I might infected my gentials. I'm a bit itchy down there but not a lot. Should I consult a doctor right away?

Posted by Chris on 24/05/2013 at 06:37

I had severe anal itching for over 7 years. Tried everything on the market and had 2 surgeries... nothing worked. Then 3 months ago I tried a product called PRANICURE...it changed my life. Within a few days I could go 24 hours without the urge to scratch. Within a week my bottom was completely healed. I simply apply Pranicure after every bowel movement and I have no more anal itching. 7 years was a long time to deal with severe anal itching (pruritus ani is what doctors call it.) I'm so happy to be done with it. Really...if any of you have anal itching don't waste your time with anything else. Just put Pranicure in your search engine to find out how you can order it. Hope this helps a lot of you not go through what I did.

Posted by Ice on 20/05/2013 at 09:38

I have a problem with anul worms small white in colour

Posted by Optional on 13/05/2013 at 10:10

I suffered from this for about 25 years before I realized the issue - turns out it was an allergy to wheat. I eliminated wheat from my diet and the itching was gone within a couple of days. It also cleared up occasional (but becoming more frequent) bouts of diarrhea, as I think I also have a gluten intolerance. I've been avoiding wheat for about 6 years now, and I still get the occasional itch, but it's always because I unknowingly ate something containing wheat. When I'm very careful about avoiding wheat, the itching stays away.

Posted by Optional on 01/05/2013 at 11:46

Hey guys why dont you try Analcare.co.uk they used to have an advert on this page but for some reason its gone. Anyway there site is at www.analcare.co.uk and it works for me.It cost £13.00 but a tube can last me about 3 months as it is really good and lasts all day. At first I thought it was not working as it caused a nice tingle and I thought that would be it. But after 5 minutes I had forgoting all about it then realized that's because the itch had gone and never came back all day or night. I have also got piles and they have now disappeared since using analcare cream.

Posted by Neha on 16/04/2013 at 01:21

i have black patch on my buttocks because of funges infection as i scratched at begnning....now i want to rid of these patches.... please give me some clinical and home remides

Posted by Doug on 03/04/2013 at 02:41

I think it's a fungal infection. The anal itch is just as severe as athletes foot and jock itch. (I've had them all). My Dr. just prescribed Lamisil for my toe fungus. Hope it also kills my anal fungi problem. I'm 95% sure it's a fungal problem. Just to make it bearable, I buy hemmoroid suppositorys from the drug store, then, I fold a small amount of toilet paper and press into the crack of my @ss. Seems to help absorb some of the moisture and relieve the itch somewhat.

Posted by DavidB4 on 27/03/2013 at 04:38

Itching and pain be gone! I had this all my life until I found a solution to Anal Itch with the Hand Held Bidet Sprayers they use in Thailand. Every doctor will tell you that you need to clean but the key is you need to do it without irritating the skin. Difficult to accomplish when you have an itch that is just begging to be scratched. But cleaning with a water spray does just that and it is easy, convenient and no one need know what you are using it for. Toilet paper irritates the skin and the more you rub, the more you itch. Creams increase and trap moisture which also causes more itching. Available at www.bathroomsprayers.com.

Posted by Hot Sauce Dude on 04/03/2013 at 12:36

I found my SOLUTION. I thought I might have worms or cancer, but No. I found my solution to my itchy ahole ... Hot Sauce! As soon as I stopped eating (4) reds with my carne asada, I stopped itching my ass like an anteater scratching for ants...! For all you who scratch in bed or when you sweat... try cutting out Hot Sauce. Whewwwwww...good luck folks! Solana Beach Dude

Posted by Tony on 22/02/2013 at 11:37

I have this anal itch for over 30 years and have tried everything possible now l need help as l feel l have no more solutions. if there is a cream or a procedure that somebody could reccommend please let me know

Posted by David on 30/01/2013 at 06:57

There is an amazingly easy solution to Anal Itching, I know from personal experience. It's called a Hand Held Bidet Sprayer and it allows you to get clean using a strong flow of water, no soap, and rubbing with toilet paper that irritates the skin. And it saves you money on toilet paper! At BathroomSprayers .com

Posted by H on 27/01/2013 at 09:48

This website has been really useful. I ave ordered some wipes from simply soothing, am praying it works. Dr has prescribed me antibiotics an thrush cream but no improvement. I will post again with results as I know hw much itching can ruin your life.

Posted by Optional on 11/01/2013 at 01:19

After several years itching/scratching syndrome and using prescribed ointments/creams. I discovered baby powder (Talc). Use twice a day morning and bedtime.

Posted by jenny on 27/12/2012 at 02:15

I had itching around the anal area for months, i could have ripped my bottom apart and even drew blood at times and tried creams, washing more...everything i could think of then i remembered my mum only ever used good toilet paper like sorbent, i found once i started using better brand toilet paper the itching dissappeared, so i am guessing i was sensitive to something in the cheaper toiletpapers....worth trying

Posted by EM on 26/12/2012 at 06:11

Where can one get KANADEX-N? After reading the posts I would like to try this treatment. I think this would help me greatly.

Posted by DRK on 20/12/2012 at 12:34

I have been plagued by this for years. FINALLY found a remedy that provides instant relief. It's called Assuage and can be found at: http://www.itchnomore.com/ and look half way down page on right. This appears to be the real thing; instant, immediate relief. It appears all natural (no steroids, etc.) but if anyone has any concerns about the ingredients PLEASE respond.

Posted by Optional on 19/12/2012 at 03:57

I have had anal itching for over a year now and its still very present. It occurs mostly at night and is really intense a bit like having atheletes foot but in the anus. I am really stuggling with it is there anything you could recommend I take for it? Kind regard.

Posted by Optional on 17/12/2012 at 11:27

Hi! I suffered from anal itching 4 days into triple combination therapy for the stomach ulcer bacteria. Basically, antibiotics caused a funnel infection for which my GP prescribed Trimovate. Although this removed the fungus, my itching remained. I tried everything from preparation H and anusol to dermovate steroid cream. After 3 months I visited a proctologist who ruled out fissures and piles but beyond prescribing more strong steroids, couldn't do anything more to help me. After 8 months I visited a dermatologist. She performed a skin patch test to rule out allergies to chemicals. Over 100 chemicals were tried, no allergies were found. She tested my anus for bacterial and fungal infections, of which both tests were negative. She did however advise me to use an emollient (cetraben) as a soap substitute along with a very mild steroid, Synalar, for two weeks. The secret to curing this problem is cleanliness. After every bowel movement I would shower and use the emollient as soap. I even purchased disposable surgical gloves to ensure that my nails did not further damage the skin. Once all the emollient is rinsed away, dry the anus thoroughly. I suffered for 9 months with this problem and it made me very very miserable. However, after following this strict routine for a few months, my anus is now fine. As a precaution, I still shower after bowel movements, where possible, and still use cetraben as soap. My advice to anyone who does not have an obvious colorectal problem would be; tell your GP that you would like to see a dermatologist. In the mean time, keep the anus clean and dry at all times. A lot of what people put on their anus my actually be causing the problem to get worse. Good luck to all cos I know how miserable this problem can be.

Posted by Optional on 14/12/2012 at 03:58

Hi, i have daily anal itching sensations along with small fissures. I've noticed blood on my toilet paper when I wipe & seen small amounts of mucus in my stool. I'm scared to go to the doctors office.. HELP!

Posted by Optional on 25/11/2012 at 11:22

I was having severe anal itch and was so very irritating and embarrassing. I wont take long time but I know what the person feels who is having this problem. If any of you having IBS, then its normal as some fluid comes out through you rectum and causes itch. I had it for a year and felt like scratching my butt off. Anyway, take any medic as a tab having anti fungal and anti biotic combo, and for the cream/ointment take the magic tube of KANADEX-N ( dexamethasone-neomycin). It works 100% as with me it started working the very first day i used it. Please trust me I do understand the level of suffering you must be having. Try this and you will always remember me....All the best.

Posted by Jerome on 25/11/2012 at 09:19

Hey everyone, I'm sick and tired of the feeling stratching my anus at night, and occasionally during day times. I've had anal itching as long as I can remember. It's so embarrassing to talk about it to anyone, even my family, friends or my doctor. And I hate it if it happens when I'm arround other people or out in public. I use geasy ointments sometimes, and help by healing the skin, but unfortunately the itching returns a few days later. Sometimes the itching is so severe that showering or wiping my anus stings. I've had enough. I just CAN'T take it anymore. I'm so angry and upset. I don't want an itchy anus! I want to be normal! It's basically destroying my life! PLEASE SOMEONE HELP! GIVE ME SOME HOME REMEDIES TO CURE ANAL ITCHING ONCE AND FOR ALL! Please Help. Please. Cheers, Jerome

Posted by Shaun on 22/11/2012 at 09:06

Hi had a itchy bum for a number of years. I went to a doctor and he said i have a fungal infection and a bit of excema. He put me on microcidial tablets 500mg each. I did clear up the infection but i still have the the itching. Please help want can i do or use for the itching.

Posted by Yeah an on 15/11/2012 at 07:01

Very helpful information

Posted by Scare one on 12/11/2012 at 04:25

I have this itching that is getting worst it started by an itch on my anus it itched so bad that I scratched it like there was no tomorrow I know that was my worst mistake I had never itched around my anus nor itched that bad now the itching has spread all over my anus to my balls and penis and worst I think is for on my face like on the side of my eyes by my check bones n I can feel it spreading by my cheecks and I'm very clean I don't know what cause the itching to start with and I'm scare , it's the weekend n have to wait for Monday to call my dr ...can somebody please tell me what this scary thing I have so I can treat it right... Thank you

Posted by Retired on 26/10/2012 at 04:59

I have had this problem for quite awhile now about 10 years on and off,My doctor gave me creams but this made it worse! Now im seeing a dermertologest who has recommended aquauaris cream, but this is still not working,I was very well after the toilet,wear loose underwear, I dont know what to do next,its driving me nuts and am not enjoying life at the moment can any one suggest any cure . Thank you Steve

Posted by Optional on 25/10/2012 at 09:02

I have got this problem just like many of you i have had all the creams .And they dont work i have read the advice and will try most of them thankyou every body.I change my sheets to cotton and underwear to cotton i used salt in my bath it help's but this problem still comes back.

Posted by Optional on 21/10/2012 at 11:42

... about Simply Soothing Anal Itch Relief Wipes.. it's not an exaggeration when I say that your product has changed my life!!!! After less than a week of using the wipes I am free of trouble. My nights are uninterrupted. Less than a week!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's such a taboo subject,.... but I just wanted to thank you. J.

Posted by embarrassingproblems.com on 17/10/2012 at 12:20

Thank you Michael C. We welcome this type of clear, well-written success story, which will help other visitors to tackle it, move on.

Posted by Optional on 13/10/2012 at 07:36

Helpful but doesn't show any of my symptoms.

Posted by Optional on 13/10/2012 at 07:52

Great information, thank you.

Posted by Michael C on 12/10/2012 at 01:58

How we successfully treated our son. Our 10 year old son is a year round swimmer. 1.5 years ago he started having bad anal itching - around anus and throughout buttocks. The burning was terrible. We tried everything -incluing two trips to Children's Hospital in Cincinnati. We finally found a cure from a dermatologist - THANK GOD AND SCIENCE. Our son had been suffering terribly for almost a year. The doctor said he suffered from Perianal Strep. She gave us a prescription for Desonide 0.05%. within a week he was cured and has stayed good for months. He still swims and plays soccer with no problems. I hope this helps. From living this experience and finally finding an answer I had to post. I hope this helps.

Posted by am in pain on 11/10/2012 at 12:45

The last 10 days have been very uncomfortable for me, I wash my buttocks daily and dry off completely after every bowel movement, but 6 days ago I started feeling this wetness that burns around my anus, I have never before had anal sex but my girlfriend has licked me there during foreplay, I tried cleaning with wet wipes but after 15 mins the feeling comes again, it feels like something is down there cause at times it feels like a pulse (heart beat) and it is completely uncomfortable esp at night, I am terrified of going to a doctor with this for I find it extremely embarrassing, am a guy who turned 30 3mnths ago and this just doesn't make sense, I have tried using a mirror to check but I can't see anything out of the norm, the area around the anus is too sensitive to scratch for when I try its very painful so all I do is wipe with wet wipes and dry with a clean cotton towel, this is extremely annoying, thank you for reading.

Posted by Optional on 06/10/2012 at 09:55

Useful, thanks.

Posted by Optional on 05/09/2012 at 04:09

Please don't post anything here unless you have been cured for 6 months or more...there are so many products that will make your bottom feel better for a week or two. You get all excited and post it on line and then hundreds of people try your "cure", only to find that it was temporary relief. Please...corn starch or an organic diet or low sugar diet or witch hazel DOES NOT WORK!! Like most of you that have this condition in a very bad way and have suffered for 1-40 years with this problem, I went to many doctors, colon /rectal surgeons and they just don't have one solid solution. To make it worse...many doctors treat this as just some sort of annoyance for us! Like it's not a real problem. Like most of you, I tried dozens of products, had surgery, all to no avail. Pruritus Ani/Severe Anal itching IS more than just an embarrassing problem...it was life debilitating for guys that had it bad like me. Stop trying to find your own cure and just buy the stuff that works at pruritusani.org. Some guy figured out how to fix this condition and has his own website. I've been using the 2 ointments/creams they sell for two years now and I'm cured. One application every day (or every other day) is all it takes and I'm itch free and comfortable every day. Anal leakage and moisture are the real culprits in my opinion. The problem is that you need the peri-anal area DRY and you need the anus MOIST....a difficult if not impossible combination for any one product to handle. The two ointments you get at this site takes care of both issues. One order lasts me 6 months so I think it's very reasonably priced. You also need to use baby wipes after every bowel movement to completely remove any feces before re-applying. The first ointment you put on DRIES in a minute or two...I don't know how but it ends up DRY on your skin. After that dries, you use the second ointment, which has a zinc oxide base and some other ingredients and is applied to the anus to keep a barrier from leakage and the anus moist. This stuff really works and gave me my life back.

Posted by Optional on 21/08/2012 at 07:52

WRONG. It is Thrush a fungal infection. Had it for 20 years. Keep it dry and slap on Sudocrem two or three times a day. It really is the itch from hell. never ever scratch as it ruptures the cells producing moisture which it thrives on.

Posted by Optional on 01/08/2012 at 01:41

I do a lot of sitting at a desk job and drive 45 minutes each way to work and back. For two years I have suffered from "sweaty ass". Almost sounds like a punch line to a joke but it is far from funny, it is debilitating! You are in pain down there, things get raw and sting, itch and hurt. When I do get time to go hiking about 10 minutes into the hike I would hurt so bad I would have to turn back. I thought I had hemorrhoids and was too embarrassed to go to the doctor. I tried to self diagnose and used Preparation H, Vitamin E, Witch Hazel, salves and everything else that I read on the internet to try and fix it myself. Finally when it was too unbearable and it had a life altering effect I went to the doctor. Turns out all I had was Jock Itch (2 years of effin Jock Itch!) which is just a yeast infection. The doc gave me a powerful cream to put in the affected area. This did okay for a while but then the jock itch would return after a few days. So I took foot powder, sprinkled some on some tp and rubbed it all over the affected area. It worked great! Dried up the area and killed whatever bacteria it was causing the problem, the itch, sting, anal leakage, everything is gone! I also use a donut pillow that I sit on while driving long distances to help keep from aggravating that area as well. So far so good and I can hike, exercise and enjoy sex again. I would recommend going to your doctor first, getting a proper diagnosis and ask if foot powder can be used as a possible solution. I don't know if all foot powders work but the one I used was Lamisil which you can find at any local drug store, took 3 applications before it was gone. I felt your pain and hopefully this will be the answer for you! Best wishes! http://www.amazon.com/Lamisil-Defense-Antifungal-Powder-4-Ounce/dp/B001G7QXVG

Posted by Optional on 29/07/2012 at 06:03

itchy skin under arm both legs and thigh, vaginal around valva, under breast and all become sore

Posted by Optional on 20/07/2012 at 10:40

what causes pimple like structures along the walls of the anal/varginal. these are not painfull at all but itchy when its hot. they really seem normal but these are foreign to me,how do i treat them, cause i took antibiotics they went away but now they are back.what is the remedy to these painless pimples on the Vagina outer wall and anal????

Posted by Optional on 20/06/2012 at 07:35

why do i keep getting pinworms

Posted by Optional on 13/06/2012 at 10:35

I have suffered from an itchy hoop for the last 30 years and learn't to live with it. Occasionally having to resort to steroid cream when it got really bad. I've tried so many different applications of creams, powders and pastes and blow dryers etc etc. Nothing helped. Even chilli powder (damn painful!) I've now been completely itch free for a week, and its SO LIBERATING its hard to describe. I get a good nights sleep every night now, no longer have skid marks on my boxers from day scratching, never wake up with a smelly finger ;) and am generally super happy !! The cure ? As others have mentioned - untreated coconut oil applied morning and evening ! Thats it, all gone!! Amazing. I actually tried this out as was using some for my eyelids, which are quite dry and itchy, and it worked, so thought would try on my bum. Having read through here, I see others also have tried this - so if in doubt why don't you give it a go. You can buy a tub in Sainsburys from the food oils section. Good Luck

Posted by Sharon on 03/06/2012 at 06:20

OK, this was different from a bit of an itch from the start. It began suddenly one day but I wasn't immediately concerned thought it might be worms or candida or possibly heamerroids Super vigilant about my diet and did the canesten/haemmerrhoid treatment thing straight away by buying creams from pharmacists but this itch was incredibly persistant. Really horrible. Woke up scratching about every hour at night and using germolene all the time to dull itching. After 5 weeks of worsening symptoms no improvement so went to doctor. He prescribed Trimovate, which I had heard of (a combination cream - antifungal, antibiotic, steroid). No improvement for 5 days then a day of intense itching then all itching gone. I was then back to sleeping through the night (and wow i appreciate it) and have way more energy in the day. It seems a small thing but it wasn't at all. I have no idea what caused the itching but I have since realised that it was doing more than make me itch - it was sapping my energy and making me feel really despondent. I now feel almost euphoric. The itch has gone completely and I have more energy. Thanks to other contributors here for their advice and best of luck, don't despair, see your doctor asap.

Posted by Optional on 03/06/2012 at 01:15

Had the problem for 4 years, so awful. Been "cured" for 6 months. I feel your pain, it ain't funny at all to be tearing your ass up twice a day or more. Went to doctor and he explained it was mainly a fungus problem, with the heat from the hemmorhoids exacerbating the situation and not allowing it to heal. He scheduled me for 5 appointments over two months in which he shrank my hemmoroids using an IRC 2100 machine, which stands for infrared coagulation. No surgery, no side effects, could feel it working right away. During that time used wet wipes 4 times a day, dried the area, then lotrimin spray three times a day which hurt like holy hell. Had to wipe it off right away at first, but after a week of the routine it wasn't that bad. And better than the constant pain and irritation of the last 4 years. Also used a simple diaper rash cream with active ingredient of zinc oxide on the area twice a day. Both the lotrimin and cream were advised by doctor also. The infrared coagulation treatment cost a total of $1200, but I didn't care, great money spent, would've spent way more to get rid of the misery. I think the problem was pretty much resolved by the third visit, so probably could've saved about $400 by skipping the last two visits, but I just listened to the doctor, and did the whole regimen. Like I said, I feel like it was cheap anyway. I don't know if it helped, but I also threw away all my old underwear and bought all new stuff. If you don't got the money, maybe try the wet wipes, lotrimin spray, and cream. If it isn't working, get your ass to the doctor and get the irc done already. It's not bad at all, it takes a couple minutes each time, if that. The doctors are all professionals who see this stuff everyday so they don't care. Any awkwardness you feel will be dwarfed by the relief. I don't know what the hell I was waiting for, I was busy with work, whatever else. But damn I wish I had done it way earlier, could've been better a long time ago. Feeling great now, all healed. I use the lotrimin spray maybe twice a week and the zinc oxide cream once a day. I'd rather not have spent ten minutes writing this, but I feel like I had to pay it forward. When I was looking around the internet for some help and I came to this site I didn't appreciate having to wade through tons of joke posts. So hopefully this advice ends up helping someone.

Posted by banteme on 17/05/2012 at 04:24

I have had anal itching befor 10 years ago i go to GP and gave me a medicen which helped me untile now but suddenly the itching is came back after all those year so i don,t know what to do b/s i do not remenber the name of medicene that i took and i live diffrent country now!

Posted by Optional on 14/05/2012 at 02:30

People please do not use steroid creams for anal eczema. Either see a dermatologist or use natural products. Do not see a local GP. Steroid products only work for a couple of weeks, then the itch reoccurs worse and worse. I've had anal eczema for 3.5 years and everyday I wish I had a new and because of the embarrassment I experience and unpleasant feeling of itchiness.

Posted by Emma on 14/05/2012 at 12:10

Suffered for three months, life was a total misery, tried several OTC preparations (witch hazel based, nappy rash treatments, tea tree oil, coconut oil, lavender oil, Lanacane powder, etc etc) and lots of home remedies (corn starch, ACV) and even Internet based offerings (Simply Soothing wipes). Nothing really fixed the problem so resorted to going to see my GP. She prescribed Trimovate cream which works on three levels: a mild steroid to stop the itching, an antibacterial to clear up any infection and an anti fungal to deal with any yeast based issues. After 48 hours I was completely symptom free and had my first uninterrupted night's sleep in literally months. I feel like an idiot for not going to see my doc sooner. I would recommend this ointment 100%. I'm over the moon with the results. You probably don't realise how miserable an itchy bum can make you. Once it's gone, it's like a new lease of life. Don't hesitate, go see your GP!!

Posted by Curtis on 06/05/2012 at 08:37

Try N°2B or N°2H you can get it at www.TriniteOrganiques.com It will surprise you how well an all natural product will stop itching and burning. If your itchy butt is severe get the H, it's much stronger

Posted by Optional on 03/05/2012 at 02:31

So many people write about this subject and copy so-called facts from different sourced but none of them have ever had it or gotten rid of it, I HAVE. Creams, diet, these are not the solution. The problem is the constant rubbing with toilet paper and then when the itch starts you rub even more and make it worse. The solution is to get a Hand Bidet Sprayer and now you are getting clean (and cleaner too!) with water and you are not rubbing and removing so much of the bodies natural oils that it needs. End of problem, I know.

Posted by Very distressed person on 26/04/2012 at 09:02

Please help, need to get rid of the itching at night, it is driving me mad!! Have tried just about everything but all make the symptoms worse, what to do?!

Posted by Don on 06/04/2012 at 09:44

Hi All - please check my previous comment (Posted by Don on 21/09/2009 at 11:08). This is a backup report 2½ years on, and I am still using the Bepanthen cream with the beneficial results I reported back then. It WORKS !! Don

Posted by Optional on 05/04/2012 at 03:56

hi i have read your couses and cure for itching, but my problem is that i itch both at my anus and around my penis and my penis also give a bad smell, what could couse this problem and how do i cure it?

Posted by Stacy on 28/03/2012 at 06:48

Hi, I thought I'd add my story. After reading the comments here, especially the ones that said don't give up & you can beat this, I thought I'd try a few things: - Colonhydrotherapy - I went for 5 sessions within 2 weeks (yes expensive) - Saw my doctor and she prescribed an antibiotic - Metronidazol 500 MG, 3x/day, for seven days AND Clotrimazole and Betamethason Cream I am happy to say my problem is 95% gone. I think it was mostly the colonics and the antibiotics combination (I had a bad case). For the remaining 5%, I am going to try Metumucal as recommended by some of the posters here. I'll repost if the problem goes away completely. In the NY or NJ area, 5 Star Colonics is the BEST PLACE TO GO. I hope this helps someone. Thanks everyone to your helpful comments here.

Posted by stressed mum xxx on 26/03/2012 at 12:24

i really need sumthin to stop my poor daughter from itching at night time,she has thread worms and ive treated her for it but the night time itching is keeping us both awake,help us please x

Posted by maame on 19/03/2012 at 04:48

i have a big pile just outside my anus and its really irritating bcuz its itches all the time for almost 2 years now...pls help me

Posted by Optional on 15/03/2012 at 11:52

I read in a forum once that Cornflour or aka Cornscratch (US)was good for keeping areas like this dry and moisture free. It worked for me for soreness/redness under the foreskin for those uncircumcised, I use it now all the time after showering and it has never come back. Unfortunately not so successful in the other area, but may be worth persevering for longer period.

Posted by Optional on 10/03/2012 at 04:32

I have suffered with daily itchiness for at least 5 years and can totally sympathize with others that have it. I've tried many different remedies, eliminating certain foods from diet, more fiber and a number of different prescription creams to no avail. I thought I'd never be rid of this until I saw a specialist and he prescribed an ointment called Elocom 0.1% Mometasone Furoate. I used it once a day for 3 days and it's now been 3 weeks since I have had no itchiness at all. I'm absolutely ecstatic. I can't promise it will work for everyone but I certainly hope it helps some of you.

Posted by Owel on 27/02/2012 at 08:48

i used cethapil cleanser + vitamin A & D ointment.

Posted by Optional on 16/02/2012 at 07:45

I used rubbing alcohol swabs after a exterminator friend told me how effective rubbing alcohol was a killing bed bugs and other parasites. I put it on right before bed and no problems thus far. Stings a bit at first but no big deal. Good luck.

Posted by Optional on 14/02/2012 at 11:21

Hey all, just thought I'd add my story: I was itching like crazy for like two weeks; first I thought I had pinworms, then a fungus and I tried treatments for both. Nothing worked. I realized that I was sweating a lot in that area and after applying an antifugal powder several times a day for several days, the itching went away. I am absolutely positive that it worked because it dried the region out and prevented moisture from accumulating. At the time I was working 40+ hours a week in a green house during the summer -- and sweating like a pig. Since then the itch only comes back when I am sweating a lot. All I have to do is apply some powder for a couple of days and it dries the region and the itching goes away. Hope this helps.

Posted by Jsee on 14/02/2012 at 06:54

After suffering with the constant itching and burning for more than a year and the money spent on creams and prep-h, it all finally came down to my wits end. Two weeks after a bowl movement, the pain was unbearable. The usual creams just did not work. Plus I was tired of always having to take prep-h wipes with me anytime I step away from home. My wife suggested taking Metamucil because of the watery bowl movements suggesting I needed more fiber. Well this was the BEST advice I had ever received from my wife. After two weeks and taking it twice a day, I am 99% pain and itch free!!. Basically it came down to me not having enough fiber in my system. My bowls are just about normal now and no pain or itching after I go. I don't even take the creams with me anymore when I leave the house. Having more fiber was the secret for me. The best part is that this is no band aid like creams. This is my solution. The root of the problem. I now make sure that fiber is a part of my daily diet.

Posted by Joe on 22/01/2012 at 04:07

For what its worth.... My own experience.... I have worked many years in road construction, and jock itch ( which is like diaper rash) is a common problem. Corn starch was the answer. I kept a box in the pickup truck. Everyone on my crew realized the almost immediate relief. No more raw skin, itching, burning. Keeps everything DRY! Try it. You probably have some in the cupboard. ALSO: Pure Virgin Coconut Oil. (excerpt from article ) :The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing,: ¨(http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html) I have been using coconut oil for years. Anal itch be gone! It has also completely eliminated the eczema in my scalp, the psoriasis on my knees and elbows. Can,t beat it for losing weight... I was 194 lbs in March... now 170 lbs. Believe it! Its also anti-parasitic... It will kill those worms..eggs..larvae Use only Pure Virgin Coconut Oil. Take 3 tsp a day. The only side effects are...... better health! I use coconut oil in the deep fryer. Makes fabulous HEALTHY french fries. Use it for frying and baking. I,m not a doc. I,m just one beggar telling another beggar where to find food. This is working for me and many others. Get rid of that anal itch. Or any other. Corn starch will keep it dry. Coconut oil will help it heal. Use it internally as well as externally. I know this will help.

Posted by Optional on 13/01/2012 at 03:44

I first experienced this problem 2 years ago. After trying all sorts of over the counter remedies with no success, I finally talked to my ob/gyn about it. She prescribed a steroid cream which helped while I used it but the problem always came back. I was concerned about the long term effects of the steroid and also beliived that it was helping the symptoms but not solving the problem. In December I read some of the comments on this site about "simply Soothing" wipes and decided to order some. For me, using them has eliminated an embarrassing, miserable condition. I absolutely have no connection with this company. I'm a middle aged woman from mid-Missouri and I just wanted to share my story. This is a great product and it, literally, changed my life.

Posted by Optional on 11/01/2012 at 10:00

my bum is itching every night when i go to bed i go boxing twice a week and work up a sweat . i also work hard which causes me to sweat would that make me saw and itchy or do i have crabs

Posted by Optional on 09/01/2012 at 07:10

I have tried all sorts of medical lotions and potions, which provided some relief but never lasting. After looking on this site I saw the recommendation for simply soothing wipes. You get them online for about £5 for 20 ( they do sting for the first few days) my symptoms where greatly alleviated after the first week, by the second they where gone. Thanks for this fantastic advice. Try them you have nothing to loose.

Posted by Optional on 08/01/2012 at 07:03

I am a mother of 4, and i have suffed itching all my life, i remember as a little girl my mum using witch hazel to help? ? ? ouch! as skin was always broken. as I got older i tried lots of different things, Nothing helped. . . After each birth of my children i developed piles, Midwife said she's seen worse! :-C so mine can't be that bad? eh? I have found that on holiday itching becomes un-bareable. I am not obese and I Don't over sweat to exstent am WET, but i do have a big bottom,and what has make itching worse is i have put on a couple of pounds over the years (10 stones or 140 pounds total weight for 5foot 3inches)Average i think. But my itching keeps me awake for hours at night, then up early with the little ones, my lack of sleep has be diagnosed as post natal depression, but when you get 3 hours sleep a night you can't be emotionally stable. As i said earlier, the more kids i had the worse it got. Resently (past 18 months) it kicks off the week before my period starts and continues until a couple of days after it stops. so i am extremely uncomfortable, irritable and exsausted, half my life and i feel like i am really missing out on enjoying my little children. The rest of the time i am a very very happy contented person. . . so my message here is PLEASE someone take the itching anus problem seriously and find a medical cure we can go to our local doctor for, You'd be a millionaire over night as i bet there is more with this SERIOUS problem that people would believe. sorry for letting off steam a little but the side effects are life affecting for some of us (me) and i am sure i am not the only mother like this out there. good luck and relief soon x x

Posted by Marvin on 22/12/2011 at 04:16

I constantly had an itch to the point were I scratched so hard it caused bleeding. A friend of mine who is a doctor reckoned that moisture was the main cause of my anal itching and advised applying talcum powder to the area. This only made it worse. He then suggested using a cream that was oil not water based. I tried Mama Nature's Salveation and have never looked back. Since using it my anus region has been normal again. I think neals yard remedies make a similar product but I'll stick with the one I know. If it's not broken why fix it.

Posted by CB on 16/12/2011 at 08:34

I have been itching for over 20 years or more. Learned to live with it. Usually flared up following foods that had pepper in it or other spicy foods. I would itch it so bad it would get open sores. I used hydrocortizone cream sometimes to relieve it but very temporary. Until.....A few weeks ago I just started putting on a small small amount of Equate Brand "Diaper Rash Relief". I have put in on everyday after shower and it is amazing! I have eaten some of my most damaging foods and no itching!! So far so good.

Posted by Optional on 14/12/2011 at 11:55

I have found Triamcinotone Acetonide along with phenazopyridine and Cephalexin 5oomg presribed worked wonders in three days to stop the anal and vagial itching. Please try it men and women you may be pleasantly surprised and relieved. I guess it is all a part off yeast infections. Men don't be embarrassed try it. You may have had sex with your sig other and contracted it. Who knows. Try it.

Posted by Optional on 08/12/2011 at 07:26

Ma anus has been itchy 4 some yrs just to discover that i hve got sme grwth and its gettin wrse they hve grwn out of ma anal and the soroundin skin! help

Posted by Optional on 03/12/2011 at 01:08

just looked on this site for the first time, my god some sad stories, i had anal itching on and off for far to long, all the doctors and creams, waste of time, did my own research nearly a bloody whole year, could write a book, but the only arse hole of interest would be some politician,anyway it's all down to chemicals around the stools, which are released from other internal organs. simply create a barrier around the anal exit after one night no more itching. any none perfumed lube, clean with water then apply. martin clarke cheer up mate this really is the cure. life is a pain with this problem, but when you find a real cure, thats when you have tears in your eyes believe me.

Posted by Optional on 01/12/2011 at 05:14

Thank you for this site. Ive been suffering with this problem for about a year and a half. Ive tried many things and seen a doctor and a specialist with no help or relief. Yesterday i read on here to use the Benadryl itch relief stick. Well i tried and ohmygoodness it works! I got my first peaceful night sleep in a long time. I cant tell you how relieved i am. Its only been a day, but the change is remarkable. Im so thankful.

Posted by Optional on 01/12/2011 at 02:13

My anal area is itchy so is my penis i hav taken antiboitics n other meds that my doc gav me, Bt it stil itchies n wen i scratch it feels good. My girl friend does nt feel anything bt during intercourse she has a lot of white discharge. She also has a clear discharge

Posted by Hazel on 27/11/2011 at 04:16

I've been diagnosed as having Pruitis Ani and it's been going on for about 2 months. I've seen 2 gynocologists, 1 dermatologist, one colon/rectal specilaist, one regular family practitioner and one surgeon. 3 of them told me I had it, one said i had external hemmorhoids, one said i had internal and one said i may have an anal tag. If I know one thing, I know that doctors do not know shit about this issue. Don't feel bad if you have this and havent seen one because for the most part they wont be able to help you. I'll just say what has helped for me. It was pretty severe for a while but I have tried a wide variety of things and I will shed some light on what hasnt helped and what seems to make it better. When the skin was severely dry and cracked I used Aquaphor.. I used that until i found something that worked even better, its called A and D ointment. That helped moisturize the area and for a good portion of the day the itching was minimal. I also noticed when im out walking in the cooler weather it's like I dont feel any irritation at all (I work outside.) When I am at home and have to use the bathroom I soak in the tub (or shower) after and I use a product called "Balneol." I try not to use any soap on the area becauase I believe it dries it out in a bad way. Balneol can be used as much as you like. It cleans the area and also moisturizes it. I wouldnt suggest "just" using water because that will not clean out all the fecal matter and in my opinion it will cause irritation and make you want to scratch. Balneol can be used when you are not at home, I just wet the toliet paper with water and try to clean most of the area with that.. and then I put a little Balneol on it and that TOTALLY helps clean it without having to rub the area too hard. I wouldnt recommend using pure alcohol like some sites have suggested. I would also stay away from any wipes or even Tucs (which is really just witch hazel.) I feel using many things have made it worse and kept it irritated. One thing lately that has helped and I have learned by trial and error is you have to keep the area dry. I lightly dust the area with Desenex powder. Its for athletes foot. I keep a piece of cotton in between the area that gets warm and tends to sweat. You have to pull the cotton apart really thin so you can barely feel it. I put a little bit of Desenex on the cotton and it seems to keep it dry and keeps the itch away. I dont know if it will go away for good but it's definately made things more comfortable for me throughout the day. I wonder if this is a fungal thing because I did have a really bad fungal rash in my groin area in the summer and wonder if it didnt spread to the anal area. It seems to bother me now only at about 4 in the morning.. but the key is to resist scratching. I also keep an ice pack in between my legs when I sleep.. that has helped keep the area from getting warm. If you read some of these sites they will make claims about this "issue" not being a serious health concern, more of a just an annoyance. Obviously the person making that statement has never had to suffer with it and doesnt realize how life altering it can be. If sleepless nights and a sexless relationship isnt a serious concern.. i dont know what is.

Posted by Optional on 25/11/2011 at 06:54

Cured after year and a half. First had it back in college once or twice a year but would always clear after a day or two with hydrocortisone cream. Tried everything this past year and a half to no avail then switched to nearly exclusively eating organic food and an organic salad every day, taking fish oil (had already been taking multi & emergen-c) and it cleared up in a week! Coincidence or some allergic reaction to the chemicals sprayed on conventional food, lack of nutrients and the genetically modified foods?

Posted by Optional on 21/11/2011 at 09:00

I tried the simply soothing wipes after reading about them on here. I was genuinely skeptical about the idea of a wipe sorting out a prblem that had not been solved by visits to the doctor and various creams. However, I felt I did not have an awful lot to lose so gave them a try - they have cleared the problem in only a few days. I would advise anyone suffering with this problem to give them a try.

Posted by Rose on 21/11/2011 at 05:14

I would like to share this with you as I know the misery of anal itching. I Had miserable night-time anal itch for 18 months. Dr diagnosed fungal skin infection and prescribed a cortisone cream -Daktacort which didn't work. Following that, I tried numerous creams etc all to no avail. I finally consulted a different Doctor who prescribed TRIMOVATE cream. Brilliant! I had my first nights uninterrupted sleep after the first application. All irritation gone after 4 days. I urge you to try it! Hope this helps.

Posted by sweetmia on 10/11/2011 at 02:48

hello everybody,i would like to tell you that like all of us with this problem we have seen many doctors and we have used many therapy that were not for what we really suffer . after trying skin doctors corticoids cremes ( very bad mistake!) and driving myself crazy over one year with this anal itching then at the end i found out what it is : i have the sugar lever to high! not a diabetic yet but after i found a good doctor and told him i tried like all kind of therapy , he told me is nothing but your sugar ! no candida, no hemoroids, no other things but sugar, drop your blood sugar and everything it will be just fine, high blood sugar cause anal and vaginal itching. so all i use when the itching is driving me crazy is simple nivea becouse anyway nothing else will work as long my sugar is high. so i stop eating white bred, fast food, pizza, sweeties, colas and other bad thing like this , it is better but not cured. so please before you transform yourself in a labor mouse and try so many different cremes and god knows what else things that do worse then better, please check your blood. and learn more about high sugar level what damage can do to you . the problem is that you dont have no symptoms and you dont feel sick but on the long run is vey bad. thank you and i hope i can help with something.

Posted by DAVE KENT on 04/11/2011 at 06:13

This helped alot. Thank You

Posted by joey on 03/11/2011 at 11:19

Has any one try wheat germ oil on your butt hole I read in medical book that its will cure it in 6 weeks but I have not try it yet. Also Jax that wrote on the coconut oil can you use it in your butt hole and inside the ckeeks safely please let me know before I try it. Joey Duckie

Posted by Optional on 02/11/2011 at 09:02

hi i've small cuts around my anus and on the lips of vagina, could this be thrush?

Posted by martin clarke on 02/11/2011 at 08:42

hi everyone, i've had an extremly itchy anus that has taken me to my wits end on numerous occasions, its gone on for about 3 years and at times i've been left crying on my knees beside the toilet. I've read that you should not use wet wipes but my anus is impossible to clean with dry paper,i mean i can wipe and wipe but the paper is always left striped with dirt and blood, how can my fizures be expected to heal if i'm always opening my bowels over the open sores? i've tried all the creams i can buy over the counter and i've tried washing my butt with a shower over the bath after each time i go to the toilet.my wife always comes up with suggestions that dont work and im too embarrassed to get my ringer out at the doctors. my anus skin has thinned to the point where its bleeding all over. i guess my night time scrathing doesn't help but whats a man to do eh? i'm rubbing clear honey on it at the minute as i heard that works but am yet to see an improvement after 3 days experimenting. don't recommend lemon juice! but i did try it once as i heard it clears infection, but the stinging was unbearable. sometimes my anus also smells a bit fishy too, anyone know what thats about? i'm always flatulizing which drives my wife crazy but i can't help it. i feel damned to live in agony and filth for the rest of my life and i can honestly say i'm depressed and panicking over what the future may hold for me, why do we have to go through this? i hate my anus and wish i was born without one...

Posted by Optional on 31/10/2011 at 05:31

I suffered with anal itching for 30 years even after repeated visits to the doctor. I was finally prescribed clotrimazole and betamethasone cream that has taken away the itch in one short week and that was almost two months ago. I can't believe it! Wanted to share my good fortune.

Posted by Jaxxy on 29/10/2011 at 09:16

Well, I'm glad to say that I do not have this problem... yet, I do think I may have something helpful to share. I sure hope so, anyways. . . . For years, I had tons of skin issues--granted I was very ill with other things at the time, but that's rather neither here nor there in this instance. The key concept I feel the need to point out is the effect all of these (WAY over-) powerfully chemical--yet everyday--soaps, medicines and creams have on the body. It's... not good. N-O-T. And I just happen to know firsthand. Well, well. Long, long, painfully long story short, I stopped using your usual commercial soaps and lotions, switching over, instead, to using Burt's Bees shampoos--or in the best-ever cases, African Black Soap (LOOK IT UP! it's WONDERFUL--and not a brand name either, this time). I supposedly had psoriasis--my "dandruff" was so unbelievably horrid that it was more like bleeding scabs on my poor head--as well as a true 12-year case of Athletes' Foot (!... yes, I was miserable!). Mayo Clinic (most cutting-edge technologies & medicines in the world, many say...) medicines & creams?... nope, ZERO help. Only results being more dried-out, more uncomfortable, more RAW skin. Truth is, for years & years (!), nothing helped, until I read (and read and read) up on some different ways of thinking 'healing'. THAT'S when I found Unrefined & Organic Coconut Oil (the best is from coconutoil-online.com!--I've tried a LOT). The articles at that Web site talked about how wonderful the Coconut Oil is for every surface (save eyeballs, I imagine!) of the body... hair, skin, all the way down to metabolism (weight-LOSS aid, it is, in fact! I know, I know, but it's also TRUE). So! I skeptically broke down, and yes, I got some of this Unrefined Coconut Oil stuff--why not? I was desperate, with the itching, clawing, BLEEDING?--and slapped it on all of my body. Guess what?... within two weeks, my 12-year-old Athletes' Foot was GONE (yes, really: Never To Return, as of four years later), my "psoriasis" was closing in on ZERO (I have no dandruff at all, now--still four years after--Really.), and even these odd, itchy dry patches astride my nostrils... LeGone!!! !! ! !! ! NO, I do NOT work for any company that could benefit from making you buy some snake-oily thing or other... it's not made of snakes, it's made of coconuts (LOL. actually, that would be a nice advertisement slogan, hm?). I apologize if this seemed rant-y, or like some sort of product plug (It's NOT)--in fact, I'm not feeling well enough tonight to even think quite straight, let alone write; I just HAD to tell everyone what I found out!! I mean... I just saw everyone in embarrassing pain and... well, I FOUND something! Something that helps skin irritations, cuts, you name it--after all, this whole-some oil IS touted to be "antibacterial", "antiseptic", AND "anti-fungal". This time, though, it IS--all of the above and much much much more. It's delicious to eat, too... Please Try?... I'd love to know how it helps! With Love, Just Jaxxy... =). P.S.~ There are other unrefined oils that work well, too... don't give up, please! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 !!! !! ! !! !!!...!

Posted by Winnie on 17/10/2011 at 03:53

My doctor gave me a brief + limited explanation and a sole piece of advice "dont scratch". I found out myself that cold water washing/cleaning helped but I have lot more to try now. thank you so much

Posted by Optional on 15/10/2011 at 11:35

Not having problems with itch in the anal area it's more like a prickly feeling. Feels like you have wire wool between the butt cheeks. Used nappy rash cream for the past 3 years, helps a bit but tends to soak through clothes and leaves greasy marks. Without the cream I find it difficult to even walk without pain. Can also feel like somebody is constantly sticking pins in the area. At my wits end as I can't lead a normal life. Does anybody else have this? or any solution?

Posted by Optional on 22/09/2011 at 11:34

I've suffered with an itchy anal area for the past 40 years, or so. The itch stems from a hemorrhoid problem. Sweating contributes to the condition. Initially, I tried Tux Pads and dusting with Baby Powder - also used, off the shelve hemorrhoid creams, as well - the problem would only be screened for a short period - never eliminated - now I'm seeing a Doctor and taking prescription medication for hemorrhoids and for fungal itch of this natural, sweaty body area - None of these eliminate the problem - I've always showered a couple of times a day, and kept the area clean and dry - if itch persists, the best way I've found to temporarily stop it ( to get some sleep ) is to dab the area a couple of times with Witch Hazel.( It burns slightly but quickly eliminates the itch - you could also dilute the Witch Hazel further, with water to lower the percentage - much cheaper, than buying Tux.) Another quick trick is to use Absorbine Junior for Athletes Feet

Posted by Dave on 14/09/2011 at 08:27

I'm a male 31 years old, married. I have been seeing clear discharge in my penis, it started like itchy, with milky discharge and after I took antibiotics no signs of itchy feeling but still seeing clear discharge, then itchy rectum. It is close to two months now since I started experiencing this problem. What could be happening ???????

Posted by DonKeno on 11/09/2011 at 10:57

Wow Dr Phil, you are a natural. I am an RN but really had no idea how to treat jock it (on myself), especially in the groin. Occasionally, maybe once every few months I'll get an anal itch that is spectacuar, that's why I watched your video. Now I feel qualified to pass your info on to my patients. Your natural relaxed personality, with that sly grin simply makes people forget their embarrassment with These problems. Thanks.

Posted by Optional on 11/09/2011 at 04:41

Try to make this quick. Itchy around anus for 1.5 years. Slowly getting worse, now spread around entire butt crack and through to groin area. Was at my wits end. Felt my sex life would be gone, and every night, morning, and shower was torture. It was overwhelming. Tried so many creams, ointments, procedures, and nothing worked. My doctor happened to just mention that eczema is common in the anal area, but there was nothing there, didn't appear to be dry skin, never felt dry or flaky, just itched. So, based on that passing mention I tried Triamcinolone Acetonide cream that I use for eczema on my hands. After applying a layer of this, I also rubbed in O'keeffes's working Hands cream over it. The next morning, I woke up feeling about 70% better. I have continued for 3 days and I feel like a new man. The itching is 99% gone, and the 1% left is probably psychological. The O'Keefes is available at the register of Lowe's Home Improvement. I think it is about $10. Like many of you I am sweaty/cold in that body area almost all day. I work in a non heated/non AC warehouse everyday building furniture, and my hands have always been bad because of this. My wife just picked the cream up for me to try. It may not even be needed along with the Rx medicine, but I'm not gonna stop using whatever seems to be working. The Rx medicine is a generic, so it isn't even expensive w/o a Rx plan. I know this won't work for everyone, but I was about to give up hope when I stumbled on my solution. Good luck everyone.

Posted by billy wol on 06/09/2011 at 10:58

I am writing in the hope this will help others.For the last 2 years or so I have suffered from the most AWFUL itchy bottom.At its worst,I was having to visit the bathroom 4 or five times a day at work to wipe.During this time,I visited two Doctors who prescribed numerous creams and /or tablets.I also had sessions with Doctors at the hospital where I had tests for alergies.I also had a camera inserted for examination.It is fair to say that at its worst life was very miserable.It was not just itching-about 30 minutes after I had been to the toilet,the burning started and there then followed a long period of itching.Walking was very difficult. The last time I visited the Doctor I was told I had a "sore bum" and was given the same cream as I had been prescribed 2 years previous !!!!!!!!!!!! I decided to search the web.To cut a long story short,I found out I was suffering from Pruritus Ani.I also found a web site called "simplysoothing.co.uk".I purchased a packet of wipes from the site and used them daily.IN TWO WEEKS I FELT BETTER.I found the owner of the site,Ginney,to be VERY helpfull and friendly.I have been using the wipes now for about six months.I find using two wipes a day keeps the condition away.Should the irritation flare up again I use more untill it settles. I AM WRTITING THIS MAIL IN THE HOPE IT HELPS OTHERS WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM THIS VERY EMBARASING PROBLEM.The simply soothing wipes worked for me and they are certainly worth trying.The company is VERY honest and VERY reliable.Thank you. ps I am not connected with the company-I am just a BIG fan.They helped me and I am sure they will help you pps a year later I still use them.One per day keeps the problem away.I am still enjoying life thanks to my wipes.

Posted by Optional on 06/09/2011 at 08:19

I have had an anal "itch" diagnosed as a fungal infection, for over six years now. Initially, I was told to use Lamasil cream, which relieves the itch temporarily, but has never been able to clear it up. I have also been prescribed lamasil tablets that were also useless. Finally, I was prescribed 500mg Grifulvin, for one a day for six months, which did not help. This was doubled to two a day for six months, and seemed to be working. I think another month or two would have finally cleared everything up, as I no longer felt any itching, but I lost my job and insurance, and the problem returned two weeks after my final dosage.

Posted by HJ on 05/09/2011 at 01:59

Hello! Just wanted to write and share my story. I suffered with anal itch off and on for years, to the point where I was nearly at my wit's end. The itch was so intense that I couldn't help myself from scratching til I bled, which to be sure didn't take long, as that skin is so delicate. I tried everything to stop the itch--powders, creams, soaks, whatever--which gave some relief, but no cure. I saw doctors for the anal fissures I had, and considered surgery, unsure if the the itch (and scratching) was cause of the fissures, or if the fissures (or something worse) was the cause of the itch. I finally came to realize what was the true cause when one day I ran out of the wet wipes that I used to use daily, since using regular tissue was too dry and would cause pain and bleeding. Instead I decided to just spit on the tp to make it moist enough to wipe with. I did that for a few days and realized that the itching went away! 100% gone! I can't tell you if there was an ingredient in the wet wipe that was irritating my skin, or there was some enzyme in my saliva that stopped the cause of the itch, but either way it is GONE. That was a year and a half ago. I used to read this board all the time, and only now have thought to tell my success story--that is how little I think of the problem that used to be nearly all I could think about. To be careful, I still wipe myself that way--using tissue that I have spit on. It may seem a little gross, but let me tell you, it has saved me from the torture of constant, severe anal itch. I hope this helps others who are suffering!

Posted by Optional on 28/08/2011 at 11:30

Hello People on website I use Baby power after I shower and its helps to keep my butt cheeks dry and you have no more itching.So try it and let me know if work for you. Joey Duckie

Posted by kos on 27/08/2011 at 06:28

Suffering for 4 years and no help.

Posted by Optional on 25/08/2011 at 10:21

I had itching for to many years to mention.to embarressed to go to doctors,finally got the courage to go , gave me canesten HC to try, but a week before going met a person in my taxi and started talking about other things to do with chinese medicine and herbs,advised to drink one cup of nettle tea a day as this helps to purify your system,I believe alot of things we suffer from come within side us,guess what,now itch free for 3 months,still got the cream,but hardly used it,just carry on drinking the tea,can only share my experiance of what once, was a pain in the back side,now im free

Posted by Optional on 23/08/2011 at 07:37

I use toothpaste on my anus before i sleep, leave for 4 minutes and then wash off. Most of my nights are itch-free, but if i dont use the toothpaste the itch comes back.

Posted by Jord on 22/08/2011 at 01:01

I have had genital warts for around a year now i no by my anus, i have cauliflower clusters and they itch so bad ALL THE TIME! I DEARNT go to the doctor im so scared i no there to help but im just so worried and shocked, how can i prevent the itching what do i do:(

Posted by Optional on 11/08/2011 at 02:10

Am very confused it al startd days ago.and when the itch start thought it wil come and pass but its getting worse becouse i even bleed and used vaseline now its more than worse its irritating.and scarde to tel family.what must i use i mean when it come's to medicine and what kind of wipe must i use.to be honest am stressed and confused please help.idont want my family to know just want 2help my self by buying medicine to the pharmacyst.please help

Posted by AJ on 05/08/2011 at 01:36

I had severe itching at night for many months, and I used many different creams but nothing works for me, recently my Doctor gave me Topicort Mild Desoximatasone Cream USP 0.05%. I used this cream one week and all itching was gone. So I hope this cream works for you

Posted by Jluke on 04/08/2011 at 08:04

Recently I started riding a bycicle for excersise, it's been days after that and by butt has been really sore it's been like a week and a half now and I still have that.I thought it was because my seat on my mountain bike was thin and uncomfortable . It feels like it's itchy and I'm scared it might be something else. I would love if anyone can provide some info to help me out thanks.

Posted by Optional on 04/08/2011 at 11:56

I used to suffer from bouts of anal itching, not as serious as some people on here but still extremely irritating! Anyway, it's now cleared up so I thought I share how I eventually got rid of it. I went to my doctor and she didn't find anything wrong. I tried applying sudocreme after going to the toilet and that was ok for a while but the longer I used it the worse it got. So like after about 3 weeks I realised it was just making it worse. I read that those types of creams can actually 'thin' out your skin and make it more sensitive so just encourage more itching! I would advise people not to use any heavy creams if they can help it - hard I know! Anyway, after reading some comment on here I stopped using the sudocreme and started washing my bum in the shower after each bm (I had a week off work and was at home so this was possible). I stopped washing the area with shower gel, just used warm water and made sure it was thoroughly clean. Then, to make sure it was really dry I used a hair dryer (on low heat!) to get rid of all moisture. I did this every time I used the toilet for a week. Then when I went back to work and wasn't able to shower everytime I used those simply soothing wipes (again recommended on this site). After wiping with toilet paper I used the wipes to make sure the are was completely clean. They stung a bit but nothing too bad. But honestly, they are great. It took a few weeks but eventually the itch was gone. I think it's the vinegar in the wipes that does it as I've read elsewhere that cider apple vinegar works. So I guess you don't have to buy the wipes, you could just use vinegar but for me the wipes were pretty handy for when i'm out and about. Anyway, not saying this will cure everybody's itching bum but for me it really worked.

Posted by Optional on 01/08/2011 at 09:29

Red patch.Very sore.hurts to sit down.when i like stretch my legs out the patch kind of splits into little look alike cuts.help me I don't know what it is or how do I get rid of it?

Posted by Optional on 30/07/2011 at 05:36

7 years, same problem, had colonoscopy, no pollups, just hemmoiroids, prescribed proctosydyl cream and suppositories, still hasnt gone away, bleeding occurs, the supposotories do help.. but problem persists.. tired of sticking my finger up my ass to scratch.. metamucil does help but you fart up a storm, which is fun in empty elevators or office chair stinky fart game but really shouldnt be habit forming. So, dunno, am wits end. Operation? am going to go get some tucks pads... they help a bit too.

Posted by Zanstorm on 25/07/2011 at 07:27

A question: Do you fart a lot? Do you have high stomach acid levels? This is what caused my itching. High moisture and low hygiene around the rectal area. So since I couldn't stop the farting part, I stuck a folded tissue between my butt cheeks in that area. No, it wasn't comfortable, but it kept it dry. The "rash" healed and now I'm good! Oh, and use soft tissue, not that cheap papery crap. That just aggravates it.

Posted by SOMETHING THAT WORKS on 25/07/2011 at 07:17

I found something that works for the perianal redness that is so hard to diagnose. This solution is so simple it is hard to believe. After doing a lot of the things I found here myself I noticed the redness responds to 2 percent Iodine. research iodine and you will see why When I discovered the redness started going away I switched to SSKI and I have ordered Lugols 5 percent iodine. Apply the iodine ( your choice after you find the one that works best for you) dry with a fan then apply desitin ointment. This forms a seal that makes the iodine more effective. It only took about 3 or 4 days for the redness to almost go away. I think the lugols will finish it up. When the redness goes away switch to a powder and leave off iodine unless needed. A good powder is Zesorb AF for a while then swith to baby powder SURE HOPE THIS HELPS A LOT OF YOU. TOOK ME A LONG TIME TO DISCOVER THIS COMBINATION.

Posted by Optional on 18/07/2011 at 07:17

Thanks alo0o0o0t for ur help...it gives us alo0o0ot of information...thanks again

Posted by dip on 17/07/2011 at 08:16

My anal is itching for 3 days,i am given Fusibact 2 cream is it good or not?

Posted by butthole sufferer on 17/07/2011 at 03:45

i had an itchy booty this week. the scratching at night was driving me insane. i had to go into the restroom and look at what was causing my discomfort. it was the first time i have ever seen that part of my body and i can say that i go through my entire life and not have to see anything like that again. yuck. i never knew i had such a hairy booty hole. anyhow, the ass crack area was dry and light colored. i put some lotion in that area (another experience i could live without), and everything felt better for a while. i think i just had to moisturize the irritated area to relieve the itch. i still don't know how or why this whole situation occurred. it's like the mystery of the hairy ass crack. i sure wish nancy drew was here.

Posted by Optional on 12/07/2011 at 10:40

I read out of health book that wheat germ oil is supose to cure your problam so have not try yet but I am going to when get money buy some I had problem for 2 years now and its seem be worse in summer time then the winter time and summer time ist 110 degrees so sweat more outside then in winter months. so I just use cold water to wash my butt out and use baby power and seem to help some but there got be a cure some were out there in are world and hope some one will find the cure for this butt problem.

Posted by Itchy and Scratchy Show on 09/07/2011 at 01:36

great forum thanks for all your comments will make use of them.

Posted by bigrob on 08/07/2011 at 06:17

Hi,i go to the toilet normaly,sometime loose,sometime broken up,after my wipe call it the last wipe,quiet often theres very small white bits on tissue(not tissue)it smells funny,sorry a different smell to the norm,my bum itches most of the day also i dont need to go and i think im grtting some sort of discharge,iv had this for a while now and is really irratating me now

Posted by * * * RELIEF * * * on 26/06/2011 at 10:41

I have suffered for this for over a year, and finally found a cure. I had all of the symptoms listed from the other readers. I researched online, and tried every trick I could. I did 2 things... one being I read that yeast infections can occur in that area. My itching was so severe at times, so I gave it a try. I bought the cream injection kind. It brought relief for 2 days, and then the symptoms were back. The base of my big toenail became infected, and so I saw the Dr. for an antibiotic. It was under the bed of the nail, swollen and painful. He gave me an antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections. It was called cephalexin 500mg. (I was too embarassed to talk to my Dr. about the anal problem)... well, everything happens for a reason, because upon taking this medicine, my symptoms lessened, and are completely gone. I am praying the dosage was strong enough to completely fight it off. I took 3 tablets, a day for 5 days. You can't go wrong seeing a doctor, there are so many posts to these kinds of threads, that it is probably more common than we all really think. I am currently enrolled in a microbiology class, and learning about these sorts of viruses. They are brutal and don't give up. I kept thinking I'd get better. Well the only way I got better was a lucky antibiotic. Noone ever comes back to say what worked for them, so I felt obligated to do so. I wish you all peace, and wellness... take care of yourselves.

Posted by Optional on 26/06/2011 at 04:10

For Anal itch:Tea tree oil, diluted with a bit of water applied to area twice a day. The only thing that has worked for me

Posted by Andrew on 21/06/2011 at 12:09

I have dealt with this issue daily for about 1 year. I realized that the skin between my butt cheecks was always moist from sweat or possible leakage from hemmorroids. Every day I had to scrach! A lightbulb went off about 1 week ago and I have not had the itch since (first time in 1 year!). The solution: take about 4 squares of toilet paper, fold in half 3 or 4 times and place it between your butt cheeks. Change every few hours or as needed. It has worked for me, hope it works for you!

Posted by bri on 20/06/2011 at 06:56

i have had this itch on my anal area for about a month now . it seems to be getting worse i am a very hygienic person ,also make sure the area is as dry as possible at all times . wish i knew the cause of it . will have to swallow my pride i think and pay the doc a visit!

Posted by Guido on 18/06/2011 at 07:05

I have an itchy anus for about 18 months now. I have been to my GP which he gave me some natural ideas, like trying an ice cube or cold face cloth as he could not see any inflammation or anal fissure or hemorrhoids. These ideas work for about 15 minutes. I then was referred to a Dermatologist and she gave me some weak cortisone creams and they do work for the itching but are short lived, maybe on a good day they last for 5 or 6 hours. I went back to her after 3 months and she recommended a cream called " Calmostatin" it contains no cortisone, but it does contain, menthol, zinc oxide and calamine and a few other natural herbs. It does stop the itch for about 6 to 8 hours and there is no need to worry about starting the itch /scratch cycle kind of like "rebound" conditions when you are trying to clear a stuffy nose and you get trapped in using nasal sprays. I have quit using paper tissues and now only use moistened wipes, which I think has made a big difference as well. I haven't found a "cure" yet, but I will continue to try the natural remedies and start looking at my diet too. I have been eating a lot of 7 grain breads instead of white bread, which I have incorporated into my diet for the last several years, as I do not like white bread any longer, maybe this may be the cause too. I will experiment with this idea in the next week. Anyways, that's it for now. Hope these ideas help.

Posted by SAVED on 16/06/2011 at 05:47

oh my god i am saved from this torment,i need to tell you thought that people here have anal itching but for diffrent causes.my reason was a scratch probably or a loss of hygiene cant be 100% sure. i used babypowder because of the moisture in this place and the result was very bad at start but as time whent throught the itsching gone.But that was not the "cure" for me. i also tried inside of banana field ..my god dont even try this it makes even worse ,i can understand the reason behind this suggestion (it makes the tounge numb) but in anal area its like suicide. i didnt want to use chemicals also so i tried the good hygiene after the daily visit in toilet that really worked :Clean the area always with water in the paper, avoid scratcing the area no matter what,try to clean the center of the anus until all dirt is gone.after several cleans it will get better and better and the more moisture has the ordure the better so constipation is a problem

Posted by Bum on 16/06/2011 at 02:59

Man o Man did his hit me hard for the last month. Tried Tucks and work for a day then found myself using more and more for about a week with no relief. Had some spotty bleeding and said F it, if theres bleeding theres a cut. Looked at and diagnosed myself. Seen micro cuts on the perianal surface. So I tried NEOSPORIN. Only a few days in and havent felt this great in a WHILE. Just my .02

Posted by Optional on 13/06/2011 at 04:05

I have this problem: It started after having had sex with my wife. My wife uses some kind of contraception [INJECTION] for family planning. I took it lightly. And eventually the pain disappeared, until the following week when we had sex again. The pain came back, more severe than the first time. It starts from penis [worse when i urinate], it goes through the scrotum/balls to anus. It hasnt showed sign of stopping as yet. I need to know, WHAT THE PROBLEM COULD BE; HOW IT GOT STARTED AND WHAT IS THE CAUSE. Thanking you in advance.

Posted by Micky on 09/06/2011 at 06:31

My itching anus has strarted 3 months ago and its driving me nuts...I cant stand ppl picking their nose in public let alone me picking me bum...aaar...I will try the aquaous cream wash but wash I must... Thanks for the tips I realy did not want to go to the doctor with this either, just too embarrasing....I pray we all get this sorted soon

Posted by Optional on 05/06/2011 at 11:05

I have experienced a pastry smelly substance above my ass between my butts slightly itchy only experience it at the end of the day I shower well and use wet tissue paper to wipe after. Anyone with a similar experience and solved?

Posted by Optional on 04/06/2011 at 11:48

have had itchy anal region for years; tried everything; proctydl cream from drs helps;i found the site hilarious as i can empathise with you all. however it is also comforting (if i can add that!) that so many of us are trying to help each other. no wonder dogs rub their asses on the ground-they don't have fingers!yuk.

Posted by Bee on 31/05/2011 at 08:29

What would cause perianal itching and vulval itching on side only . It looks like psoriais, also growth of hair peri-anal region

Posted by Optional on 30/05/2011 at 07:19

I have suffered from this 'condition' for nearly 8 years now and after reading this and others experiences had no idea there were so many sufferers out there. Thanks to everyone for their input on this subject as its not something openly talked about. I currently use cortisone cream from the doctors which helps but there has been some other things written here which I may try. I have also found that food allergies are often the culprit but are difficult to diagnose. Thanks again

Posted by Optional on 28/05/2011 at 03:18

I had anal itching for a couple of months. I had tried OTC hydrocortisone cream, the doctor suggested prescription strength. The only thing that helped me for a while was to use my shower head and give the area a through cleaning about twice a day and keep the area as dry as possible afterwards. When I came across this site during my online research, one of the comments suggested that the aluminium in anti-perspirants might be the cause for the itching. I had switched from a deodarant to an anti-perspirant a couple of months ago and decided to stop using it to see if that works. I took about 8 weeks for the itching to completely go away but surely it did. Thank god. It was really getting on my nerves. I went and looked at quite a few different brands of anti-perspirants and all of them seem to have some form of aluminium in them. I wanted to thank whoever the original comment was from on this site and put aluminium in anti-perspirants as a reason out there hoping it will help somebody else.

Posted by Optional on 28/05/2011 at 08:30

use fissan baby bum cream, enriched with zinc oxide it works

Posted by Lindsey on 26/05/2011 at 09:43

Hi, i'm Lindsey and evrey single night I have extreamly ichy problums and when I look insind of my vigina i somtimes see LITTLE WHITE THINGS MOVE, so I get a piece of some tolet paper and get it and flus it. now my my butt really iches more like hurts. FEELS LIKE I GOT SHOT IN THE "DOWN" AREA! Please HELP ME!

Posted by Optional on 26/05/2011 at 03:29

My anal itching began shortly after I was rimmed. After about 6 weeks I couldn't take it anymore so I went to my dermatologist. He took a culture swab from my butt and it turned out to be Strep. I am now on an antibiotic which is helping and hope to be rid of it soon.

Posted by josie on 24/05/2011 at 10:18

I'm treating myself and son for the second infestation of threadworms in 6 months at my wits end, doing everything I should do and more but just keep coming back!

Posted by ... on 17/05/2011 at 05:48

I've had an itchy anus for a while now. It itches after I poo. Sometimes it would be itchy and I would need to fart, in which after I have it goes away. I seem to think that it is my pubic hair around my anus. Which causes it to itch. I'm too embarrassed to go to my GP. This article has helped me so much and now I don't have to worry. :)

Posted by 4 months everyday of anal itch but now finally gone. on 14/05/2011 at 01:02

For anyone having severe Anal itch try metamucil. I went through an antibiotic treatment for H-Pylori. After my week was done with it, 2 days later i started getting extreme anal itching. My bowelmovements had changed so much from getting rid of the H-Pylori. Well i tried everything i could think of. it's been 4 months of non stop anal itching. Well 4 days ago i bought metamucil capsules. I take 2 a day with two 8px glasses of water and all of a sudden my anal itch is gone, my stool has gone back to normal. I can actually go back outside and have my one and a half hour walks again. This might not work for everyone but it worked for me. Give it a try and good luck. Even getting a sweaty butt crack hasn't made it itch. I hope this tip can help someone else.

Posted by Sick&Tired; on 12/05/2011 at 06:53

I have had this itch for almost two and a half years now. It did go away about two years ago but only for about three months. There is no pattern to the severity of my itch. It does not correlate with my menstrual cycle, or bowel movements, or sleep. It is itchy all the time. I have tried everything: vasoline, aloe vera, vicks, polysporin calomine, lanocane and other random products. I have tried countless prescribed products, mainly steroids. No doctors ever did any tests. I am curious about yeast/fungus/parasites. After reading this site, a few people mentioned the simply soothing wipes that can be ordered from England, i tried those and they seem to relieve the itching for at least a little whlie when they work at all. I am running out of ideas and running out of hope. I am so tired of being constantly itchy, it is interfering with my life. HELP ME

Posted by need help on 11/05/2011 at 11:25

i have a rash on my vaginal area inside and out and anal area and i went to see the doctor but she said she doesnt know what it is she never seen anything like it before we ran all test it was negitive yet i still have this rash and it wont go away can someone help me i used all kinds of rash creams baby powder medicated and sat for day in bath tub with plain salt and other days with epsom salt and still wont go away

Posted by Optional on 10/05/2011 at 07:02

I have had this itch for a few years and it would come and go. This spring it got to the point where I had to go see the doc. He said it was a yeast fungus and gave me 2 weeks worth of Diflucan and Nystatin cream. After 3 weeks with not much relief, I tried a swab with white vinegar which burned like crazy. Using a blow drier with the setting on cool seemed to help and then applying the Nystatin cream. I also have started to use tea tree oil with a swab and I am having some relief at last. I hope that is finally going away for good. It seems to be dry and flaky now, no itch, I am hoping!!!

Posted by Optional on 08/05/2011 at 12:57

No matter what healthcare professionals tell you, do NOT discount food sensitivities, intolerances, and allergies because they can cause problems like this. For me, the problem was onions. I've always had mild reactions to onions (strong aftertaste for hours and light-headedness) but I ate them anyway because I love them. I started eating a lot of them a few months ago, then developed itching problems, which I'd never had before. I didn't immediately make a correlation, but once I noticed I felt fine on days that I didn't eat onions, I stopped eating them and have had no itching (or anxiety) problems since. I think it's a histamine reaction I have to the onion.

Posted by Doctor Anus on 07/05/2011 at 09:16

I saw a dermatologist for my anus. I had ezcema on it which is very unpleasant. What he recommended was not to scratch it at all because it can star the whole itchiness process again which you do not want to have. He also recommended to use QV Wash which is quite popular which an alternative to soap. QV Wash rehydrates the skin and keeps it healthy and clean. Also he told me to put this ointment called Diprosome twice a day. Once in the morning and once at around 4/5 oclock. And he also told me to buy this other cream called Egoderm which is used to apply once a day just before you go to bed so it prevents you from itching it. He said it will take 6-8 weeks till it completley dissapears then all you'll need to do is probaly apply the cream once a week and keep washing your anus with QV Wash. Also the good thing about these creams is none of them sting when applying them. Hope this helps you guys should really try this out if your suffering from anus itchiness.

Posted by HAZZA on 06/05/2011 at 12:30

This is my story and if any of this seems familiar then hopefully my solution to the problem could also be yours. I have had itching for a long time but managed it by using various creams - all with mild anesthetics. Recently I found that the creams effects were wearing off much quicker and I was suddenly needing more and more applications. Then suddenly the itching got REALLY bad and I HAD to sort it out.This is my research so far. Every one sweats but some folk like myself have excessive sweating around the anus. This sweat and lovely warm environment forms an ideal breeding ground for the bacteria that naturally live on the skin. As they multiply they produce a slimy substance that causes the intense itching - you can feel it in the sweat.The anesthetic in creams work for a short while but actually make the problem worse by trapping in the sweat and bacteria.To break out of this cycle you HAVE TO THINK DRY. To get myself sorted out I bought a big bottle of talcum powder and pack of large cotton wool pads. I also dedicated the whole weekend to the treatment.Starting on saturday morning - applied powder to hot, soggy and inflamed skin around anus.15 mins later had to reapply due to the sweat breaking through and then restarting the itching. This went on all day but the time periods getting longer between applications. After 12 hours the skin around the anus had dried out and shrunk back to nearly normal size.At night tried to sleep on my side at wear a bumpad to reduce the sweating. By the end of the weekend I had the itching under control - for the first time in years. I do not think that this is a 'cure' - I am still working on this - but by keeping my bum dry I can at least manage the problem.

Posted by Northernguy on 20/04/2011 at 05:26

Very informative, thorough and well laid out. Thank you!

Posted by Optional on 20/04/2011 at 01:28

Lavander oil works wonders!!

Posted by Optional on 14/04/2011 at 07:31

As it stands, my anal itch and tingles have abated, during both night and day. It took just a couple of days to feel the full effect of my simple treatment. Firstly, wash your anus with warm water only. While in the bath gently pull your anus open and massage a finger on the delicate skin and the surrounding area. Secondly, apply 'aloe pure' aloe vera gel, made with 100% organic aloe vera by Ransom, twice a day. After a few days cut down to a single application before bed. It has been roughly a month since I began this treatment and so far it has worked. I have stuck to the nightly application. I may discontinue this in the near future however. Needless to say, you may use any brand of aloe vera gel you please. The aforementioned is what I used. If you're looking for something to try then warm water and a £3 gel might be worth a go.

Posted by david on 13/04/2011 at 10:50

please i need real help i have this itchy anus and when i excrete i see some mucus please what can i do i need help. and i guess it is affecting my manhood too

Posted by Al on 13/04/2011 at 05:20

I have lived in the southeastern portion of the United States most of my life. The only time I have the anal itching is during the summer when temperatures heat up in this area. It is almost impossible to keep that area dry as well as other areas of skin that tend to rub together as the day wears on. We use a diaper ointment during the day to keep from getting infected but you can't use it everyday because the skin gets irritated. So before you become immune to the ointments you need to let the skin recover which unfortunately, begins this cycle all over again. Hydocortisone creams won't cure the problem. One method that definetely helps was suggested to me by my wife. It is applying an ice bag to the effected area. The cold tends to dry the area out and also alleviate the itching. I just fill up an ice bag and sit on it for a while it helps tremendously. Just my 2 cents for what's it worth. Also for those men suffering from crotch rot or jock itch; another constant summer problem, you need to apply a fungicide like clotrimazole, sold under brand names like Lotrimin AF or Lamisil here in the States. That regimen consists of trying to keep that area as dry as possible and washing it twice a day to apply a thin layer of the ointment. Do this faithfully and that itch will be cured. Also, the ice treatment for this area works tremendously well. Most of these problems seem to have a fungus based beginning that moisture only accelerates or pertetuates so in the end it is going to take a antifungal to alleviate the condition. I love the winters and cold weather because my symptoms almost completely disappear with the downturn in temperatures. I love the sun too but sweat and moisture is a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria and fungus.

Posted by Buttman on 13/04/2011 at 04:50

I've had really bad anal itching for almost 2 years now. I've been to doctors and specialists, all saying its hemmoroids. I've done everything, changed diet, had many bandings done, tried every cream, gel, suppository, and little has helped. I even went as far to have a colonoscopy to make sure nothing else was wrong. So far, most creams work for about a week if that and then stop working as the area becomes to sensitive to it. Right now, I am using a benadryl itch stopping gel and it has helped a lot. I hope it continues to keep the area from itching so it can heal! Any other remedies would be greatly appreciated!

Posted by Optional on 12/04/2011 at 11:22

Has any tried the proctoclean device? http://www.analprophylaxis.com/en/start/index.asp Interested to hear any comments. It makes alot of sense.

Posted by Optional on 12/04/2011 at 06:22

Randomly out of nowhere i found my bum really itchy around the (not on) but around the anus. It's been like this a couple of months, but it's like a super power it begins to itch before i need to go to the toilet so i always prepare myself. But it's gone to far enough is enough, no piles, no worms just an itchy bum... HELP!!!

Posted by Optional on 11/04/2011 at 01:19

hi i just want say that i have itching onto my anus and around that area which is so irratating it is happeneing to me since last year well i dont have any pain but it`s just itching and i have scratched my place which result is that my skin around anus has became black so i don t understand what to do

Posted by Help...Need Advice! on 07/04/2011 at 10:30

Wow...didn't realise so many people suffer with this problem, all the people that must be suffering around us and desperately trying not to show it! I have had anal itching for the past two years since getting pregnant with my first son and I got piles...it never went away! The doctor says they're 'tags' and 'banded' them a couple of months ago...it did nothing. I'm starting to panic though because I have been having the same problems with my vagina, likes its traveled over there too (and no-one else seems to have this)...but maybe its a different problem but such a coincidence to be exactly the same! I'm so fed up, I have not told my hubbie and now, since having my second son (7 months), I won't have intercourse with him...our marriage is slightly troubled but I can't bring myself to talk about it. Lastly, I do have Ulcerative Colitis and don't know if this is an issue. ALL ADVICE APPRECIATED!

Posted by Optional on 05/04/2011 at 06:25

i have had threadworms twice before and got rid of them with medicine and through out my life i have eaten uite a bit of food and have had an itchy anal but it would go the next day about 3 weeks ago i took the medicine but my bum kept itching me and my mum realised that i must have an infection everytime i eat a bit to much food it sets off the itching and sometimes when i dont have that much the itching comes,iv had an ichy anal before from eating to much food but it would go the next day my mum has told me to cut down on food and i have tried but the iching always comes from when i eat some food it had stopped for a while after i didnt eat much food but today i felt deep itching and it is icthing a little bit i dont know if i have worms or not i would like to know if anyone knows whats wrong with me even if i do have worms or not i would like to know if you think i have an infection. thankyou xx

Posted by Hope it helps - itchy piles and worms on 02/04/2011 at 03:55

Not saying this will work for you (before anyone moans at me, and I don't work for soothing wipes, just to clear that up...) but here are a couple of ideas that worked for me re itchy bum/piles and worms. In answer to the worms question when i was about ten, pre-internet, I had worms. Too embarassed to tell my parents as my siblings shunned me after the last time we all had to have worm medicine cos of me, I took myself off to the library and looked up herbal things. It suggested garlic to kill the worms and I know I went nuts with it. I must have bought it and eaten it raw as we didn't have it in those days and so wouln't have cooked it up and alerted anyone to my plight. I might even have stuck a clove up my bum but i'm a bit loathe to say I'd recommend that! Anyway it worked for me - not had them since, it's been 31 years, but like i say i did go slightly nuts with the quantities! Secondly piles, I heard this tip which I use when have a desperately itchy bum which i think is caused by piles. I wipe a bit of toothpaste on there. It's a tip I read somewhere and it seems to work. Again, not recommending, just passing on the love! I'm going to try some of these new suggestions now myself - thank you.

Posted by Optional on 01/04/2011 at 03:28

i have anal pain and itching for 10 years

Posted by No more Itchy now on 30/03/2011 at 06:42

I had itchy problem for the past year and it scared the hell out of me so I decided to see the STD doc and fortunately everything was ok. The doctor recommended me to the over counter product and it was wasted money and helpless. I finally decided to take my butt to the skin doctor and he recommended me to use Lotrisone ( Clotrimazole and Betamethasone) and amazingly I have no more itchy now. Never ever have sex with stranger in my life again!

Posted by Optional on 30/03/2011 at 02:59

I had intense anal itching for years, tried everything under the sun and then found one cure: Oxypads. One clean with an Oxypad and the itching stopped for a couple of days, another application and it was gone for good. Don't know what's in it but it works. You will be doing a little Oxypad dance after as it will sting but it is well worth it.

Posted by Embarrasingly itchy !! on 29/03/2011 at 11:34

It comes and goes, I had already worked out that sweating etc can make the problem worse......not sure if "anusol" (spelling may be wrong) would help or should I just wear a kilt through the summer and let nature take it's course. An itchy bum seems hardly worth bothering the doctor with, but it can be a bit embarrasing sitting there squirming trying to relieve the itching !!

Posted by Optional on 29/03/2011 at 11:32

After I go to the toilet & have wiped ( I've tried toilet paper then non alcohol wipes) my bum gets really ichy & find myself having to go back to keep wiping clean. I wipe clean first time but always have to wipe clean again.... HELP! Please this has been going on now for 5 years & enough is enough now.

Posted by Chip on 28/03/2011 at 08:23

There are some good comments here (see John's post below for a good strategy) and an increasing number of success stories it seems. I'd like to add to those as a person who suffered for many years from this condition and am now generally free of it. I experienced intense itching, regular tears in the skin (fissures), painful to the touch at times, usually worse at night. I did the whole doctor thing, used ointments, suppositories, anti-fungals, etc. without results. But then I found this article and followed some suggestions. The turning point came when I did the following: Little to no dairy and a thorough cleaning of the anus each shower. The latter I feel more strongly about as I have resumed my dairy intake in moderation. I recommend gently cleaning the outer and inner anus (no deeper than 1 inch) each time you shower, preferably after a bowel movement, using no soap and your fingers. I know it sounds gross but you'll be in the shower anyways so you'll come out clean. All we're trying to do is clear the area of anything that may contribute to the itching sensation and practicing good hygiene. I know that this won't work for everyone but it is a free experiment as opposed to regular doctors visits. Good luck to you all.

Posted by Optional on 28/03/2011 at 03:18

I have had an anal itch for about 10 years I just manage it with creams extra I was hoping it would go away over time is this exceptional to have this problem for such a long time

Posted by Shower Deep Reamer on 26/03/2011 at 06:01

BTW, Been -there-done-that, I didn't mean "scribblings" in a derogatory way. Like what you wrote was just scribbles, and meaningless. No, far from it. Your posting was greatly appreciated and great advice/info that I will be using. I just used the wrong word there.

Posted by Shower Deep Reamer on 26/03/2011 at 03:23

Hey Been -there-done-that, Yep I still check in here from time to time and thank you for your scribblings. Good suggestions you have and that is actually my next move. I do have a another theory of what could be causing this. I am trying to trace this back to when it started and what changed in my life. Kinda hard because it's been over a year. However about a year ago, one thing that was new was I started using a new antiperspirants that is very high in Aluminum Chloride. The highest on the market I think. I am suspecting Aluminum poisoning. The side effects for this high concentrate product is itching, although supposedly locally ( in the pits ) but high concentrations of Aluminum in the body could cause irritation elsewhere. This would also explain why so many people are affected with anal itching whith Doctors not finding the cause. So for the past month I have stopped all use of antiperspirants and am using a deodorant only. Additionally I have been drinking unsweetened cocoa for an antioxidant to help clear the Aluminum. I don't think a lot of people would give up too soon with this because Aluminum could take time to rid from the body. First 3 weeks no difference, but this 4th week has been substantially better. I'm hoping this is the cause. If all itching goes away in ( and for ) a few weeks, I will use the antiperspirant again to see if the itch comes back. At that time I will have concluded that Aluminum poisoning is the cause. I am being my own guinea pig. If not, I am going to go through your suggestions and have a colonic irrigation. I'm glad you posted because it give me hope if my theory proves wrong.

Posted by Optional on 24/03/2011 at 06:00

all i needed to do was go in the shower and use sanex shower wash, which is for sensitive skin which you can buy anywhere and it has gone :D

Posted by Manfield on 24/03/2011 at 08:36

I found this article to be extremely helpful. Thank you

Posted by Optional on 22/03/2011 at 09:45

I will try my best to follow the suggestions

Posted by John on 18/03/2011 at 09:30

I've suffered with this for about 10 years. I've also had terrible psoriasis on my scalp, in and behind my ears and on my face under my eyes. A couple months ago I went on an elimination diet (brown rice, veggies and lean meats) and slowly started adding things back to see which foods aggravate the issue. What I found: -Wheat Gluten seems to be the primary culprite for the anal itch. With no wheat in my diet I am FINALLY itch free after 10 years of suffering. -Dairy is responsible for the psoriasis. Without dairy my skin and scalp has completely cleared up. I can have a little cheese and maybe ice cream as a treat, but if I have a latte at Starbucks I'm in bad shape the very next day. I seem to have very little tolerance for dairy. -Also, I don't do great with white Potato. It seems to aggravate both the itch and my skin. I also eliminated anything with cornstarch as this is not my friend either. Another thing that has helped greatly - a good probiotic. Just do a google search to find one that's highly rated and take it everyday. Lastly, regular exercise helps greatly. I've lost 30 pounds in the past two years and this has cleared up many digestion problems. So basically gluten and dairy-free, probiotic and regular exercise and I'm a happy man!

Posted by Been -there-done-that on 18/03/2011 at 07:04

(if you are still checking in "Deep Shower Reamer" read on...) I first started suffering from this in my early twenties. I tried the creams e.t.c that the doctor prescribed, no good. Went to an Iridologist (not for this problem but just for a general health diagnosis as I also had other irritating skin issues) and she said I had an irritated/unhealthy bowel and recommended a proffessional who administers Colonic Irrigation. So I gave it a try. I think it was around four sessions weekly. The itching was cured. The idea is that, over the years we put quite a lot of junk through our bodies and remains can build up in the bowels tiny "pockets" and never get flushed through. So it sits there "festering". You can see how the irritation is seeded. Anyhow, the colonic irrigation thouroughly cleans the bowel and renews it to a healthy state. No irritation. It worked for me anyhow. Now, nearly a couple of decades later I am nearing 40 and guess what? Bloody itching again. So, I'm guessing I've got "junk build up" again. I for one will be going to the Colonic Irrigation specialist again. I would definately recommend this over enemas (although I have not tried that) as I think an enema doesn't go deep into the bowel and is fairly ineffective at dislodging "stuck" remnants. By the way, the colonic irrigation does not hurt. It is only slightly uncomfortable upon insertion - naturally - but the irrigation is fine. A proffessional will know what they are doing and talk you through it and make you feel at ease. Good if you can go to one you've heard of by word of mouth or do some research and make sure at least they have some credentials. Cheers.

Posted by Optional on 17/03/2011 at 06:09

Yes, I think that this issue is for lifetime. I have it for 12 years to the point that it wakes me in a middle of the night and I think I will go crazy. It started after by second pregnancy and it never went away. My doctor tells me that it is absolutely normal and that everybody has it. I just sincerely wish she would have it too.

Posted by Relieved! on 17/03/2011 at 09:02

After 2 FULL years of terrible anal itching, pain passing stools and general depression due to all of the above...it's gone! I've had all the symptoms most of you have and even went to a dermatologist for excimar laser treatment (did not work) Finally for about the FIFTH time went to back to a GP. She put me on Fluconazol, Amoclan and Zentel (these are all prescription antifungal / antibiotics. At the same time she prescribed Scheriproct suppositories (for haemorroids) btw. this is the only thing that actually works for me for piles! AND a total miracle cream which is what actually healed the severe red burn-like rash and itching. The pharmacy mixed it up for me from her prescription: Persivate Cream 30g (this is a cortisone as far as I know), Fucidin 15g. These get mixed into Epizone A (bit like aqueous cream) (with no glycerin) I applied it 4 to 5 times a day for 12 days and it's HEALED! About 2 weeks later a slight itching started, I immediately put more of the cream mixture for 3 days and it's now nearly 3 months later. I don't itch, I don't scratch - it IS a miracle. AND I found that eliminating Wheat/Gluten and Milk as well as citrus fruit and curries from my diet also helped. But the cream mixture was the real deal! Hope this helps someone.

Posted by Optional on 15/03/2011 at 07:44

On behalf of this patient found this website and others. She has been suffering from anus itching for about two months (suspect due to the toilet paper) and she also has been trying out methods to treat his anus itching from the info he got from the websites: 1) Change toilet tissue. And wet cleaning with aqueous cream. 2) Use aloe vera & vit E cream 3) took good bacteria capsule 4) took anti fungal tabler 5) wash with anti fungal liquid All of the above make the spot reddish in colour (only left spot) Finally, kepler's/pelvic exercise keep her away from the itching. It is effective after 1 - 2 days practice. Just to share.

Posted by Optional on 13/03/2011 at 04:54

I suffered from hemorrhoids after having my son 25 years ago and the doctor advised me to soak a gauze bandage in witch hazel roll it up and then squeeze a bit of Anusul cream (now Tucks) on it. Tuck it in around the opening of the and leave there overnight while you sleep. You will be amazed... you feel relief in a few minutes but the itching and soreness should be completely gone the next day.

Posted by Optional on 12/03/2011 at 07:42

i Have had this problem for around 20 years now i get the itching under my testicle sack and anal area to embarassed to see a doctor

Posted by Optional on 12/03/2011 at 02:48

I have had this problem for at least 12 yrs, been to the doctors three times, taken tablets to eleiminate threadworm, and again 14 days later, problem still occuring, been given creams to treat, still there, don't know what to do next, I think am losing weight over it, a'v lost 0ne stone since 2000, although I am very active person, can't help thinking that they are feeding on my gut, dont know, any suggestions please.?

Posted by Wayne on 11/03/2011 at 01:58

Hi there...iv had problems with worms for 5 months and nothing is getting rid of them. I've been doctors 8 times and they just give me tablets that u can buy from the chemist. There's White segments in my stool. Pain. Makes me feel depressed I'm losing weight. My doctors don't want to know. Is there anyone else who could help me....

Posted by Greg on 11/03/2011 at 06:10

Had Anal itching,leakage,spasms,shooting pains for years. ( All GONE NOW ! ) . I Quit eating Wheat & Gluten and it all subsided ? Except for the shooting pain which subsided when I cut out the Aspartame!. I am Pain-Free Now! Yah Hoo!!

Posted by Optional on 11/03/2011 at 02:38

1)Genital warts (vulva or penis), caused by papillomavirus, thrive in warm, moist conditions such as the skin near the anus and can be very itchy. How fast can it be noticed? 2)•Genital herpes (caused by herpesvirus) can also infect the anus, and causes itching just before the sores appear and also during the healing stage. how fast can it be noticed?

Posted by Happy and itchless on 10/03/2011 at 09:15

I wrote a couple of months ago saying I was going to try the canasten/celestone combo as well as tea tree oil and not washing the area with soap, just hot water. Well I can very happily report i've had great success. I used the cream combo twice a day for a week, then once a day for the second week. I used tea tree oil for 2 weeks and after that switched to aloe vera gel which is easy to buy at the supermarket. It only cost me about $3.00 au for a big tube and I use it after a bowel motion and i've wiped with toilet paper...I then put some gel on the toilet paper and wipe again. I find it soothing and helps clean thoroughly. I no longer have an itch and get good sleep. I believe in my case at least, that the itch started because of some sort fungus and the cream combo fixed that. Who knows, it may come back in the future, but I know how to treat it now and won't suffer endlessly. YOU CAN FIX THIS!!!!!

Posted by Busy fingers on 10/03/2011 at 09:07

I've suffered from an itchy anus for several years. I'm a diabetic and my Dr told me it's anal fungal infection (thrush) which diabetics are prone to caused by high blood sugar. He prescribed me a prescription only (in the uk at least) version of canestan Hc than contains 1% clotrimamazole and 1% hydrocortisone. This instantly releives the itching and without applying the cream for any period of time the itching can become painful but it certainly ain't no cure. Plus after reading this article it advises hydro-c makes the skin thin which explains the occasional bleeding and the fissures, oh the joy!! On the plus side (which I'd rather there wasn't) scratching that itch can be pleasureable when it's not painful. It's aggravated when unable to cleanse properly after a bowel movement, as this isnt always practical. If anyone has any advice about getting rid of this love to hear as I got bored a long time ago.

Posted by ND on 08/03/2011 at 09:53

thanks this info is a big and surely will help me in discussing my situation related to this topic to my doctor in my coming visit to him.

Posted by Optional on 08/03/2011 at 04:43

have suffered with an itchy and stinging bum, for 8 months now, driving me mad. Have been to doctors 4 times about it, at last refering me to hospital. Have tried just about every known remedy to know avail, always gets really bad at night

Posted by Bryan on 06/03/2011 at 04:30

I have suffered from itchy bum for the last 6 years. I tried anusol, wipes, all sorts - itr never went away and was just so frustrating BUT I found a cure and am now completely itch free! Hydrocortisone cream - used it 4 or 5 times and the itch has just gone. It worked so well that its almost disappointing that I will never have that "relieving" itch again.. If you have an itch, get some hyrdro asap! good luck

Posted by Optional on 05/03/2011 at 05:43

My doctor prescibed Proctosedyl ointment using a very small amount every 3-4 days has kept my itching under control. (Warning do not use to much as it can leak through your pants!)

Posted by Deep Shower Reamer on 02/03/2011 at 10:41

I would agree that hygiene has a significant roll in managing it but not entirely. I rinse after every bowel movement and shower every day but there are times when absolutely nothing works. Since the doctors have tested me for just about everything and have no definite answer I have concluded that since I am older ( 50 ) I believe the anus has become relaxed and whatever is in the lower bowels is leaking out irritating the anus itself and the surrounding skin. Boy does it get itchy .. whoah. What I am wondering is if anyone has tried an enema, even a home method, or further a high colonic. I would think these methods might just allow relief for enough time for the anus and area to get a grasp on actual healing making it stronger and more resistent to the itch.

Posted by Itchy ring on 01/03/2011 at 07:44

The cure, is all down to hygeine. Not too much, not too little. Like most people, I tried scratching it, creams, washing mulitiple times a day. Most of these things worked, intially but then, as most posters have found, it comes back with a vengeance! So, the cure for me (and several other posters it would seem) is to use wipes. I use non-scented baby wipes by 'Simple', with 'soothing camomile'! The secret is to not over-do the wiping, once the wipe comes away clean, STOP! I have been using this method for months now and so far (touch wood), it's still working. I am a bit concerned about keeping myself 'moisturised' but since the baby wipes are of the 'moisturised' variety, I'll wait and see what happens. For me, wipes ended years of suffering, secretly scratching etc etc.

Posted by simply soothing on 28/02/2011 at 10:24

Simply Soothing would like to respond. No one working for us has posted on this site, such advertising is not allowed. Secondly, if you look at www.simplysoothing.co.uk website we clearly state that anyone with this problem should see a doctor. However, conventional treatment does not completely resolve the problem for many people and Simply Soothing has been shown to greatly benefit people who have no underlying medical problem but are experiencing itching and discomfort; an inbalance due to use of topical creams or oversensitized skin. We have many satisfied customers and indeed thank all of them who have made favourable comments about Simply Soothing. We are pleased to have helped them get back to a normal happy life.

Posted by Optional on 27/02/2011 at 11:22

i never suffered from anal itching untill i had a camera in there about 2yrs ago and have suffered ever since. i wash every time i go to toilet and keep the area clean and dry, but i still suffer from itching.i've tryed every thing.....

Posted by Optional on 27/02/2011 at 06:03

Deep Wiping Bill, If your still out there I want to say that my situation is almost completely identical to yours. History of hemerroids, although not too serious, manageable. Itching started about a year ago. Like many others have tried doctors creams, suppositories etc.. which work temporarily and sometimes make it worse in the longer run. You end up with a whitish puckered sensitive mess if you use them too long. Anyway, what I do instead of the deep wiping method is identical except I after each bowel movement, and also at times where it is bothering me too much, instead I hop in the shower, turn my backside to the running water and relax my spinchter. Then stick my little finger in and wipe all around inside the immediate walls. Finger goes in about 3-4 times and very gently. This, has been the only thing I can do to effectively manage this.

Posted by Optional on 26/02/2011 at 09:09

I have itching and an annoying skin flap. It drives me crazy when i itch it then it smells and weeps a little. not sure whether it is a fungal infection or pin worms... to stop the itching i bathe in bi carb soda about a cup to a full bath. seems to quit the itch. then let the skin dry out properly before getting dressed usually before bed. its so embarressing. puts a toll on my relationship too as im scared i may freighten my partner.

Posted by Optional on 22/02/2011 at 02:55

can the person working for simply soothing wipes stop posting on this site,i have a real bad problem and yr tryin to say a wipe will sort it out.dont think so...

Posted by VB on 21/02/2011 at 09:59

This problem first arose when I was 14 years old. I have no idea why it started but all I know is that I sure didn't have the logic to use the technological advances that had been provided to me (e.g. a computer = internet). It scared me when it first happened and all that I thought to do was irritate it even further. I mostly irritated the area and if I remember, even coaxed the area with Vaseline! It got worser and I told absolutely no one about it (probably out of embarrassment). The problem vanished after about maybe 2 or 3 weeks. The funny thing was, it barely annoyed me when I was in school. Maybe because I had too much on my mind already. Here it is that the problem had reemerged. It only lasted a week before I had researched it. There were such strange feelings that arose when I did certain things (e.g. poop). But I'm glad its over now (I got smarter). Now, thanks to this website, I truly understand the problem that I was experiencing.

Posted by dude from la on 21/02/2011 at 02:32

i've been having this problem since my 2nd year of college. wow, i hadn't realized how long it's been. anyway, i believe i got it from over-application of Axe body spray (go figure?). it was a come-and-go thing for me but now it feels like it's not going away. right now i only use aveeno hydrocortisone creme when i feel the itch and it temporarily suppresses the itch. i need something more permanent. in college, the doctor recommended i try a topical steroid. can't remember the name of it. but it worked like a charm when i had it. by the way, this itchiness is present both on my anus and my scrotum. i still remember the day i first felt it go through my body. i was in my dorm and felt a warm, itchy rush that went from my scrotum right to my anus. felt like it was in my blood stream. anyway, just looking for other ways to permanently knock this thing out. :(

Posted by Optional on 16/02/2011 at 04:21

Suddenly out of nowwhere my anus started to itchy a lot. At first it felt like something was slightly wriggling or vibrating mostly at night. So after reading online, I thought it was pinworms so I bought zentel wh ich containts albendazole and I believe it worked. But then my anus started to get really itchy at all times of the day and it felt dry or just plain itchy, it didnt feel like it was due to any worms moving around. So day in and day out I would use my bidet to wash the area and scratching the air and pulling at the anus skin from inside felt amazing but the itchiness would always come back hours later. until this morning, I was using the bidet as usual for the sudden itchiness when suddenly I felt something, it wasnt something sudden it just felt like something happened. I look and I see this pus/mucous like secretion which was slightly brown, I sniffed it and it didnt smell like feces. But then the itchiness went away, does anyone know what this was?

Posted by mark on 14/02/2011 at 07:36

I've had this problem for years and numerous creams. Doctor didn't have a clue and its certainly not shower gel/soap. I think I might have found the problem. I think I am allergic to Polyester or man-made fibers. Currently changed all my bedding and sheets to 100% cotton, and if my nights are better I will change all my underwear to the same. Too early to say but I had an excellent first night last night.

Posted by Still sufering on 10/02/2011 at 07:10

Here's a website I found on common anal problems. It lists dozens of problems, some of which I have read on this site. It is a doctors reference to anal examination, and causes of pain and itching: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0615/p2391.html Still suffering after many years, only at night. Witch hazel stings like all hell! Creams keep it moist and sticky. Tried a dry toilet paper wad after gentle cleansing. Going to try Olive Leaf extract next I think.

Posted by Ken on 10/02/2011 at 01:08

have it really bad and the only thing that seems to help is a wet flannel on the area all the creams seem to make me still want to itch ,

Posted by Ralph on 08/02/2011 at 11:49

I suffered this problem for years. I got all sorts of creams from both doctor and chemist, most worked for about a week or so then the problem came back. It was driving me mad! I couldn't sleep, I hated being at work, I felt my life was on hold. I tried simply soothing wipes after a recommendation on here, and they really work. They provided almost instant relief and the problem has gone! They're the only thing I've found that has cured me for good!

Posted by snapperhead on 05/02/2011 at 10:55

I find that a face flannel with warm to hot water is sufficient to take my anal itch away, no hard rubbing just softly for about 5 minutes or so

Posted by Optional on 03/02/2011 at 10:49

Still itchy but might just be today..

Posted by Optional on 02/02/2011 at 12:50

olive leaf extract. lay on your back,hike your legs up and let the olive leaf extract do its magic...it burns but then it immediately stops itching...don't know the nuts and bolts of why it works or the long time side affects..but anything better than an itchy anus! ooohhh that itches!

Posted by Moose on 01/02/2011 at 12:58

For immediate anus relief, i highly recommend using an ice cube to numb the anus. Probably only need a few seconds, too long and you are prone to anice burn!!

Posted by Optional on 31/01/2011 at 05:07

Note on Methylene Blue. Methylene blue is a neurotoxin that will kill the pain sensors. This would only be curing/removing the symptom of pain/itching. If you have a real cause of the itching, like a parasitic infection or food allergy, methylene blue would be the wrong way to go. You need to find and tackle the source of the problem. Don't bother your doctor with suggestions of experimental methylene blue injections.

Posted by Darryl on 29/01/2011 at 03:39

Yes, Comfrey ointment from New Zealand still being made. The makers email address is plantspowernz@gmail.com

Posted by Optional on 28/01/2011 at 10:19

Does garlic really help with anal itching?

Posted by Jon on 25/01/2011 at 04:44

Don't people realize how much conflicting opinions there is in these comments? I know to each his own since some stuff might work on other and not work on other people but it's insane reading some comments here. USE wipes, DON'T use wipes. USE banana peels, DON'T use banana peels. ARG it's so confusing! I've had this itching anus for about 2 months now, thought it was hemorrhoids for so long (maybe it is, don't quite know) and i'm stuck in this vicious circle that is : It itches and i can't take it anymore so i scratch and scratch (and boy does this feel amazing though! the relief when i scratch is sublime, even though in the back of my head i know how much harm i'm doing to myself) until i scratch my anus raw and there's blood, then there's no more itching because it's been replaced by mild pain, and when that pain semi heals it starts to itch again. Rince and repeat! I've tried Prep H (the cream and the cooling gel) and tucks and they work to some extent until i have to go poo. After i poo everything is to start all over again. The thing is with me, i poo alot, i always have for years and years, i poo at least 2-3 times a day so of course my anus can never heal since it's used so often! Hell i WISH i could be constipated, maybe then i would heal! So the consensus is keep it dry right? But i thought dry is what would make it flaky and itchy no?

Posted by Optional on 24/01/2011 at 03:35

THANK YOU! AHHH SO HELPFUL!! XX

Posted by Itchy on 24/01/2011 at 05:45

I have a really itchy buttcrack, and the skin around it sometimes gets white and flaky, and it peels. I have been battling this problem for over a year without any relief. My doctor gave me some prednisone pills for an unrelated issue, and they actually completely cured the problem! My butt felt the best its been in ages! But now that I have stopped taking the prednisone, I have noticed the problem is slowly coming back. Does anyone have any ideas what could be wrong with me, and if there might be another solution besides prednisone?

Posted by Darryl on 22/01/2011 at 09:49

I have been plauged by anal itching and scatching for 30 odd years. Reducing sugar in my diet has helped. I have discovered Comfrey leaves ointment heals anal rawness from scatching wonderfully. A product from New Zealand , I am currently emailing the maker to see if they still produce it. Will repost more info soon.

Posted by JL on 21/01/2011 at 03:46

I've had years of itching in my butt and eventually everything including my vagina. I just figured out how to fix my problem!!!! Gentle soap (aveeno gentle bar soap with oatmeal) and wash gently with your hand. No washcloths!! They are too harsh and then you have the chemicals from the laundry detergent and fabric softeners. Rinse well. BLOW DRY on a cool setting. This keeps the moisture out and the bacteria from forming. Now, here is a hard part. DON'T use wet wipes. If you are a clean freak like me, this will be tough but find other ways to clean after pooping....a shower, wet TP, wet paper towel (but u can't flush them). I have been itch free for 2 1/2 weeks and I am so happy. I've tried all kinds of creams and ointments but they only add moisture and that is not good. I also read that they can thin the skin over time so that is definitely not good either. Good luck!!

Posted by Optional on 20/01/2011 at 05:51

I suffered with the same problem for about 6months. As with a lot of people it seemed to be much worse at night. I tried every cream and ointment known to man with not much lasting relief. I finally tried hydrocortisone cream 1 percent (which you can buy over the counter at the pharmacy) applying 3 times a day for a few weeks and BINGO it worked and I have been symptom free for about a month. I occasionally once a day just to keep it at bay. I put the itch down to an allergy to moist wipes and have now gone back to hypoallergenic loo paper. I hope this helps.

Posted by Optional on 15/01/2011 at 07:32

I too suffered from this problem for almost a year. I went to the doctors 4 times, each time i was prescribed a different cream. I had no symptoms of hemorroids or any other problem that could cause the constant itching. The creams seemed to make it worse due to the moisture. Mine started simply by using a new product in the shower. I spent almost 8 months looking on different sites to see what i could find to cure it myself. I came across a very very small handful of people who recommended a product called simply soothing wipes and i'm so glad i did! i used 2 packets of the wipes and have one in my cupboard just in case and have had no itching for months! The wipes were £4.99 a pack, cheaper than my presciption, so i thought why not, been desperate as i was. If you google simply soothing wipes you will find it's a very small company set up by a few people in England. I have to say I'am so grateful to these people, no waking up during the night scratching myself raw, no awkward moments during the day.

Posted by Joey Duckie on 15/01/2011 at 09:41

I find that warm shower or warm bath will help and eat a 1 can tomatoes every 2 times a week as well as plain yogurt every day apply on your ass let be there all day long will help your ass heal and you will not have problem no more and Dr.Oz on tv said that tomatoes have something in them that helps your ass out.

Posted by Deep Wiping Bill on 12/01/2011 at 07:00

I have managed anal itching successfully for over ten years. The year before that I suffered every day and tried many of the remedies listed below--None worked. On my own, I started using baby wipes to do an internal cleaning of the anus after every bowel movement. This method controls my itching. I call it "Deep Wiping" Here is my procedure: 1) I do a normal wiping with tissue paper after a bowel movement then I start my procedure. 2) I take a half sheet of unscented baby wipe (Huggies Natural Care works best for me)and put it over my forefinger of my wiping hand. 3) I insert my finger with the baby wipe wrap over it into my anus about 1 inch. I do this very carefully. If my sphincter muscle is tight I first apply some hemorrhoid cream to lube my rapped finger. 4) Once inside I gently wipe the walls of the anus. In my case the itch location is always the same spot, which is closest to my front of my body. I know this because as I wipe the spot the itch starts or increase. 5) After wiping I remove my finger and examine the baby wipe to see if there is any fecal matter/stain on the wipe. 6) I repeat the finger insertions until there is no fecal stain on the wipe. I can get about 3 insertions with 1/2 sheet of baby wipe. Each time move the wipe so what goes in is all clean material. It usually takes me 3 to 5 insertions to get a final clean wipe 6) Later in the day I typically have to repeat the finger insertion at least once more when the itching returns. Invariably this follow up wipe will produce a very, very minor stain on the wipe. My slogan is: No stain, No itch. Why does this work for me. My lay person diagnosis is I have a small spot on my anal wall just inside my sphincter that has a predictable and characteristic allergic itch reaction to my diet. I will have an itch if there is even a trace of fecal matter in contact with that spot. The reason all the typical remedies don't work for me is that they don't remove the fecal matter from the allergic spot. I have tried some diet changes but they have not helped. I never tried giving up caffeine. I have reviewed the deep wiping with my doctor. His response is that it is unique and so long as I do no harm it is an unusual and acceptable procedure not unlike a rectal exam in terms of the finger insertion. By the way I also have a history of hemorrhoids and deep wiping has not made them any worse, in fact I think I have less problems with them since I've been using deep wiping. The method works best if I have only 1 bowel movement a day. I stop using it if I have diarrhea and just tolerate the itch till my bowel function is normal. If you want to try the deep wipe method, I recommend that you print this comment out and read it till you memorize the steps. Whenever you do it, ALWAYS pay attention to what your finger is doing so you do not hurt yourself. I would not do this with a long nail on the wiping finger. STOP using it if you feel it is irritating the area, increasing hemorrhoids, etc. At some point early on review the deep wipe method you are doing with your doctor. It takes daily attention but it effectively manages my anal itching and I expect that I will be doing it for the rest of my life. For my condition it is the only thing that works. I would like to know if this method works for others or if my case is unique. I hope it works for others because as you know this problem is a real pain in ass to live with. Perhaps those that try it could post your experiences with deep wiping in this forum. I wish that I had posted the deep wiping method on the web years ago.

Posted by Allergies on 12/01/2011 at 01:00

If you really want to get rid of anal itch and you don't have something verified causing it like a hemorrhoid then start eating a clean diet. No cheating either. Even if you do have a hemorrhoid, a clean diet will drastically help or even eliminate it. We were not designed to eat the garbage that most of us eat. Start eating plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit, and some good quality protein. Don't eat junk food at all. The process will take a few weeks to entirely feel better. But, you will start to feel better in a couple days. Most importantly, if there is a food that you eat that you react to in some way, stop eating eat. I almost guarantee your itch will go away.

Posted by Optional on 12/01/2011 at 01:15

I would like to know why it says perverse in this sentence above "is worth asking yourself whether you are deriving a PERVERSE, almost erotic, pain/pleasure from scratching the itchy area, which is keeping the irritation going."

Posted by DR on 11/01/2011 at 08:51

If you have ruled out all obvious things (fungus, hemorrhoids, worms), then please try DIFLORASONE DIACETATE CREAM. Read on for my story! I have suffered with extreme anal itching for years. I have tried every natural remedy and found them all to be totally useless. I have tried every anti-itch cream and found them to work for only about a half-hour. I have tried treatment for worms, but I don't have worms. I have tried hemorrhoid medicines and sometimes they helped just a little. I have tried anti-fungal meds and they didn't make a difference at all. I have tried switching soaps, eliminating soap, using wipes, not using wipes. Then I remembered that I had this cream in my medicine cabinet that I got when I was a teenager. It was prescribed to me when I had some kind of allergic reaction on my lips. (Not herpes, but some kind of skin allergy.) I kept the cream all these years, for the lip thing would come back maybe once a year and it always helped. So I put the cream on my butt and, instantly, it was cured. Instantly. I used it every day for five days just to be sure, but I have now been itch-fre and cream-free for a month. It is like a miracle cure. I still don;t know what exactly my problem was down there, nor does my doctor. But I don;t even care now that the cure has been found. Try it, for real. I am so relieved I am posting this message wherever I can.

Posted by Optional on 08/01/2011 at 07:39

Tea tree anticeptic cream has been very effective in dealing with the problem.

Posted by Optional on 08/01/2011 at 08:51

****** Try some Polytopic or other antibacterial cream you would normally use for cuts. As a warning though, some types like polysporin can produce an adverse reaction after about a week of use***** It may not work if you stop doing it, but I can go 24 hours with no itch if I put lots of polytopic on. It helps heal everything. Right now I've switched to Penaten on a doctor's advice, as it's supposed to be safe for long time use (it's for babies) and baby wipes. She also says I have to avoid coffee for 3 weeks, as I may be reacting adversely to it. SO--> try gently cleaning bum without harsh wiping, apply antibacterial ointment or baby cream, and try avoiding coffee for about 3 weeks and see if that helps :) Also, GET A SPECIALIST!! If there's anything I've noticed on multiple forums, normal doctors aren't as good as Anus doctors or dermatologists.

Posted by Optional on 07/01/2011 at 01:11

There seems to be a corilation with diet and an itchy butt. I have suffered with this for years. My wife suggested I change my diet to a Gluten free diet and things changed within a week or two. I do cheat on my diet once in a while and then the yeast is produced in the anal region and it becomes a ring of fire with the itch. Hope this helps, look to go to a Gluten free diet for a month or two and see....

Posted by Optional on 05/01/2011 at 07:42

Lotrisone cream works wonders!

Posted by pete on 05/01/2011 at 05:00

I had this problem particularly at night. I tried witch hazel and banana skin but they gave only temporary relief for a few hours. Then tried some Aloe Vera Gel which can be purchased in homeopathic stores like Holland & Barrett. Applied thinly to the sore areas relief was almost immediate. It was the first night for weeks that I had not woken up to scratch myself! Within a week the soreness & itching had gone. I hope this may be of help to other sufferers.

Posted by nocturnal itcher on 05/01/2011 at 09:27

I have suffered "pruritus ani" off-and-on for several years. It seems to get worse when I eat meat or hotly spiced food. Sometimes it is intolerable and disturbs my sleep. It gets worse when there is a build-up of gas in the gut and is somewhat relieved when the gas releases. I have tried many things mentioned in this article. The other night, I spotted a threadworm and have since treated myself (and the rest of the family) with Mebendazole. This seems to have helped. My favourite treatments have been zinc oxide cream (Sudocrem) and haemorrhoid ointment or suppositories with anaesthetic (Germaloids). Good luck; this can be an infuriating condition.

Posted by john on 05/01/2011 at 02:44

Believe it or not, it all started when I sought more hygiene. One day, I saw a coworker grabbing a baby wipe before he went to the restroom. I figured I'd try it once, and once I did, I could not revert back to only using toilet papers. It's been more than 2 years now fighting every night and day with itching/burning. Frequently visiting bathrooms just for some scratch.....Just so embarrassing.....especially around people. I've read and heard many advices(from doctors, from people who frequently suffer from anal itching/piles, from this site and others), and I began trying this. First, I dropped wipes(even the natural/organic/seven gen. wipes sucks!!!) and started using paper towels with warm water(after gentle use of toilet papers). I'd just gently rub or dab after each stool. at night, I'd wet the towel with a warm tea and massage it for few minutes. It's showing a huge improvement already. At this rate, I'm thinking I won't need anything but a bidet, which I plan to get very soon. Try resolving this problem without any medications(creams/gels/pads/powder) as it tends to 'thin' the skin......it can bite you back with worse problems down the road.

Posted by Optional on 05/01/2011 at 02:36

nothing helps

Posted by Optional on 04/01/2011 at 08:36

I anus itches and feels very uncomfortable after bowel movement...i mean after defecating. I have consulted with 2 doctors and first gave me ointment and tablets for piles which I used, but no improvement .I'm damn sure that I'm not suffering with piles, one of the doctor gave me some ointment and suggested to sit on hot bath which im doinging.it has given me some relief. I have taken all the medicine for hookworm, haven even taken Ayurvedic medicine. Pls suggest me some help for complete relief. Sometime I feel like committing suicide because of this.Pls help me

Posted by Allergies on 03/01/2011 at 08:45

I use to suffer from anal itch. Thought it was hemorrhoids. Tried everything, prep H, the stronger prescription version, etc. -nothing worked. The itch was intense. It was so bad it would wake me in the middle of the night. Thought I might even have worms, but no I didn't. Then one day, I had an allergic rash-like outbreak on my forearms, and around my eyes -tiny red spots and itching. I had been taking ibuprofen in strong doses. I stopped and the rash went away and so did the anal itching. Damn, what a relief. This clued me in to all things I eat that may cause this problem. I noticed curry, and similar spices cause anal itching as well. Got allergy tested and had no allergies but the doctor told me I could still have food intolerance problems and that I just needed to be mindful of the foods I eat to see how I react to them. So far I've been itch free and grateful for it. Good luck to all.

Posted by hopeful on 03/01/2011 at 09:42

thank you so much for your brill advice,have been a sufferer for years and so embarrased and i work in the health profession.Had tried every remedy under the sun including the canesten cream,steroid creams and a continual endless list,tried witchazel yesterday for the first time, I soaked the cooled withazel in gauze and applied it to the area I could cry with the sheer joy of a night without itching please give it a go I scared to think it will return to the same degree so i am living in hope,will keep you posted.

Posted by Maureen on 02/01/2011 at 11:32

My problem is a recurring patch of psoriasis low down on my left bum cheek about 2 inches or so from my anus .. at its worst, it makes sitting down properly almost impossible .. I wake up in the night scratching so hard it bleeds .. the skin has become so thin and worn over many years of trying creams, to no avail, then itching and tearing, that the wound is like a burn with open nerve endings .. honestly, it is so sore, the pain's excruciating ! I have tried just about every remedy suggested but it always flares back up .. and seems worse than before because of the skin's thinning .. I cannot put soap or shower gel or any chemicals near this it without hitting the roof .. I've suffered with this on and off for over 30 years but cannot remember it being this painful before .. Is there anyone out there who's had psoriasis in this location and found a permanant cure for it ? I would love to hear from you if you have :) I cannot accept I'm never going to rid of this affliction and will keep trying !

Posted by Optional on 02/01/2011 at 08:47

After reading all the great advice posted here I tried a combination of 3 things and just had my first good night's sleep in many months. So here's what I decided to try: 1. tea tree oil. Stings like hell when you apply it but passes quickly. 2. Canesten cream applied with toilet paper. 3. Resisting the urge to wash my bum with soap and just using hot water in the shower. I did the first 2 points 3 times during the day yesterday. The itching has reduced a lot already. i'll keep you posted.

Posted by Optional on 31/12/2010 at 02:03

I am a very clean sort of person and i always take personal hygeine as a top priority. since I changed the brand of toilet paer I have had this itch for weeks, and it was the andrex bog roll i was buying, I am now using the cheap toilet paper and no more itching, maybe expensive paper is the causing of itching. strange but true

Posted by Optional on 30/12/2010 at 07:01

I have been dealing with this for years and years. The ONLY thing that helps is Gold Bond Extra Strength Medicated Body Powder. It keeps the area dry and the menthol in it cools things off and stops the itching. Works great. I would also suggest getting a bidet attachment for your toilet- it's a sprayer that you can use to spray off your bum instead of wiping it.

Posted by Anon on 29/12/2010 at 03:11

I just started having this today. the last time i had this is last year. I can't realy held it anymore.It's so itchy and im feelin like i had threadworms.

Posted by Optional on 26/12/2010 at 05:21

Im not sure what it is that i have. Ive noticed ive been a lil itchy, but tend to get hemroids often so figured it was that. Just a few days ago i noticed a small pink hair like warm while showering. Im so freaked out thinking that it came from inside me.(hoping from the drains) Ive now noticed some skin irritation on the top of my anus, along the crack. I dont know whats going on. Im afraid if i go to the doctor they will ask for a stool sample. I dont have the stomach for that :(

Posted by Glenn on 25/12/2010 at 12:52

I've had this problem since childhood and I found the information informative and helpful. I will keep looking for my solution and hopefully rid myself of a nightmare of itching I endure every night still. THANKS!

Posted by Optional on 23/12/2010 at 02:48

i give up,,sitting here trying not to sleep as ill only wake up scratching,,doctors cant cure it either.....other wise we wouldnt be reading every artical on this site....i think ive the worst ever,havent had a full nights sleep in about 5 years..even tried to sleep standing up,,as when u lye down it just goes nuts,,whitch hazel gel is ok it says its for spots and clear skin but helps a little,is it just me or is this scratching unbearable....its more like electric shocks the way it wakes u from ur sleep..............................................................................................im so tired.....cant take no more...........can any one knows a doctor ask them to make the one cream that works....

Posted by Colinito on 20/12/2010 at 11:18

Itchy bum (as it is known) - is normally a fungal infection - similar to athletes foot - do not scratch the itch! - this will make it worse - wash the affected area with non-scented soap after a bowel movement - dry - then apply (Sudocrem, if you have been scratching and your butt is sore, for 3 days) then apply Mycota (creme or powder)(after the Sudocrem has worked) to the affected area for a week - keep yourself 'clean' after movements and hey presto! you will find great relief as the fungal infection will be greatly reduced. !beuno suerte!

Posted by Cam on 20/12/2010 at 08:29

First, thanks for the article and all the comments! I thought I should contribute my experience. This was indeed an embarrassing problem that sprung up quite randomly one night. I had been wearing overall ski gear and working quite hard in it so I think the sweat may have been the cause. Normally I have quite good hygiene and not any leakage or anything. I found myself very itchy. After a couple of hours I used some aloe vera based ointment and it seemed to resolve the problem, but of course it came back the next night and the next! At first I checked myself and couldn't see any damage but after a couple of nights of scratching a large red rash had developed at which point I found this page. After reading the comments I discovered that this could be a real ongoing problem so I decided to try the simplest stuff first.. I stopped scratching completely (I think this is most important), I wiped out soft drink from my diet and replaced it with tea. I took a lot of snow and ice and cooled the area as long as possible and dried it with a towel (not rubbing the skin just dabbing). When itchy I would run cold water on the area then dab dry again. And I also continually made sure the area was clean but didn't use any scrubs or soap. So far these steps have really helped, I havent been woken for a few nights now and the rash is starting to look better. I must stress that I think the most important thing is not scratching. Thanks again and all the best.

Posted by Optional on 20/12/2010 at 02:45

For anal itch, wash and dry gently, then apply CORN STARCH to the area. This was the advice from a surgeon that i consulted, and it really helps.

Posted by Optional on 19/12/2010 at 03:40

Hey i have a really bad itching and it stops when i sit down but if when i walk or lay down it gets insainly itchy its right below my anus and i used a q-tip to itch it and im too scared to tell anyone about it. Im only 13 and i havnt had sex or anything and i tried babypowder on a thin pad but it hasnt helped.PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME :(

Posted by Optional on 16/12/2010 at 06:22

I have had anal itching for quite some time and finally had relief thru a dr/dermatologist. Please try mixing Canesten with Celestone cream. It certainly worked for me - took about 2 weeks to finally be cured. I am very thankful and free of itch and pain.

Posted by Optional on 15/12/2010 at 04:57

Had suffered with this problem for over 20 years and now completely free (4 months and counting)! If there's one free and easy thing I can urge you to do, it's just simply to wet the toilet paper before use. Just that. It won't cost you a penny extra or any additional embarrassment so you have nothing to lose. Please do try and report back with the good news!

Posted by Surfer27 on 08/12/2010 at 03:05

Hi there, I have an embarrassing problem! About four years ago, I started developing a fecal body odor. It's been so bad, that people around me have commented on it! I have been diagnosed as well, with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, by my old family doctor 10 yrs ago. Getting back to the issue at hand, I have somewhat gotten rid of the intensity of the fecal body odor, that I can actually smell from my anal area, but for whatever reason, cannot get rid of it altogether! I also notice, that I have severe burning down below, especially after a bowel movement and was wondering, if: internal or external hemorrhoids on the skin, can cause a fecal body odor, even after fully evacuating? Please get back to me, whenever possible!! Thankyou.

Posted by PeterG on 07/12/2010 at 06:27

Try dabbing apple cider vinegar on the putter areas that itch after cleaning. Be sure not to have any open cuts it could sting a little. Many years ago masingil had a vinegar douche for women. If you decide to go that route only add a small amount of apple cider vinegar.

Posted by M on 02/12/2010 at 10:56

I've just tried washing with salty water and then applying an aloe vera gel (brand Forever Living). After about 10 minutes the itching disappeared. I don't know yet how long it will work but it feels better now!

Posted by Optional on 02/12/2010 at 10:29

here's what worked for me after a lot of useless methods. always keep it clean: rinse well the area after each stool without touching it with your hands, just by pointing the shower head towards it and dry it by using a hair dryer from a reasonable distance. then, 2 times a day (morning and evening before going to bed) gently dab the whole area with cotton pads impregnated in warm camomile tea mixed with the juice from a fresh lemon (for 1/2 cup of tea use the juice of a bit less of 1/2 lemon). i felt better after only 4 days and now it completely went away. however, i have to admit that after the first few days my skin started peeling off, and i wonder if it was because of the citric acid in the lemon juice. nonetheless, it went away quite soon and was gone for good. hope it helps. wishing you the best

Posted by Jane on 02/12/2010 at 06:35

My God what a nightmare! This article has given me some useful tips to enable me to eradicate this distressing condition. Glad to know that it is nothing serious, more embarrassing really!

Posted by Kim on 30/11/2010 at 05:59

OK, I want to start by saying, I have been itch free for months now! I had the WORST itch and pain in my butt for years. I would wake up in the middle of the night and could not stop itching, and in the morning was horrible. I would always have blood in my underwear from it and it was just the worst thing in my life. I used to clean myself with a baby wipe every time I went to the bathroom, then put prep-H on it. It would sometimes help for like 10 minutes, but then the itching would start up again. I came across this site and somebody said to stop using wipes and to see what happens. So this is what I did, if I had to poop, I would first put vaseline on my butt to help with the pain, then when I was done, I would NOT use a wipe, I would use a tucks pad or 2 or 3. And after two or three days of doing this, the itch was gone and my butt was back to normal. Now I just use a tucks pad if I need to clean myself better, or just take a shower after. It was the worst couple of years of my life so I just had to comment on here to hopefully help somebody else out! I hope it works!

Posted by Rachel on 28/11/2010 at 03:14

I have had vaginal itching for 4 years now and despite repeat visits to thedoctor, nothing has helped. For the last year, it has also affected my anus. I itch in the day but at night its terrible. I must lose about 3 hours sleep a night. I have been to the doctors, I have tried every cream and suppository on the market, sometimes I resort to an ice pack between my bottom cheeks. I have been to a colorectal specialist recently who banded some piles (never felt pain like it) and guess what? the itching is worse than ever and now I've got a fishy slime coming out from time to time. So hear I am at 3am, feeling depressed because there seem to be so many people who are still suffering after years and years of this. The thought of sex when you're this itchy is a no no and consequently things are deteriorating with my husband who looks so annoyed every time I scratch and every time I wake him up and every time I put off having sex. Sometimes I feel the only way to end this itching is to end it all, it really is that bad.

Posted by Optional on 27/11/2010 at 11:35

The only thing that I have found that will stop the itching is rubbing alcohol. It works as a temporary fix. If the rectum is irritated, don't try this though because it will feel like you set it on fire. I sometimes have to get up during the night because the itching is so intense & apply rubbing alcohol directly to the rectum. It will stop the itch for several hours.

Posted by Anonymous on 26/11/2010 at 10:09

i found this site much helpful to me and very detailed. Thank you!

Posted by Heather on 22/11/2010 at 04:59

OMG I read everyone comments and concerns and it kills me, because as I read most of the comments very hopeful someone would be direct and straight forward on what actually works for good, instead I notice no one made it clear enough on actually finding a treatment that works and put an end to this embarrassing anal itching, it sucks and so uncomfortable I guess my last option is to visit a doctor. it is so uncomfortable if it was a finger I would cut it off. please HELP>>>>>>>

Posted by kyera on 20/11/2010 at 05:51

im a 14 year old female with this problem. my hygiene was very low at one point and i thought it all started then. it started in the begining of this summer. it started with MAJOR vaginal itching for about a month, then came to the anus. my anus has been itching ever sinse. i dont no wat to do cuz i havent told anyone about this cuz im too embarrassed.i havent done too much to solve this problem though. i found that if u put paper towel inbetween the but cheeks it soothes the itching for a while because warmth influences the problem even more. but the itching still goes on for me. theres not much i can do. i itch to the point where it starts to bleed and i cant walk for a short period of time. every single day when i go to make my bouwl, it just worsens the pain and when i look into the toilet, its as if i had my period. thats how much blood comes out of my anus. i dread it everyday cuz its the worst pain. thats usually when i cant walk. wat can i do without going to the doctor?

Posted by Optional on 18/11/2010 at 05:43

my ass itch started , what it seams over night,,, I have a couple small hemroids at the top and bottom of my anus, and it itches all over the anus area. i tried witch hazel and that was a no go. ive been using preporation h..but it hasnt cured the problem. but it did seem to stop the bleeding. I went to a doctor and they said try a bullet, which is a mixture the pharmasist made,but it didnt do much, was expensive . please tell me what to do. I hate the smell of preperation H

Posted by Optional on 15/11/2010 at 11:16

So relieved to find sooo many others suffering from the same thing, and so many finding cures. Mine has only been going for a few weeks, but I am fully intending to nip this in the butt (pardon the pun)straight away! I'm not one for medicines or Dr's. So gonna try some of the real simple suggestions, like no soap, and the baby wipes, and cold shower. It's made me realise, reading what everyone has written, how many causes there could be, and I have a feeling mine is stress related - I have started chewing my nails which I have never done before! so that will stop. I don't sleep well either, but never noticed it was because of itching - usually sciatica. Anywho... I will report back soon on what helped! Thanks to all posters.

Posted by Optional on 14/11/2010 at 11:53

Well, having an itchy rectum is an embarrassing problem indeed, and not something one generally wants to talk about. But I am here to sing the praises of banana peels! I'd suffered for weeks, and despite scrupulous cleansing and the use of various lotions and analgesic ointments, nothing helped. So, I read here that one possible remedy was the inside of a banana peel. Sounds crazy, I know, but it worked almost immediately. So, if you suffer from annoying "butt itch," give it a try. The bonus is you get to up your fruit intake by eating the banana, too. Now, where else would you tell anyone about this? Really.

Posted by Ferris on 14/11/2010 at 01:02

I just want to add to the pro-Ananoitch comments that it did absolutely NOTHING for me, may as well have been very expensive water for all the good it did me (I bought the supposed most concentrated/expensive one). While not perfect my own homemade concoction of aloe vera gel mixed with witchhazel, ideally with some lavender and rosemary essential oils added, is far more effective and far cheaper.

Posted by Optional on 30/10/2010 at 03:33

i never had this problem before until 3 years ago i work in a freezer where i sweats alot in my suit, thats when i discovered it. now i gets it and uses zinc cream for baby's bottom and hemmorid cream and it seems to fix it for a few days.Now i walks alot in my new position and still finds it.

Posted by Optional on 29/10/2010 at 07:37

I too have been suffering from this for over 8 months now! Mine started when i bought and new body wash and body moisturizer. Woke the next morning with very irritated skin all over my body, this disappeared within days but my anal itch has continue. I have been to the doctors twice and been described 2 different creams, which to me made the situation worse, i Don't have piles, worms or anything else just very irritated skin, mainly due to my scratching! A few weeks ago i was on a site just like this, i read a post from a women who wrote she had had the same problem for years until she tried Simply soothing wipes. I decided to check out the site, Very basic site and what seems a very basic company. I decided to give them a go, they cost me £4.99 for a pack of wipes, cheaper than my prescriptions, i am now on my 8th day, the itching is barley there, the skin around my anus is not inflamed anymore ( i did also cut my finger nails down). I still do get the odd feeling to itch but nothing like before!. I'm not sure the cause of everyones itch on here but if you have seen your doctor and have no medical cause i highly recommend them. The first time i used them all i could smell was vinegar, they also contain Aloe vera, there are no prescriptions drugs on the wipes! To me all the creams i bought or was prescribed gave me relief for a couple of days but then got worse, i think the creams caused too much moisture that made it worse! Good luck with finding a solution, just remember keep your nails very short!

Posted by Optional on 29/10/2010 at 12:11

PLEASE READ....CURE FOR ITICHING BUM,WITCH HAZEL ONLY EASES PAIN TEMP.THIS IS HARD TO DO BUT IT WORKS.RUN BATH GET INTO BATH BUT SIT ABOVE WATER.GET A LARGE HANDFULL I MEAN LOADS OF SALT AND SLAP IT ON.NOW THIS WILL STING LIKE MADE BUT TRY TO SUFFER FOR AS LONG AS U CAN THE SIT IN WATER TO EASE PAIN.DO THIS EVERY NIGHT AND Y`LL BE CURED IN AROUND 2 WEEKS.LITTLE PAIN IS BETTER THAN WALKING AROUND ALL NIGHT ITCHING.CAN THE PEOPLE TRYING THIS COME BACK TO CONFIRM IT WORKS

Posted by No Wisecracks on 26/10/2010 at 04:08

Old remedies that work!!!!! ( had it as a kid 2x years apart Medication from dr gave me side affects. So elder in our family suggested items below, And it knocked them out! It's worked for my kids too!) Proven: -absolute Best and easiest= is to ingest garlic or garlic capsules (and added bonus, it is Great for the heart and high bp and yes, there are odorless ones!) & For the very adventurous, can uses ground fresh garlic with a buffer/ petroleum to make a poultice -cleanse with witch hazel and small drop of tea tree oil on cotton ball ( soothes and antibacterial) -Strong probiotic on an empty stomach ( kill fungus) -black walnut tincure drops ( kills parasite) - aloe soothes and heals the irritated area post thorough cleaning with unscented soaps And witchhazel and 2 drop of teatree oil *** quercitin w/bromelin and 1000mg of vitamin C on empty stomach, works Amazingly well at stopping ANY type of inflammation/allergic reaction ( natural antihistamine) yes even those dreaded seasonal allergies are severely relieved by this powercombo Beware bc using antibiotic for treatments, often mAke matters worses bc kills good bacteria too- so always take a good probiotic to rebuild immune system and replace the good fighter bacteria Happy Hunting! Relieve thy self and Conquer!

Posted by Optional on 25/10/2010 at 03:26

I have pinworms and they itch terribly at night they really scare me and I check in the mirror every nigut around 10 and they are all around my anus shold I try to get them off or leave them there

Posted by Optional on 23/10/2010 at 10:00

thank god im not alone,this itch is drivin me nuts.3 years every cream boots can offer and a female doctor lookin at my ass.THE ONLY THING TO HELP IS WTICH HAZEL.YOU CAN BUY IT IN BOOTS

Posted by Jamie on 22/10/2010 at 09:59

I have suffered with this for 11 years. I have been from doctor to doctor and scoured the internet for answers. Ive been looking into prebiotics thinking that maybe this thing goes deeper than just the surface skin. I am taking prebiotics to see if it is in my gut and just showing itself in my bottom. Ime desperate and would eat an old shoe if it would cure me. I will come back and let you know how I get on with the prebiotics but would be interested to know if anyone else has tried this or something similar.

Posted by priya on 17/10/2010 at 03:36

hello doctor...im suferin frm fungal eczema...my armpits and vaginal areas are black patchy nd itchy..i have tried my ointments n tablets but cant find a way out..please help..atleast for reduction..

Posted by Ted on 16/10/2010 at 01:40

Hello all. I've had this problem for over 10 years. I have tried all the creams, daktacourt, trimovate, etc etc. I have seen 3 doctors and a skin specialist. Nothing has cured this problem. I am in two minds as to what causes this but I do think that diet may have a contributing factor. For me the itching is worse at night times and I have often been disturbed during sleep with uncontrollable itching. It is uncontrollable because despite what you read and hear, once you start to itch you cannot stop. I have itched to the point of tearing the skin which only makes matters worse and delays any recovery. I am beginning to think that my complaint maybe related to psoriasis as my father used to have this condition very badly. From time to time the constant itching leads to very sore skin which eventually scabs and produces a crust not to dissimilar to psoriasis in appearance. Also I have read that psoriasis is a heredity condition and that it can appear at any time. I haven't found a cure for my problem and having used various creams for over a decade I am conscious that I could be doing more harm than good especially in terms of thinning the skin. My condition seems to worsen during periods of stress so I try to reduce this where possible, although this has not been possible for the last 3 years due to personal issues. I would like to find a cure for this as it's not something that I wish to carry wit me for the rest of my life and it's not a condition that you can get "used to". Regards, PS: As as postscript I'd just like to add that I also suffer from a lot of flatulence and wondered if this is a factor too. Any other windy suffers out there?

Posted by Optional on 15/10/2010 at 12:33

I had a sexual partner who was a doctor. He was in awe of my body mainly because I have for nipples, the thing he found so interesting was my extra nipples where above my main nipples, there small and look like beauty marks almost... I thought he was trippin (weirdo type)until I had my 2nd child whom I breast feed needless to say all four nipples produced milk. I also had twins wounder if there's any connection. Also, I had my breast done and it took longer due to the 4 nipples...I think...my doc. didn't make a big deal it but I suspect that was what took 2 hours longer to complete my implants.

Posted by Laurie on 12/10/2010 at 04:02

So glad to hear that I'm not alone. After reading through the suggestions, I found that I have Elocon somewhere in the house (found the box but not the tube), Lotriderm and one called fucidim. I tried the Fucidim last night as well as took a couple of Benadryl and had one of the best sleeps in awhile. Still woke up because I got hot or had to go potty, but NO ITCHING! This morning I tried tea tree oil on a cotton ball, but that stung quite a bit, so used some Lotriderm, and I am feeling fine.

Posted by Optional on 10/10/2010 at 10:07

i've been traveling overseas for a month now, and have been constipated for 10 days now. I realise this can make one very sore, and possibly itchy. I'm slowly starting to come right with movements but am still itchy especially at night, though however, its not's consistant throughout the night. Creme's don't seem to work. I'm beginning to think it may be a pinced nerve (as I am doing a lot of driving....usually 2hours min. every other day) because if I lie in bed in different directions the itching serverity alters....anyone have any suggestions?

Posted by C on 10/10/2010 at 04:34

I'm 15 and I have had this itch for about a couple weeks.. Should I go see a doctor or should I just find a ointment over the counter?? I'm kinda shy to see a doctor but I really want this itch to go away.. And I dnt even kno wat kinda of doctor I should see, a gynocologous?? Wat do I do??

Posted by remo on 10/10/2010 at 12:28

I am embarassed to go to a doctor for anal itching...can someone suggest a gel/cream that I can safely use..

Posted by Optional on 09/10/2010 at 07:16

Just try saliva. Its more natural and stops the itching. After the wipe, then the clean, just spit on the final two pieces of Toilet tissue. I just wish some-one had told me sooner.

Posted by Optional on 08/10/2010 at 07:01

I find that soaping up a sponge and using it to scratch really feels great.

Posted by Optional on 06/10/2010 at 10:22

went to dr who was helpful but all this extra info is invaluable, thanx

Posted by Optional on 06/10/2010 at 09:28

TO: Posted by Optional on 02/09/2010 at 06:20:12 pM the person who wrote this comment a while back idk if your still suffering from this because its been a long time its now october but im writing anyways just in case you still are.. advice im young as well and i know how embaressing it can be to tell your mom, i didnt for a while almost a year. she explained to me how i had NOTHING to be embaressed about although she was dissapointed i didnt tell her sooner. i suggest you tell her so she can take you to the doctor. its an embarassing thing all together but if you dont treat it, it could get worst. once its treated you will have a huge relief off your chest... i hope things work out.

Posted by Optional on 03/10/2010 at 11:45

I've had anal itching and soreness for nearly 2 years and had an operation for an anal fistular 2 years ago but I still get some itching and soreness. It is especially itchy after a BM. I always try to have a bath after a BM and that definitely helps. I have also managed to improve things by stopping eating cereal with milk every morning which nearly always resulted in a loose BM which then started the itchiness again. I now have less BM and less irritation.

Posted by Tone on 03/10/2010 at 11:01

I am writing in the hope this will help others.For the last 2 years or so I have suffered from the most AWFUL itchy bottom.At its worst,I was having to visit the bathroom 4 or five times a day at work to wipe.During this time,I visited two Doctors who prescribed numerous creams and /or tablets.I also had sessions with Doctors at the hospital where I had tests for alergies.I also had a camera inserted for examination.It is fair to say that at its worst life was very miserable.It was not just itching-about 30 minutes after I had been to the toilet,the burning started and there then followed a long period of itching.Walking was very difficult. The last time I visited the Doctor I was told I had a "sore bum" and was given the same cream as I had been prescribed 2 years previous !!!!!!!!!!!! I decided to search the web.To cut a long story short,I found out I was suffering from Pruritus Ani.I also found a web site called simply soothing.I purchased a packet of wipes for £4.99 from the site and used them daily.IN TWO WEEKS I FELT BETTER.I found the owner of the site,Ginney,to be VERY helpfull and friendly.I have been using the wipes now for about six months.I find using two wipes a day keeps the condition away.Should the irritation flare up again I use more untill it settles. I AM WRTITING THIS MAIL IN THE HOPE IT HELPS OTHERS WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM THIS VERY EMBARASING PROBLEM.The simply soothing wipes worked for me and they are certainly worth trying.The company is VERY honest and VERY reliable.Thank you. ps I am not connected with the company-I am just a BIG fan.They helped me and I am sure they will help you

Posted by G on 01/10/2010 at 11:59

I find it very upsetting and frustrating that so many people are not getting help with this problem. 5 years ago my step father was suffering in silence having tried doctors and various creams. The problem was eventaully sorted out with Simply Soothing wipes.

Posted by Michael on 24/09/2010 at 12:25

I suffered from a severe soreness on and around my anus, with a slight reddish rash. It drove me mad for months. After trying countless creams, ointments, I find an ointment called "Trimovate" works excellently. However, even though the problem clears up quickly, within a couple of days, if you then stop the treatment the problem will re-emerge, possibly worse than before. You MUST keep up the treatment for at least 7 days, 8. Then stop. If it doesn't work, definitely don't persist. This ointment I was given was only 0.5% hydrocortisone, which is a low-level of cortisone. It was to be spread thinly twice a day. Trimovate is prescription-only in the UK, don't know situation overseas. Your doctor will prescribe it. Please try it.

Posted by Yvonne on 23/09/2010 at 08:09

i've had the problem since i was a teenager. Never really went to the doctor for it cause i didnt know it was a huge deal. just thought i was sensitive and needed to wash more. It seems to have gotten a little worse as i've gotten older but aloe vera does seem to work instantly

Posted by Optional on 20/09/2010 at 04:40

Hi all, just to let you know theres someone else out there with this terrible thing. It has been driving me crazy for years. I have tried most of the things discussed and often some work for a while.I have found that if I dont wash with water each time I go to the toilet, you can guarrantee that night the itching will start. Away with the toilet paper works quite well for me.

Posted by Optional on 18/09/2010 at 03:52

Hi all -- Well I went to the doctor a week ago and guess what he found? hemorrhoids, yup hemorrhoids! I have been suffering for over a year, thinking I had what everyone here had...doctors doesn’t know. I even asked the doctor if I really had hemorrhoids, and he said yes, yes and more yeses. I could have thought he was joking. But as of tonight I have been on the suppository for 4 days (it’s the end of them) and they are gone. So, please to everyone, go see a doctor and report back here. Maybe life isn't as bad as you thought.

Posted by T on 13/09/2010 at 03:46

Itching with my anus started for me last summer and lasted for a year. In the fall, my doctor initially gave me a suppository for hemorrhoids which did not help. I was trying Preparation H for a long time, but during the winter the itching was getting worse. During the winter another doctor gave me a cream AnaMantle with Hydrocortisone. This made it burn, by this time it was cracked, and very itchy. I believe the itching was getting worse after I had taken an antibiotic. I gave this doctor another chance, at this point I was referred to an Anal and Rectal specialist. I explained the problem to this specialist, then was diagnosed with a fungus. The doctor prescribed Nystatin and Triamcinolone Acetonide cream USP. I applied this twice a day and after 3-4 days the itching was much less, what a relief. After 2 weeks, the itching was 99% gone and I had to get used to a life without Preparation H and without pain.

Posted by Optional on 13/09/2010 at 12:11

What i found is that Fibogel, which can be bought off the shelf can help, if you have it twice a day along with latchlose (however you spell it). Latchlose helps soften the stole, and Fobigel eases some of the pain

Posted by Deb on 10/09/2010 at 04:36

I've been doing something to help keep me clean after a BM so that the itching doesn't drive me crazy. I cut a finger off of a latex glove and put it on my finger which I dip into aloe vera gel and gently insert a little way up to clean the area. It brings instant relief.

Posted by Optional on 09/09/2010 at 11:23

ive tried a few creams and there not working some even make it worse

Posted by Optional on 03/09/2010 at 03:33

Hi. I am having some problems with my anus. It started when i thought i saw some blood on the tissue paper. I do tend to panic, so i went the docs and he examined me saying he could nt see anything that might make me bleed, but not too worry. After then, i went home and did some of my own investigating! i founds three small tears in the opening of my anus. This was 2 months ago and try as i might, i don t seem to be able to clear it up for very long. Just when i think i have it under control, something happens and i get another one. i have been assure by a spesialist that this is not anal cancer. But i am so unhappy not knowing what to do about this. Its very uncomfortable and its making my life a misery. Even if the sores are healed, i think there is still inflamation in the area because its always a bit tingley. and sore after a BM. i don t uses soap,and only use cotton wool to wipe. Vasaline is the only relief i get. Please help. The Doctors think i had a fissure at some time because of skin tags, but they don t seem to be able to see anything when they look. Am i going mad?

Posted by Optional on 02/09/2010 at 06:20

ive been having this problem for about a month my butt is constently really itchy and i constently have to go to the bathroom and itchy it with toilet paper sometimes it bleeds urg and sometimes it gets so irrated that when i pee it stings my butt im to young to go to a doctor alone but im too embarressed to tell my mom but im soo sick of it!

Posted by help me on 01/09/2010 at 02:33

ive been itching for about a week now and i discovered little bumps around the anus and sometimes when i wipe, theres blood...n i havent really used the bathroom (number 2) in a week...i think imma go see a doctor or something.

Posted by Optional on 31/08/2010 at 05:46

hi,im suffering from eczema..but it was only on the hands n legs but i am havinf anal itching which has become severe..pls help with sm home remedies..

Posted by Optional on 23/08/2010 at 04:09

I hope this helps

Posted by Optional on 22/08/2010 at 11:36

Thank you so much for providing this guidance. I've been stricken with this mysterious anal itch for a while now, and my own 'treatment' wasn't exactly helping. I'm happy that now I have an idea of how to tackle this, and hopefully find the cause of the itching sooner rather than later.

Posted by CD on 22/08/2010 at 05:48

I feel like I've had this problem forever. Especially starts when I go to bed and feel like I'm scratching all night. Sometimes wake myself cos I'm so sore. Today I'm bleeding which has never happened before. No sign of piles. Driving me mad now. What should I do.

Posted by Optional on 20/08/2010 at 01:01

Thank you for this!

Posted by Sharon on 18/08/2010 at 01:02

I have had an annoying anal itch problem for about a month now. I tried a triple antibiotic cream, a hydro-cortisone cream and a diaper rash cream. None of them did me any good. Last night I tried (out of desperation) a cream called vagocaine meant for female itching that I had purchased at Wal-Mart. This morning when I got up there was no more itching and the area is showing definite signs of healing. I had had two little white patches that are now dried up and disappearing. Maybe I have found the cure for myself, I hope.

Posted by Itchy!! on 16/08/2010 at 02:46

Ive been to embarassed to see a doc about this, this website is so helpful! I have had the itch for afew months now, on and off. I always try to ignore it, but when I cant take it anymore I have to go to the toilet and itch it with toilet paper, sometimes it bleeds a little and it really hurts! I tried a bunch of creams, this zinc cream I used yesterday only made it worse and almost an hour later, the skin around my but hole has little pimple bumps evrywhere!!! Hopefully I will have some luck with the baby powder, now that I know you have to keep it dry! Here I am thinking it has to cream on it so it doesnt rub together!!! THANKS EVRYONE!!!! I really want my normal bum back!!!

Posted by Optional on 14/08/2010 at 03:46

i had this problem, started off changing my pre damp wipes and hey presto no problem :) try different brands to find a wipe that suits you if thats your problem

Posted by Optional on 11/08/2010 at 05:35

I'm glad I found this forum yesterday because i had a itch for over two weeks now and I read about witch hazel from one of you guys. Got my witch Hazel astringent(that all i could get) I used it this morning, it burns for a few sec. but the itch when awy instantly. This is the best result i has in over two weeks. Now I'm about 95% itch free now. Thanks

Posted by Mrs Curruthers on 09/08/2010 at 02:07

Members of my family have been driven to misery by the impossible problem of itchy bottom. Doctors do not have the answer and have told me it is a tricky problem, some things work for a while and then you are back to the problem again. I found Simply Soothing Wipes from lincolnshire on the net and they are fantastic. I would say that no one has to put up with an itchy bum anymore.

Posted by Optional on 06/08/2010 at 09:49

eliminate coffee and soda. Drink plenty of water. I have had the problem and then eliminated the aforementioned and have not had the problem. If you start drinking coffee or soda's again it will come back.

Posted by Joey Duckie on 03/08/2010 at 02:34

I like to say that Banana Peels did not work for me and some people its works for and that this website has been very helpful to me and others as well as to United State Medical Dr,Hear in USA and that I am working on cure and I am not come to cure yet but I am going about diffrent way that USING Alfalfa and Garlic and B-complex Vitames.That reduce itching and help to heal the skin and wear loose underwear that help the butt to heal over time and found that eat right helps to and only way your going find problem is read books and talk to public on find a cure for it to and take some time out day do someting fun so that stress won,t cause it to itch more.I know there is a cure for Butt itching everything is not over the night cure but there are some ways to handle it everyday and most of problem comes from process foods that cause your butt to itch and there DVD you rent or buy its called Food,Inc its tell you alot how food is made and what in food that cause your butt to itch so go back to eat real food that has no spray in them I belive that spray cause problem with our butt itche so I am doing test on spray food that not to eat them and I am hope that is problem to butt itch. Joey Duckie

Posted by Bill on 02/08/2010 at 06:34

I am surprised that no one seems to know the cause of anal leakage, and it's so easy to correct. The leakage is caused by coffee. Stop drinking coffee and your leakage will stop within a couple of days. Good luck.

Posted by CURED! on 01/08/2010 at 04:14

I had this problem for about a year and used hemorrhoid ointments to no avail. It still itched like mad, especially in the middle of the night until scratching it would make it bleed and weep. Finally I looked up a few forums and found out the causes and solutions. This is what's worked for me: 1. I stopped using paper to wipe. I used hypo-allergenic baby wipes that were good and moisturizing for the skin. 2. Before bed I put on some 1% hydro-cortizone cream. This worked more effectively to stop the itching in the middle of the night than the hemorrhoid creams (even those with anaesthetic). 3. After about a week or so of this, I noticed that I stopped itching in the middle of the night altogether, and now my problem has been cured! It really is very simple and if I had known a year ago, it would have been great. So now I feel compelled to share it with people so they don't have to go through what I go through.

Posted by DG on 27/07/2010 at 06:11

My arse itches like hell DAILY, its more frequent at night, within minutes of getting in bed, but also sometimes during the day. I have tried changing toilet tissue, I only use an unscented soap and wash regularly, I dont have piles and no sign of threadworm. Its driving me crazy, I get through so many pairs of pants because i scratch so much i make holes in them!! I have tried every cream imaginable...... HEEELP

Posted by Optional on 27/07/2010 at 03:34

It is annoying as hell!

Posted by Optional on 22/07/2010 at 07:06

my butt doesnt itch until i take a number two in the morning. and no matter how good i wipe or even if i take a shower,once i start walking around at work, my butthole starts itching like i have a thousand wild hairs poking my sphinkter. ive been spraying tinactin in my crack for three days and i thought i cured itbut even though i used it this morning its back.

Posted by Marylander on 21/07/2010 at 03:04

Finally!!! My extraordinary intense anal itching has stopped!! Some background. From 1985 to 1997 I was living in New Orleans and developed various allergies. My ears were a major problem, developing chronic, intense itching in my ear, which progressed to ear infections after scratching and shoving long objects into it to get relief.. Went to various specialists, none of whom provided a cure, just management. In 1997, I moved to Baltimore. First sign of ear itching problem I went to see an ENT. One look and she said, oh, you have eczema and prescribed Elocon (a cortisone cream). One dab in the ear whenever there was a flareup and within a day, it stopped! Fast forward eight years. I developed terrible AI. IT WOULD NOT QUIT. I want to add that I happened to be using personal wipes for several years and I don’t know if that contributed to the problem. Over the next few years, it got progressively worse to the point that the itching was so intense that it was waking me up at night. BUT I HAD NO REMEDY TO DEAL WITH IT WHEN I WOKE UP!!! My Primary Care doctor suggested it was a fungus problem but the prescribed Clotrimazole did nothing to improve it. A cortisone cream was prescribed by my Primary Care physician which also did virtually nothing to improve the itching. Finally, I read a post by a blogger on this site who used the Elocon that was prescribed for my ears! I thought, why not give it a try? FABULOUS DECISION!!! Within two days of using the cream, the chronic, years long intense itching and burning STOPPED!!! So, folks, give it a try. Ask your doctor if this might be an option and check it out. IT HAS BEEN THREE WEEKS SINCE I TRIED THE ELOCON AND THAT WAS THE LAST EPISODE!!! Previous episodes were an every two to three day occurrence! Please let me know if this works for anyone else.

Posted by Optional on 21/07/2010 at 04:50

I've been suffering from this condition for the last 9 months or so, and it's gotten to the point where it's driving me absolutely crazy. The most frustrating thing for me is the lengthy process of ruling out certain factors. So far I've been to the doctor a total of three times, and prescribed various treatments, none of which have worked. The first time I went to the doctor I was prescribed with some hydrocortisone, which did nothing, along with some tablets (can't remember the name though) which are meant to heal cuts/abrasions from all of the scratching. They also failed to do anything. I was then prescribed some kenacomb ointment which is meant for ear infections, and that didn't help. I then went back a third time and was told to try proctosydyl for a hemorrhoid. It helped relieve the itching, but only for the first few days until my body got used to it (as is apparently the case with a lot of creams and ointments). I tried antifungal cream 'dektarin', which again, helped for the first few days that I used it. After that though, it didn't seem to be doing much. I had a swab test done too to test for a fungal infection. It came back negative for candida and herpes (the latter I never suspected as the culprit anyway, as the itch had been ongoing for so long). Since then, I've taken some of the advice given here and on another site, and tried various self-medicating attempts including dabbing on 'rubbing alcohol' with a cotton ball, mouth wash with a cotton ball, baths with bi-carb soda and salt baths to name a few. None have given me much relief though thus far, unfortunately. Does anyone know whether or not a simple swab test will pick up ALL types of fungal infections though? I failed to ask my doctor that the last time I was there. All I know is that this problem is getting me so down and depressed. I'm not itchy 24/7, but it does come and go throughout the day. It just seem helpless when you take into account that so many others have had this problem for years - after having tried various remedies - and still haven't found releif. I know that everyone's body is different and responds differently, and that the source of the infection (eg fungal; anxiety-related; dryness etc.) is also different for everyone, but it fathoms me that there isn't a simpler solution to what seems like a problem that's quite widespread. It's great to be able to discuss this problem with others though, and I take solace in the fact that I'm not alone with this debilitating problem. I know that things could be worse, and I'm grateful for that, but it's all relative, and so to go from itch-free to non-stop-itch is pretty difficult to bear. Here's hoping we can all find cures and share our secrets.

Posted by Optional on 20/07/2010 at 05:06

Albendazole 400mg Intake at a night is useful ??? It gives relief for few month

Posted by Optional on 19/07/2010 at 08:28

yea iv been having this problem ever since i got the 24 hour virus and it made me have runny diahreera..it just started after that so i don't think it's a allergic reaction..now it just can't stop itching or burning now after a bowel movement it's been like this for few days now..anyone have any advice for me on what i can do..let me say i also tryed using hydrocortsone 1% it doesnt work and keeping the area dry seems to be impossible since this hott weather..so any advice?

Posted by ann MD on 16/07/2010 at 02:26

Please mention strongyloides in your diagnoses as it is increasing in frequency in the USA and can be deadly if missed, especially WWII South Pacific/Vietnam vets and travellers to SE Asia plus Appalachia/SE USA. Tough to diagnose as stools are often negative. CDC serology is most reliable. Help get the word out.

Posted by scratchy on 15/07/2010 at 06:52

Is AnoNOitch available in South Africa? If so, where? My experience-too many years of this unbearable suffering. Tried everything-dont bother with giving up certain foods-by the time u listen to everyones feedback you actually can eat nothing. Each one of us are designed individually and uniquely so it does not mean that while coffee can aggravate one person it will have the same effect on another. The experts dont even agree on Acid/Alkaline foods. The one thing thats working for me is that for the past week i havent used any soap-just aqueous cream (fragrance free and colourant free-very important).has soothed the areas down there a bit. the cotton ball with the talcum I'll say works a litte. Otherwise the way i look at it everyone has a cross to bear - this ones ours - lets carry it and bear it and be grateful thats its nothing terminal. also, keep sharing ideas and remedies but also remember that you should do things in a calm way - dont behave like a crazy nut and try everything at once. make a list of what you try and what works and what doesnt and tick them off patiently. make a list of what you eat everyday and note the intensity of the itching. this way you will be able to eliminate the foods that you think might be suspect. but do it yourself cos i know of two people who suffer with migraines - chocolate triggers a migraine in one person and coffee is OK while coffee triggers it in the other person and chocolate is OK. So,we are not the same. Your body's reaction to any food is UNIQUE! To the mother with the 8 year old - my heart goes out to your child. No child should ever endure such suffering. At least most of us agree that the doctors are USELESS!!! Stop wasting your time and money with them and find your own solutions. And stop with the Prednisone and cortisone based creams! They give it to us with that nice smile and think we are stupid not to check it out on the internet. Not once has my doctor discussed with me what horrendous side effects cortisone has on the body. May we all find a solution to our ITCHES!!!!

Posted by A. on 14/07/2010 at 04:48

I cannot believe how many people have this problem and so embarassed by it! I was using chlotrimazole cream which made things worst. I used it for a very long time because my doctor never told me to use it only one week. I just stopped using it and I got a lot better. The banana peel did not help but witch hazel has been my savior at all times. After I read all you comments I am using the cotton ball and it helps a lot! Hopefully it will stop completely! good luck to all!

Posted by Optional on 13/07/2010 at 11:31

I have been struggling with this for years. Someone told me to try a product they found online called AnaNOitch. Has anyone used this? There are testimonials on the site but I would like another opinion. Let me know!

Posted by Ann Najjar on 11/07/2010 at 12:59

I love you! I used the cotton ball trick and got instant relief. I only hope I can sleep through the night now. Thank you so much!

Posted by Ben Bateman on 09/07/2010 at 05:49

I've been battling this problem for nearly a year. Yes, you should first rule out hemorrhoids and fungal infections and fissures and all that. But if you do, as I did, you're left with quite a puzzle; my doctor agreed that the area appeared irritated but her only suggestion was to stop wearing tight underwear and skinny jeans. So I did and witnessed maybe 20% improvement. Moisture is definitely part of the problem, but it isn't the only contributing factor. My big mistake was to keep applying creams and ointments and homeopathic remedies, all of which just irritated the skin, contributed more moisture, and reinforced the itch and irritation. That right--I received no relief from vaseline, desitin, witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, baby wipes, banana peels, hydrocortisone cream, etc. For a while I had reconciled myself to this being a lifelong condition, a rather depressing conclusion for a gay man who enjoys receptive anal sex from time to time. Well, I've finally happened upon a combination of strategies that appear to be making a difference. I would say I'm now enjoying 75% improvement, perhaps a bit more. Although I still itch a bit--and still have the occasional "sensation" down there, and really isn't what we all want to have no sensation down there, to be like others and only be aware of that area when we're defecating--I can now go for a walk on a warm day, sweat a bit, and not break out into an uncontrollable itch/irritation. So here's my plan: First, disregard the generic eat more fiber advice. If that fiber causes gas and loose stools, it will make the problem worse (diarrhea is just as irritating as constipation). Instead, take 1 tsp of metamucil 3 times a day. Although it will cause a bit of gas at first, over time it will regulate your bowel movement and create bowel movements that are clean, quick, and solid but not too solid. It's essential that you take steps to stop messy bowel movements that require a lot of wiping. The wiping irritates the skin and leaves toilet paper residue that irritates further. Also, the fecal matter (particularly for men with hairy asses that cling to anything and everything) will irritate on its own, and if the bm is particularly messy, it's almost impossible to clean the area perfectly. Second, stop using soap in that area! I know it's hard to believe, but the soap, like the toilet paper, only irritates and leaves more residue. Use just water, cold water--hot water dries out the skin and irritates it--and bend way over in the shower so that the cold spray can strike the entire surface of your butthole. Stay bent over for at least 30 second. Afterwards, dry thoroughly, but don't apply a bunch of creams or ointments (you need the area to get dry). Also, don't try to dry it with cotton swabs or baby powder or any of that (the area needs to breathe and putting stuff up there makes it harder). Finally, switch to a diet of six small meals per day. It's good for your metabolism and healthy anway. The six meals further regulate your bowel movements--keeping you consistent. I know some people blame the itch on food allergies (such as coffee, tea, alcohol, spicy foods, etc.), but I'm skeptical and suspect these foods only aggravate the itch because they lead to loose stools or to multiple bowel movements per day. So to review, assuming all tests come back negative, you want to switch to loose fitting clothes, start metamucil 3 times a day, lay off the soaps and bend over for 30 seconds in a cold shower, and eat 6 small meals a day rather than 2 or 3 big ones. I'll keep y'all updated with my progress, and let me know if these strategies work for you. By the way, I also tried yogurt and probiotics, and they did nothing. Same for a vegan diet. Same for a bland diet.

Posted by Paulina on 07/07/2010 at 04:02

I'm struggling a lot with piles, when passing stool, I bleed a bit but the worse problem is that they are very itchy and irritating. I'm gonna try all the advise I found in this website from today...

Posted by Optional on 05/07/2010 at 02:36

Try AnaNOitch, it's an all natural remedy and seems to be the only thing that works long term. Their website has a bunch of testimonials so you can be reassured that you'll get your money's worth.

Posted by Con on 05/07/2010 at 10:42

I suffered from this condition for 10 years and I went to countless doctors and used every medication to no avail. Despite and not because of the medical treatment I have 99% relief from the condition. Ultimately I've discovered that I'm completely allergic to my stool (fecal matter) and unless I thoroughly clean after every single bowel movement, with absolutely no exception, my skin gets really irritated. For anyone who's interested here's what I did to get relief: 1. Rule out fungal infection and haemorrhoids as contributing factors. 2. Use steroid cream for 10 days but no more in order to get the condition under control. 3. Cleanse with Silcocks Base/Aqueous cream or similar when showering once/twice a day and/or after exercise. 4. When out and about use water wipes (moist tissue doesn't work it just falls apart). Do not use any other medicated-perfumed wipes as they just make things worse. I used DermaH2O Water Wipes which are sturdy and use no chemicals, just water. I carry the wipes in a small zip lock bag in my pocket so whenever I have a bowel movement I can clean 100% so there's no stole left to irritate the area and being out and about is no impediment to keeping the area clean. 5. At night-time, after showering & cleansing with silcocks base I would apply zinc oxide cream as a barrier cream to the area in order to repel any seepage while I was in bed. I've stopped doing this now because there is no longer any irritation. 6. This procedure keeps any remnants of the stool away from my skin and I'm almost completely cured of this terrible condition that I never thought I'd recover from. For me, any exposure whatsoever will cause the condition to return and this procedure ensures that my skin doesn’t have any real contact with the stool at all while it doesn’t discommode or inconvenience me in any way. I know that everyone is different but I hope that the above procedure offers some relief to someone.

Posted by Optional on 05/07/2010 at 04:08

I have had this for about 3 years, but for about 2 years and 10 months it would just itch once a week, but then it became everyday felt like getting a wire brush on my arce. But now I have found washing with water on toilet paper after, and using baby bum non perfumed wipes has helped allot. And the last few days my mate who is a top herbalist gave me some herbal cream has also stopped the itching anus. lets see what happens.

Posted by No Longer Alone on 01/07/2010 at 07:38

My goodness. I've been struggling with this for 10 years. I really thought I was the only one! I am so relieved to find other people who have suffered with this as long as I have! I've been to my doctors and they just give the same treaments. I will try the powder and witch hazel and antihistamines. Thank you all so much for your suggestions.

Posted by tyler on 30/06/2010 at 10:18

yeah i have the same problem and i think it might be pinworms cause i was itching and i went to go wash my hands and there was a little white worm moving on my finger i killed it but i dont know if there is more in me

Posted by Optional on 29/06/2010 at 08:56

anul itch at night with moisture, but an odour as well is this normal

Posted by William Martin on 27/06/2010 at 07:54

William has an itchy bottom for 2 years now. The only thing that seems to help is cortisone cream. We stopped giving him any dairy products which seems to help a bit. He is now worms, fungul infection, bacteria infection that causes the itch. The skin around his anus is inflamed which spreads if not treated with the cream. Usually the skin further waway from the anus will develop spots. We have done blood test which ruled out all diseases like Crown's.

Posted by Optional on 25/06/2010 at 12:25

Incredible itch and irritation. Went to a colon and rectal specialist and he mentioned a condition called "wet bottom" and suggested I increase my fiber intake with any of the husk fibers so it would soak up some of the liquids in my diet and soften up the stools at the same time. This helped me a lot. He also mentioned the area can itch due too moisture which means keeping the area dry after showers, baths. I simply stand over a air cleaner that puts out a lot of air till I am dry down there. Not sure how you deal with this in the workplace.

Posted by Roy on 23/06/2010 at 12:17

I started with this complaint a few months ago following a course of strong anti-biotics. It has been awful, and at times felt like an acid burn. Really, this complaint bent my life out of shape. My doctor has refeered me to a specialist but in the meantime I have found a cure. Maybe! When I tell you, you won't believe it. I didn't believe it until the torment of the itch made me desparate. It's a banana skin. Yes, that's right, a banana skin. This is not a joke. Rub the moist side of a banana skin on the affected area and it goes. For me, that has meant for the rest of the day, and longer. I forgot to do it yesterday because I had no itch. You should try it, for these reasons: 1) It costs practically nothing, and you get to eat the banana afetrwards. 2) You can buy the medication anywhere, do it in private and it only takes a few minutes, seconds really. 3) It can't harm you, no nasty chemicals. If you suffer from persistently itchy bottom, please try this simple treatment. It is not a joke. It works for me. I hope it works for you.

Posted by shambharkar devidas on 19/06/2010 at 08:14

This is first time i have been sufrring anul problem , itching i think it is piles

Posted by Optional on 15/06/2010 at 03:20

in response to daveee, i am muslim and yes we all wash our 'areas' after going to the toilets. its part of our religion and way off life. we believe a piece of tissue is not sufficient in cleaning a person properly. if there is no water available then obviously you have to make do with tissue. and i think washing your hands thoroughly three times should be enough!

Posted by Optional on 14/06/2010 at 07:51

I have been struggling and depressed, humiliated, frustrated, all kinds of things but thanks to these comments I think I am on the right road. This past weekend I got a dosage for treating pinworms and also an antifungal cream. Between the 2 I have not had any itching at all and I am crossing my fingers that it is finally beginning to get under control. The other thing I have been doing is using a talc powder w/aloe vera and baking soda based(baby stuff) with no perfumes to keep the area dry as a bone. I actually think that this was what started it all. So again thanks for all the great advice. I am looking forward to my life getting back to normal. BTW: Dr didn't help, she only gave me suppositories which I think made it much worse because it was always damp!

Posted by Optional on 11/06/2010 at 12:38

a couple of years ago i developed a horrible case of anal itching. i mean, it was really bad and it was driving me crazy at night. i tried changing my diet to no avail. i tried various creams and lotions and ointments to no avail. nothing worked...UNTIL I read that sometimes its soap that is causing the problem. i was desperate, so i decided to stop using soap when i cleaned my bottom. i just used a lot of warm water. IT WORKED!! within a couple of weeks, the itching was gone!! And it has been gone for over a year. so people, give it a try. it has saved me from a terrible affliction.

Posted by Anon on 08/06/2010 at 08:36

For Queen Timely and any other females, this may apply -- i had 2 babies in 2 years and suffered from anal itching and thin skin and tears all up and down my nether regions. It brought me to tears many times. Finally found a doctor who called it Lichen Sclerosus, prescribed me clotrimazole, and it was immediately much better; the problem went away when i finished breast feeding. This may seem to not apply, but my doctor told me even though this disease usually hit menopausal women, the worst case he ever saw was in a 19 year old. For what it is worth! Good luck to you all, i feel your pain.

Posted by JoeyDuckie on 07/06/2010 at 03:18

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Posted by dale on 07/06/2010 at 11:53

I look at this site and there are so many people suffering this annoying problem like I did. Simply Soothing Wipes worked for me, I saw some chat about them in the Daily Mail. I would recommend them

Posted by J on 07/06/2010 at 11:51

I too have been suffering for over 20 yrs with this problem. I believe its caused in my instance from a couple of issues manifesting itself. Im my case I started with what I perceived to be piles (little raised blue bump) around my anus. It used to itch like mad. I then used creams to control it, but found ointment, not cream to be the best. For me the only ointment that lasts is anusol here in the uk, its an ointment with menthol and a lignocaine in. I wash the area well with water, I even had a bidet installed. Great device. After washing I would gently place a small amount of cream internally. This would stop the itch all night. However after a number of years I realized that I had an ingrown hair which was leaking onto my crack of my bum causing an infection. I had an operation and the hair was removed and wound cleaned up. The itching stopped for a while. However I believe I may has developed an internal fissure since then, which is keeping it going. I am hoping to get this sorted soon. I do note that if I am constipated, I leak during the night, and always appear to have a motion ready to go as it were when it happens. Once I apply the creams as above the problem goes. So, I decided to drink a lot more fluid and eat more fibre/bran etc. And voila the problem is much less frequent. I also found like many on here that pure steriod creams dont work and can make it worse. However as the infection progresses due to scratch etc, I use trimovate or best of all a small amount of dactacort which is a steriod/anti-fungal cream. I apply this to the area once or twice for a few days at time only till the "jock itch" is gone. I tend to sit all day in my job and I think that heat and pressure on this area makes the problem worse. I dry the area after showering with a cool hairdryer and find that this greatly reduces any problem of itch. Also I found that seeded breads etc often caused an itch when I would find that the seeds some times past and lodged just in the rectal area between the inner and outer rectal muscles. Thinking about leakage, this could be the issue, weak inner rectal muscles which allow leakage. Anyhow there are other issues, which people should consider but not freak out about. Warts/Fissures/bacterial infections/pinworms/chrons,colitis /cancers/std's etc. However its more likely just to be a simple itch. See you doctor. Dont be embarrassed. Its part of you and its totally natural,and you doctor sees this everyday. Goto who you are comfortable with, man/woman etc. Hope this helps. J.

Posted by Daveee on 07/06/2010 at 03:52

Hi Need urgent help. The past 4 weeks I have this uncontrollable urge to let rip an itch at night right up to the anus. The smell after the itch thru pyjama bottoms is the smell of skanky fish. During the day I need to change my pants at least 4 times due to skid marks. Not sure whats lurking up there but am thinking of positioning myself so i can take a photo to see what the hell is wrong! I doubt it is worms as I have not seen any as yet..what else can it be? Please help!

Posted by Kid Left on 31/05/2010 at 08:05

I am wondering if the Dr. reads this. I have a question: I have been washing my anus in the shower for years with some soap, the shower water, and my left hand, until it feels clean; after which I wash my hands in the shower with more soap probably a good 4-5 times. I never thought twice about it until recently. Toilet paper never seemed sufficient to clean yourself and PREVENT itching. Now I just never wipe, but hop in the shower and when I am done cleaning face and body, I go ahead and wash out anus, clean the hands, and move on. In researching this practice, I noticed Muslims and many Hindus in the East do this water washing practice. Am I crazy or this practice actually as ok as I believe? How many times would you feel you should wash your hands, after you clean up the anus, to be sure you are truly clean? Just looking for some healthy feedback. Thank you.

Posted by Optional on 31/05/2010 at 01:30

My husband and I have both been suffering from itchy anuses for years. We like most of you on this site have tried almost every cream or ointment known to man. Probably the most effective is Eurax but even then the body eventually gets used to it and the whole problem starts again. I had a bowel prolapse and often was unaware that I hadnt emptied my rectum of faeces. On these occasions the itching became intense. I had to lower myself to popping my finger (in a baby's disposable nappy bag) inside the rectum and sure enough there was always a residual which I manually removed. I wonder if most of this is due to faecal leakage. Just like to say that I have had the op for the bowel prolapse but still the itch persists. One more thing, there is a direct link to ovarian cancer from using talcum powder near the vagina. Sorry to put a downer on an already desperate problem. An ice cube in an a polythene bag wrapped up in a piece of cloth (to prevent ice burning) worked for me last night.

Posted by MARVIN on 28/05/2010 at 02:30

HELLO . THE SAME PROBLEM BUT I'M GETING BETTER AND I WANT TO SHARE THIS WHIT YOU PLEASE WRITE IF GETS BETTER FOR YOU . WHAT I DID WENT TO HEALTH STORE AND BOUGHT RENEW LIFE CLEANSE 30 DAY PROGRAM FOR COLON AND LIVER . WOW I'M IN MY 12 DAY AND I'M GETTING BETTER , BUT THE OTHER DAY I HAD CHIMOL ITS SALSA WHIT ONION LEMON JALAPINOS AND TOMATO , AND I WAS A LITLE JUST LITLE ITCH BUT NOTHING LIKE BEFORE SO AVOID SPICE FOOD. WELL MY FRIENDS GOOD LUCK. PLEASE LET OTHER PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT CLEANCE IN OTHER SITES. THANKS OF FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ABOVE KEEP IT DRY USE BABE POWDER AND TRY TO EAT LESS .CLEAN COLD WATER AFTER AFTER AND 30 MINUTS LATER AGAIN REMEMBER COTTON BETWIN YOUR CHICKS .. GOD BLESS.

Posted by Optional on 27/05/2010 at 09:03

I thought I was alone i have had this problem for years but over last few months it got worse so my dr prescribed hydrocortisone 1% CR FO @2x per day and so far its only been 1 1/2 days but its helped i was too warned not to use for long tie because of skin thinning

Posted by Optional on 26/05/2010 at 10:48

I have had this problem for sometime.I sometimes forget a remedy when it reccurs until i realise i have to excercise enough to strenghen my thigh muscles regularly.It helps at times to ease the pain and the piles disappear.

Posted by Kristeva on 20/05/2010 at 03:28

Just wanted to say to all those currently suffering with this problem, if you've had no success with the more obvious causes like worms, piles, etc, then consider Candida. I'll wager the majority of people who turn up to see their GP with an itchy rectum have probably got a problem with yeast. You wont get much sympathy from your doctor if you have, so you'll have to check the internet for details and advice, etc. Look up 'Candida' or 'Leaky Gut Syndrome'.

Posted by Joey Duckie on 20/05/2010 at 12:38

I like to say that take a cold shower and clean out ass help the problem go away and using baby power on your ass will keep its dry all day long and eat strawberries everyday help heal your butt cheeks and your butt hole up and your problem will go away but you have keep it up everyday that way you won,t be having problems with your butt cheecks and your butt hole.

Posted by Honey Olive on 17/05/2010 at 02:48

Hi, I've been having this problem for a few years, and it escalated a few months ago. I tried over-the-counter cream, prescription cream with cortisone, witch hazel pads, vinegar, petrolleum jelly, you name it. Nothing works consistantly and this itching makes my life totally miserable. When I went to my family doctor, she just prescribed more of the same cortisone cream that she admits doesn't work and will damage my skin further. Recently I read about a home remedy and have been trying it for the past 10 days with some improvement. I mix liquid honey and olive oil (equal parts) and use a cotton ball to apply to the itchy area whenever I need to. Sometimes I keep the cotton ball there for some time. It seems to be able to stop the itch, and more importantly, it stops me from scratching and further damaging my skin. At this point, I don't know if it will cure the problem, but it's a big step forward for me. I haven't had the need to use any cortisone cream for the past 10 days, and I am scratching less than before. I still wake up at night itching, but I get up, apply my "ointment" and go back to sleep. The bottom line is, it's not going to hurt my skin like cortisone creams do. A spoonful each of honey and olive oil lasts me a whole day, and I make a new mixture every morning to keep things fresh and clean. And yes, it does feel sticky, but if I have to pick between itchy and sticky, you know what I'll pick. Hope this helps some of you.

Posted by Optional on 15/05/2010 at 06:48

Another sufferer here. I tried a prescription cream with cortisone which relieved it after a week. I was told not to continue after seven days use, so stopped. Unfortunately it returned and I've stayed living with it. I might try the cotton ball method.

Posted by Optional on 14/05/2010 at 07:01

Hi, i am 20 year old female. for the past 3 days my anus has been itching at night mostly and it not around the anus it more like in the anus. i have tried to check if it is worms, but i cant see anything. im very paranoid it is worms but is there other things that can make it itch alot at night also? i called doctor but may have to wait till monday.

Posted by Optional on 13/05/2010 at 08:08

an anal infection, irretating and after scratching pain followed. i avoid scratchjing it and i wash it with salt and dried it naturaly. give it more air so that to stop the unnessary moiture.

Posted by Optional on 13/05/2010 at 01:57

hi everyone i've suffered this problem roughly 25years,and only ever thought it was me,to embarresed to keep going back time after time to the doctors.only to discover this sight what a weight lifted off my shoulders.like others tried cream after cream worked 4 a short time... was treated 4 threadworms still had this itch that ruled my life tried load of others things that some of yous have mentioned. i use dermol shower cream and at last my doc took a look very unpleasent but...turns out i've cronic skin disorder and have been given dermovate oinment heaven can't believe i've found a cure after all these years.. good luck to the rest of yous and hope u get sorted like i did x

Posted by Optional on 12/05/2010 at 07:28

i've only been suffering this for a few months . use apple cider vinegar. a few drop on a cotton ball and pad in on your butt . it burns but after a few mintues you'll feel relief . if you can stand the burn use a hairdryer (cooling set) and blow it dr . it helps me.

Posted by Optional on 12/05/2010 at 11:54

Anal Itching is some thing which makes us used to it. And it makes us feel scratch when we go to bed. its also a physcological thinking that we need to scratch. As every one said there are many resons for this, Food habits, Cleanliness etc. there is an Cream that helps. " Clobate " Its relives itching for atleast 3 to 4 days.

Posted by Optional on 12/05/2010 at 09:29

Very Useful Information! Thank You

Posted by master of itchyness on 12/05/2010 at 01:19

chances are you could have eczema, because i do myself. you bum hole skin where it is pink could contain little cuts or cracked skin. i recommend elocon cream. cures the itch but can sometimes sting like crazy when applying it on the particular area. keep your dry bum after having a shower with a hair dryer on a cool temperature.

Posted by Optional on 01/05/2010 at 10:27

been up since 4am - in misery with this itching. Like many it's taken over my life. I've had it for about 20 years and like many have tried every suggestion and remedy I could find. Thanks so much for this site, a few more here to try. My suggestion for relief albeit temporary is my shower head on the strongest setting - aimed strategically. Sometimes I think I could shower all night! Cool packs between the cheeks are also helpful.

Posted by TREBOR on 30/04/2010 at 06:19

GREAT site, please can you tell me if a sitting device is available, as sitting is very sore!! thanks again for a great site!!!

Posted by ittchy on 30/04/2010 at 03:22

wow what a sigh of relief! thank god it's not something more serious....my asshole is SAVED!!!!!!

Posted by Stewart on 23/04/2010 at 08:04

This information has been extremely useful

Posted by Optional on 20/04/2010 at 10:33

Wow, Amazing how many new cases. Its a grey area in the Medical field.. Candida dosn't exist and so on... I guess we need to form a special diet club... the itch less lifestyle 'diet' Look into the Book Body Ecology I know how to heal this but it was just too hard.. I have been to India Meditation for 40 days after fasting 20 days in tailand and have road my bicycle hundreds of miles doing meditation every day and eating right.. but I always fall back on old habits. Funny thing is- itches less when I am off my healthy lifestyle.. But I know that it is going to be hell when I get the energy to fight again next time...

Posted by Bob on 20/04/2010 at 11:07

hey there my poor fellow sufferers... i have endured this bloody issue for probably 10 or 11 years now, it is ridiculous... i am hesistant to try any more treatments now coz im so annoyed that nothing seems to work. i use PRANTAL talcum powder or a ZSC powder after a 'movement.' this is the best temporary relief i have discovered over the years, but obviously far from a cure. am keen to hear more about these methylene blue injections if anyone has had the treatment and it succeeded

Posted by itchy rusty bullet hole on 19/04/2010 at 01:13

my itch is not by my ballooon knot but in between my knot and my ball sack so does anyone know a cure for that pleaseeeee help its driving me insane

Posted by Optional on 18/04/2010 at 01:09

I have an anal itch and also often need to help eject fecies manualy by entering my vagina and pushing through to the rectum

Posted by joey Duckie on 15/04/2010 at 03:35

I like to say that Mountain High Yoghurt you place to finger in the jar and place in crack your butt hole at night and that next morning its better and its save to use to and that its heal the tissue faster then creams that that burn the butt hole.

Posted by dale on 15/04/2010 at 02:46

I had given up hope of a cure for this itch but I found that simply soothing wipes really worked. i saw a comment on them in the Daily Mail. Great

Posted by Bummed on 13/04/2010 at 03:08

I've been dealing with the same problem for approximately 15 years. It is very discouraging to find that there is a very low confidence as to finding a treatment. I truly do not know what I am supposed to do, but I do know that I don't want to have to live with this for the rest of my life. I am ashamed to have this problem, but am very greatful that I am not the only one. It's scary to think that sooo many people can be effected by something like this and no solution can truly be found. I will look into this threadworm thing however. I'm hoping that science can pin this down.

Posted by Itchy Beggar on 12/04/2010 at 01:59

Thanks for all of the advice, i have suffered for over 5 years now, and a lot worse at stressful times. I recently got some steroid cream from my doctor and have been using it on and off for a couple of months, she never mentioned that prolonged use would make it worse. Going to try the cotton wool and talc thing and get tested for worms. Methylene blue looks promising (having used it as a redox indicator I never thought that I would have considered having it injected into my rectum), but it is still in clinical trials, perhaps in a few years it will be approved and available on the NHS. Fingers crossed. Best of luck everyone. IB

Posted by >:( on 11/04/2010 at 10:37

I am going to use some of your tips! I have this problem off and on since the end of 09. I know it's anxiety fueled and it really is driving me crazy. I genuinely dread having to go to the bathroom but hopefully this article will help. Thanks :)

Posted by :) on 05/04/2010 at 02:38

Hiya, I've started to get a really itchy and sticky anal area. It starts to itch alot, and especially after i have gone to the toilet. I do not have poor hygene, but it just feels really leaky and sweaty. Is it something i'm eating/drinking? Please help, quick!

Posted by jem on 04/04/2010 at 02:55

I have been dealing with this issue for over a month now, and started to think I had a real problem, or a hemriod or something. It IS ruling my world 50% of the time, and now I know ,I am making it worse by doing several of the things I now know I shouldn't. Thank you so much. I finally see a light at the end of this itchy tunnel!

Posted by Hotdudetta on 04/04/2010 at 09:05

Had anal itching for 3 weeks now, every minute, everyday! I searched for cure online, to no avail. I accidentally drank volumes of green tea with two original round lime squeezed in it for a night. Lo and behold, no itching again next day!. But 3 days later, I went ahead and treated myself for pinworms, treated candida of the genitals, with the 3-day clotrimazole cream, extending the cream to my anus; using off the counter drugs. Perfect. It went away completely! It's amazing what you can learn online.

Posted by Optional on 03/04/2010 at 07:40

i am itchy down there i have never slept with anyone is there any creams i can use ?

Posted by Optional on 02/04/2010 at 10:03

This has been the most embarrassing issue I have ever encountered. I have spent money on laser surgery unneccessarily with the hopes that my problem would be resolved. I've had a colonoscopy and have seen a specialist. Oh not to mention all of the creams etc., Your article mentioned the injection of a chemical called methylene blue into the anal area. This was my first time hearing about this and I will consult with my specialist to see if this is an option for me. This problem has been ongoing for about 2 long years now and quite frankly I'm loosing it, literally. Thanks for the wealth of information especially on using those creams for only 1 week. I had no idea those over the counter creams could prolong the problem but when you are looking for a relief this seemed to be the only logical solution. Thanks again so much. I was also wondering would you suggest getting the hair waxed from the anal area? I would think that hair would help with the sweating but could it be one of the reasons the anal area stays so moist?

Posted by Optional on 02/04/2010 at 08:19

I went to dox don't be embarrassed really that's what they are there for...I suffered with fissures and itching since Oct 09...it was so painful to poo aswell...don't know why I had this problem...but I got prescribed LOTRIDERM CREAM 30g and it has worked like magic, really, I feel like a new person.

Posted by Buck4017 on 31/03/2010 at 08:01

Omfg some of you guys sufferred more than 20 years?Wow, sure dont want to end up like that.I have just started having this problem two days ago and i freakin need help.When i shower it just makes it worse.And i have tried placing a wet paper towel between my anus and it never ceases to fail me :D.Now i freakin need help,To embarrased to go to doc plus from your points of view the docs are failing aND HELP ME I DUN wANT TO LIVE LIKE THIS.( depreession and entertainment-less is enough)

Posted by Optional on 31/03/2010 at 03:15

This has been the bane of my existance for the last few years. I was refered to a dermatologist by my doctor after trying a number of creams and also anti-fungal tablets. The dermatologist gave me trimovate cream and also aqueous to clean with. Aqueous cream is, far as i can tell, just a petroleum jelly akin to vaseline. It sounds a little gross but I apply the aqeous cream after going to the loo and clean my bottom with my hands and the shower head. I applied the trimovate after showering and at night before bed. A couple of weeks have passed and this problem has completely gone. I hope this helps.

Posted by RRRR on 31/03/2010 at 12:18

Hi I having this problem very long time. But very rarely it is very serious. But now a days my skin is also getting dry. Can any one suggest what to do? i tried with several doctors nothing works. Please advice.

Posted by Optional on 25/03/2010 at 02:13

I have several scracth in my sensitive part (anus) never sleep even Late night and i just stop flashing in my eye. but i'm so anxious now because that make me more and more trouble in my mind I just try to eliminate myself alas! I prospect you and entrust you for my keen relief.

Posted by Optional on 25/03/2010 at 12:41

this info is great! iv suffered with anal itching for years. went for tests and was told i had anal fissures. got prescribed a cream for it and it worked great! stung like mad when first put on but then took the itching away for over 12 hours at a time! great for during the night! then to my horror they stopped making the cream and 2 years on iv still not come across a cream that works! its emarrasing when im out and i have to run to a toilet to relieve the itching! its easy saying dont scratch but when u have to scratch you HAVE to! i find vaseline helps as it stops me itching till i bleed as it gives the skin a barrier against my nails. after reading this article im tempted to get checked for threadworms tho and im gonna look at more info on methylene injections!

Posted by Optional on 22/03/2010 at 05:49

I have had a itchy anus for over 15 years now. I have sleepless nights, uncomfortables day, insecure about what my anus looks like. It's been troublesome most of my life and it drives me mad. I have tried everything!!! I have inverted psoriasis. Steroids are the only thing that work. Though the flip-side is that once you take them they thin your skin. I now have several anal tags which can be very uncomfortable. Does anyone know how to make them smaller??? I would do anything for a normal anus. Isn't that funny, it's been my secret my whole life practically.

Posted by Optional on 21/03/2010 at 02:17

my anus is itching me to death

Posted by Car on 20/03/2010 at 01:14

Hi This has been happening to me for years. I noticed when i went on hols it wasnt itchy. Then I went away one year for a month and I copped again I wasnt itchy. So when i came back home, I watched what I was eating and it was chicken that was driving me mad all my life, I cant eat chicken or the torture is unreal. It was great for ages there but its starting again which means there must be another food doing it aghhhhhhhhhhhh

Posted by Optional on 19/03/2010 at 07:44

Hi everyone I have been having serious problems with itching for the past 6 months and I have tried alot of things to eliminate it. I have thought it was allergy related and have tried cutting out certain things from my diet to no avail, I have thought I have had piles and have used creams and suppositories with no success,and I thought maybe it was the washing powder and tried using Surcare for sensitive skin but this didn't help either. It was literally driving me round the bend and was always worse at night. Thanks to this site and people's suggestions I tried Bepanthen baby nappy rash cream which soothed my sore skin and I even had to resort to using Piriton antihistamine syrup to stop the itching though it made me very drowsy. I never thought for one minute that it could be threadworms especially as I am not double jointed or flexible enough to bend myself over to inspect my bum!! I researched on the internet and decided to get an over the counter treatment called OVEX. Now, I know it's early days as I only took it yesterday but after a few hours the feeling around my anus subsided and for the first night in what feels like years, I did not have a single urge to scratch!! I have also started to wash myself with the hose of the shower in the bath every morning and after every bowel movement and this has also helped. For those of you who are at their wits end and maybe haven't thought of threadworms then it is worth a try. Even if it doesn't help at least you have tried this avenue and taking the one tablet (that's all it takes) will do you no harm. I am just keeping my fingers crossed that this is the end of my itchy scratchy days which have been horrible. I really hope this may help someone.

Posted by Optional on 10/03/2010 at 01:18

Doctors are very understanding that people don't want to be examined and so if you tell them you dont't want to be most doctors will tell you how you can help yourself with the problem!

Posted by Optional on 10/03/2010 at 12:28

try taking celastamine tablets,Take a bath twice daily, put fluocinonide cream on afected area hope this works for you

Posted by Relief on 06/03/2010 at 01:52

I had a very irritating anal itch for 3 months then I was told about Wellspring Herbals in Ceredigion, W Wales. The clinic is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30 to 4.00. I was sent a myrrh cream which after a few days began to have a powerful effect on my itching & now after 10 days the itch has stopped. What a miracle!

Posted by Optional on 03/03/2010 at 04:58

worked for me! I went to a new Doctor and he prescribed an antifungal/anti inflammatory cream called Clotrimazole and Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream USP. I hope it works for you--

Posted by Optional on 26/02/2010 at 08:07

I have had this anal itching for about 3 months now and driving me insane. I thought it was the piles causing it but think it's a skin tag. I've used every type of cream for piles, nappy rash creams, sudocrem (which is quite good) and now have been putting live yoghurt on (quite messy but does give some relief). They tell me when the skin tag is removed things will get better but I don't know!! I also have a medicine to stop my bowels being open so often. Something is causing the irritation but I just don't know what!!! - the yoghurt definitely is a help though - good luck all of you out there with this problem it's a pain in the backside to be sure!!!

Posted by Optional on 25/02/2010 at 06:03

I've had all of these same symptoms around the anal area, itching, burning. All you need to do is go get some Thayers Original Witch Hazel w/ Aloe...works almost instantly. Thanks for the referrals everyone

Posted by Jeff9 on 25/02/2010 at 05:30

Itching and pain be gone! I found a solution to Anal Itch in the Bathroom Bidet Sprayers they use in Thailand. Every doctor will tell you that you need to clean but the key is you need to do it without irritating the skin. Difficult to accomplish when you have an itch that is just begging to be scratched. But cleaning with a water spray does just that and it is easy, convenient and no one need know what you are using it for. Toilet paper irritates the skin and the more you rub, the more you itch. I bought mine at http://www.bathroomsprayers.com and installed it myself. Check out; http://www.bathroomsprayers.com/info/mypage.php?page=20

Posted by itchyscratchy on 23/02/2010 at 04:44

I have suffered from anal itching for a while and fissures for a very long time. The itching has recently become very bad. After reading the comments here, I thought I would try using mouthwash which was recommended and it did temporarily take the itch away. I don't think it's a cure, but if you suffer from this problem you know how the itching can sometimes drive you mad. I am going to try to use the mouthwash after every BM so see if that helps. By the way, the brand I used was Oral B without alcohol

Posted by Weevie on 22/02/2010 at 12:57

I've had problems with itching for about 4 years now - it seems incredible thinking back on it! I've tried all sorts of things in the past, but a week ago I tried using Germolene, which is both an antiseptic and a local anesthetic. Suddenly everything has calmed down and gone back to normal. I've stopped using the cream for the last couple of days and everything is still good. I'm really optimistic that this is the end of the problem.

Posted by breelyn on 18/02/2010 at 01:37

I have been suffering from severe anal itching for about 8 months now and have tried every thing on the market, and then some... steroid cream didn't work...I am going to make an appointment with a dermatologist (something I should have done 6 months ago) and hope for the best. I was tested for everything including yeast. I was totally clean. Don't get it and can't really stand it anymore. I am getting sores from itching. I tried powder for the first time tonight. Still want to itch. The only thing that seems to work is vaseline and I am sure that is probably the worst thing for it....Feels like things are crawling around in that area....

Posted by ahmed on 17/02/2010 at 12:54

yes i did get some insight into the matter,but i m still desperate 4 some remedy, i am presently useing homeopathy treatment, it gives me some relife but after the medicene is finished i again go through a lot of pain.

Posted by Anonymous on 08/02/2010 at 10:05

lady t in regards to stomach issues try not drinkin coffee or any fizzy drinks it has totally changed my life

Posted by ray on 08/02/2010 at 11:55

I've had this problem since last year, damn, it's irritating. I don't have a clue how did I get it!...but I've realised something...the more I don't drink beer, the more it gets better...but I love beer!

Posted by lady t on 08/02/2010 at 08:14

hey, ive a problem with my bowels... my anal area is very ichy and it becomes very irriating at times..im taking tablets for ibs but i feel that its not the problem as it is linked to my vaginal area also..i was treated in hosiptal 3 or 4 times i was treatened with appendixcitous..ive severe adobdomnial pain also bloating..it also gets very bad around my menstural cycle.. any ideas on what cud be wrong.. i wud appreciate ur help..:)

Posted by Anonymous on 07/02/2010 at 11:01

what i found really helped was a cold damp cloth/ flannel applied to the affected area and squashed between buttocks to hold it there . i tried all sorts creams ointments ,nothing worked just this way

Posted by Anonymous on 07/02/2010 at 04:07

If you have anal itch try taking mouthwash and putting it on a cotton pad and rubbing the area. It may string for a bit, but it works!

Posted by lisa smith on 06/02/2010 at 11:58

i have bleeding from the back passage today,and ive bin to doctors and they said see how the bleeding goes,im not happy with the oppinion at all and im worried

Posted by Jackie on 05/02/2010 at 04:12

I have had anal itching for several years and am embarrassed to say I now just treat it as part of my life. I get very little sleep because I am scratching all night which then has a knock on effect the following day. I have tried every cream under the sun. I was referred to a dermatologist who prescribed a steroid cream and although I did see the specialist on several occasions after about 18 months she signed me off her patient list stating she didnt know what the problem was and advised me to go back to my GP. I didnt go back to my GP theres only so much one can take having a stranger prodding around the most sensitive area of your body.. I stumbled across this site by accident and decided to read on. I have to say although its a little selfish it makes you feel a bit better knowing you are not the only one suffering. I might after reading all of your comments go back to my GP. The reality is that there are probably millions of us suffering in silence and its good to hear of success stories. It is obvious that by reading all of the comments that there are clearly many different causes to the problem and many different cures so I suppose its trial and error. Im up to my 6th year now so hopefully 2010 might be my year....

Posted by Paul on 03/02/2010 at 09:38

Canesten HC cream must be the HC version not the standard thrush cream,i have suffered for around 19 years & this is under control now, doesnt get rid of the problem, but as long as you keep using it it stays at bay, you are supposed to use this cream for 6 weeks but i use it permanently & it has been a godsend

Posted by Anonymous on 02/02/2010 at 04:14

Looked at this site yesterday, had problem for 6 months tried Canasten cream and a an antihistiman tablet at night worked wonders best sleep for a long time. Hope it continues

Posted by octavia on 02/02/2010 at 11:09

i have that anal problem and itching,irritable and burning terrible vaginal odour discharge and after a lot of using this and that i found out that my problem was eating anything that has any kind of chills on it and also probiflora capsule heal me totally.

Posted by george on 01/02/2010 at 04:24

itchy on inside of foreskine cant pull back foreskine or it will bleed

Posted by Anonymous on 31/01/2010 at 05:24

I have suffered from intense anal itching for over three years now and have tried nearly everything (Methlene blue injections, diet changes, non floride toothpaste)with only moderate, temporary success. For me the itch is intensified with moisture (this is why many of the creams and ointments don't work.) I have to keep the area clean and dry. Capsaicin cream at .006 does work. It burns like crazy but it beats the unbearable itching. However, since it comes in a cream (moisture), the itching generally returns. I asked my doctor recently to write a prescription for 30GM of Capsaicin .006 in a powder. You will need to take this to a compound pharmacy (one that mixes drugs) This is the most effective thing I have found so far. The problem is not completely resolved, but I am making significant progess and as you all know, one day without this nightmere problem is a welcome relief. I can't tell you how many sleepless nights and crying spells I have experienced. Finally I pray to God that each of you may soon find some relief as I did and can get on with your lives without being consummed with this embarrising problem. I am also grateful I found this web-site with all of it's helpful suggestions from each of you. Don't give up.

Posted by frustrated on 31/01/2010 at 12:19

I have had for the last 2 months itching in the anus especially at night. Doctors have said it is not pinworms (examined my stools) but I have noticed dark, hairthin, up to 4mm objects in the anus. I have had 2 lots of mebendizole over 4 weeks which had no effect. Would hydrogen peroxide or witch hazel help? Or diluted tea tree oil or citricidal?

Posted by helen on 29/01/2010 at 05:31

I have had a severe problem with itching in my anus. I also have a problem with pain that feels like razor blades before and after faeces have been passed. The pain can last for many hours.

Posted by anon on 26/01/2010 at 03:23

Having had a sore itchy anus for some weeks and tried all sorts of creams with no success, I decided that the real issue here was cleanliness. Wiping your anus with toilet paper not only doesn't clean it properly but the constant abrasive makes it worse. I therefore decided to use water to clean my anus rather then paper. I achieved this by taking a bottle of warm water to the toilet with me. After relieving my bowel, I used a sheet of toilet paper to remove most of the excrement. And then with one hand poured the water from above the anus so it went down the crack while using my 3rd finger of my other hand to encourage the water up the anus by pushing my finger in and out to a depth of 2 -3 inches, while continuing to pour the water. This gave immediate and lasting relief. If the anus is very inflamed cold water is very soothing. I have continued to use this method for a number of months with no reoccurance of the problem.

Posted by Anonymous on 26/01/2010 at 10:26

I have anal itching. It give me trouble. please suggest some medicine.

Posted by AnaNOitch on 25/01/2010 at 05:40

Anal or rectal itching (Pruritus ani) is a common ailment many people suffer from. The main symptom is the irritation of the skin at the exit of the rectum, known as the anus, causing the desire to scratch. For relief from this condition go to: www.ananoitch.com

Posted by anon on 22/01/2010 at 04:18

I'm glad I stumbled upon this forum. It's a relief that I'm not alone and that others have similar symptoms such as itching worse at night. It's hard to remember when this started, but I've had it for a few years at least. It's definitely induced by things like stress, but I wish I could narrow it down further. There are times when it stops and I have some relief--wish I knew what I did differently during that time. I believe it's something in our diets. With all the crap that's in our foods today, it's any wonder why more and more people are complaining about things like migraines, itchy skin, etc. I believe wheat is a problem and probably dairy. Humans are the only species to drink the milk of another species--what does this tell you? The fluoride and chlorine comment below is also interesting--I'm going to try that. I just hope it stops--what an irritating condition!

Posted by ANON on 19/01/2010 at 01:10

I'm only 22 and i've been suffering from an anal and vaginal itch for about three years, the doctors say its thrush, not thrush, piles, not piles, reaction to thrush cream etc etc, i'm considering homeopathic medicine as i have lost faith in the NHS. My partner and i have been unable to have sex for a year now and its getting me down. I actually feel depressed.

Posted by Anonymous on 16/01/2010 at 04:28

5 years living with this unbearable problem thinking there was no solution to it. Wrong! After taking a FOOD INTOLERANCE TEST which identifies IgG antibodies to certain foods, i discovered i

Posted by Mat on 16/01/2010 at 06:27

I found this site after three months of suffering. I used Fourderm cream and within 24 hours the symptoms had completely disappeared. Bliss....

Posted by itchy damah! on 15/01/2010 at 05:19

greetings to all my fellow sufferers! this is my first post on here, i am a 20 year old guy from london uk and have had an itchy anas for as long as i can remember, its been many years now, i have not been to the doctor because as well as it being kinda embarrasing, my GP is pretty rubbish to be honest, i have not tried any creams or treatments but i hav good hygiene and wash regularly, the itchiness can be dormant some times but intense at other times, worse at night as im sure you all are well aware of! its deffinitely worse with humidity and heat. im not sure what to do, may i'll change my doctor and finally try and get some help, i hope i have more luck with their treatments than some of you guys, its been too long! my anal area is very dry and that may have something to do with it but some suggestions on here say to keep it dry with powder and other to moisturise, i think the latter may be of more use to me, i may try some self service to see what i can do before the inevitable daunting trip to the doctors! im glad to have found somewhere to let this off my chest! and also happy to see you all doing the same, Dont suffer in silence! id be happy to get some advice, comments or just general replies from the rest of you guys, jus quote my display name somewhere, wish me luck on the road to treatment and will no doubt do thesame for all of you!

Posted by Anonymous on 15/01/2010 at 10:25

I have an itch around the inside of my groin area. I have noticed a rash appear on the inside of my upper legs. This rash appears to be dry. Help!!!

Posted by Cured! on 13/01/2010 at 10:27

Just stumbled across this site, used to be a sufferer of the nightmare you all know and hate. Hydrocortizone cream cured me and I would never be without it. Amazing results within 2 days and after 2 years of misery. Good luck and don't be fooled in to internet 'anti itch' potions, I wasted a fortune, nothing worked!

Posted by Annon on 12/01/2010 at 11:13

I have suffered with anul itching for 25 years now and i really did'nt think anyone else suffered the same. Im going to try bepanthen ointment meant for babys,so i will let you all know how i get on.

Posted by Anonymous on 09/01/2010 at 03:28

I've had anal itching for several years and the cause seems to be raw tomatoes. As soon as I stop eating them the itching goes (cooked tomatoes are fine). Also, curries seem to start it up but the main thing is that things in the same food family like tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant (aubergine) (all in the nightshade family). I understand the itching is a form of psoriasis. Canesten HC cream (in very small amounts) works a treat.

Posted by vee1981 on 04/01/2010 at 12:23

after reading all the information, i know i have fungal infection around my anus, is there some medicine i can buy from the phamarcy without seeing a doctor.

Posted by Anonymous on 02/01/2010 at 05:39

Please do not go to the Rudd Clinic in Toronto or Oakville... I was referred to Dr. Rudd by my GP. He was dismissive and unhelpful. His recommendations were to stop eating certain foods (which I had already done) and to buy his book ($30) and to buy Anurex (that basically helps you ice the area... this does not stop the problem). I went back for a follow-up and he, again, was dismissive and rude. Although he is supposedly an 'expert' in this area, he was unable to provide me with any useful solutions or options. I have been suffering for more than 3 years now and I am unwilling to "accept that I might have to live with this pain for the rest of my life".

Posted by Rob Rooster on 21/12/2009 at 01:17

I'm suspicious, I posted some information early in December but it is not on the viewing page!? I have suffered anal itching as long as I can remember, and have sought medical help repeatedly.The itching would wake me up three or four times a night, stop me concentrating at work or leisure and generally make my life uncomfortable. I have always had good hygene, and I am a hetrosexual who has not had sexual trauma or infection from contact.No parasites. No fungal infection. Recent examination showed 'Healthy tissue' I have however suffered I.B.S.(irratable bowel syndrome) passing about 7/10 bowel movements a day, and anal leakage (orange coloured digestive fluid?) I recently had a bad reaction against a 'whitening toothpaste' and internet searched 'joint pain/toothpaste'. As a result I stopped using Flouride toothpaste,started taking an Iodine suppliment use only non Chlorinated, non Flourinated water and guess what!? No more I.B.S. AND NO MORE ITCHING!! Allmost immediately after I stopped ingesting Flouride and Chlorine, NO MORE ITCH.GOOD LUCK, ROB.

Posted by John on 18/12/2009 at 01:41

I have had this problem for about 6 months, and it is just tearing me down. I have tried everything and done lots of research, nothing helps. I went for an STD test the other day, because I read that the cause for this itch could be an STD, but I didn't have an STD. Kinda bummed me, wish I had an STD so I could take an antibiotic and make it go away. I have no idea what to do, I have been trying the Lamisil trick but it's not really helping at all. I really hope this isn't just something I have to live with like a few people have written. The worst thing about all of this is waking up in the middle of the night with that crazy itch, at that time I'm not even thinking about it and itch till I think I better stop before I cause damage to something. Help!!

Posted by Anonymous on 15/12/2009 at 06:59

Hey everyone. I do have the same problem with anal itching. I feel like its getting worse and worse everyday. It gets so bad that sometimes I have to break plans off because I have to go home and take a shower to relieve the itching and pain. I went to go see my doctor and told me that it was a fungus. He told me to use Lamisil(for athletes feet) 2-3 times a day after you take a shower. Make sure everything is dry before applying the cream. I have been using the cream for the past 2 weeks and I can definitely say it feels pretty good on many days. But some days I feel worse than ever. All I want to do is get rid of this problem so I can have a normal life.

Posted by Anonymous on 12/12/2009 at 12:28

I can sympathise with people who have had anal/rectal itching for years. It can drive you mad. I suffered from this problem for over ten years, had various visits to GPs, used steroids (temporary relief) and had skin tags removed with the promise of a cure. The inference was that I was not keeping myself clean, not true. I have tried all the advice mentioned on this website avoiding all irritants etc.with little success. Recently I found a tube of Canesten, used in a previous life and past its sell buy date (apologies for breaking the rules), and in desperation applied the cream. Would you believe that the torture I have suffered for a decade could have been a fungal infection, unidentified by GPs and bum consultant. I am hoping I have self-diagnosed correctly but I have not had severe itching for weeks now. Please persevere with your doctor, suggest seeing a skin specialist and also suggest thrush might be the cause. I should have been more persistent with my doctor, but as usual embarrassment takes over. I hope this helps other sufferers.

Posted by waqar on 09/12/2009 at 05:06

There is itch in my Ass. But there is no worm . I can't these worms . please help me.

Posted by Lypomas/Lipomas on 08/12/2009 at 07:57

DearSir/Madam I have been suffering with a condition known as lipomas,(not to sure of how to spell this) these are fatty solid lumps that form just under the skin, 15 years ago I had only one the size of a half golf ball at the top and to the front of my upper leg. I had this one surgically removed, from then on these have popped all over my body, upper legs to the side, buttocks, arms and front of torso. What I would like to know is what is causing this, is it a common complaint, is there a treatment without surgery, or can I have the worst ones removed. I find now that it is very embarissing for me to go swimming and when I am on hoiliday, poeple stare, it makes me feel contaminated in some way. Yours a concerned patient

Posted by Anonymous on 08/12/2009 at 03:57

for over a year i have been taking three daily polycarbophil pills for chronic constipation, which most of the time worked. i did not read the instructions, thou, to "not take for more than one week", and now I am having a very unconfortable anal itching, probably caused by my frequent efforts to evacuate.

Posted by Anonymous on 08/12/2009 at 02:07

12 years of this pain itch/moving wormish creature my anas, this has reduced me to tears a countless number of times and sometimes even futher. Dr's have no clue what it is, they've done blood tests, looked inside of my anas and nothing. This thing inside of my anas has ruined so much of my life and will continue to if i don't do something, i've read nearly all these comments and found 1 person say '' it is part of my life, i have learn't to live with this'' and that alone just makes me want to cry.

Posted by Larry on 27/11/2009 at 06:10

Itching around the anus, not directly the anus itself. Can't seem to get rid of the itch. What to do?

Posted by Anonymous on 23/11/2009 at 07:46

6 years of this pain (itch) in the butt! Started with a test for pinworms which was negative. have been to multiple dr's (dermatologist, allergist, gastro-enterologist, and multiple specialist) after an extensive allergy test, 2 sigmoidiscopy's, 2 coloniscopy's and more then I can count creams, gels, powders etc...the only thing that gives me sleep is a benedryl every night- can you get addicted? I'm tired of dr's- the last specialst I went to gave me a pile of prescriptions and told me to try one at a time. At that point I realized dr's have no more of a clue than I do. the itch stays in the anal area. there are times when i actually feel like something is crawling down there- I think it's moisture. i've had a history of hemmorhoids and anal fissure but, when i was much younger. stress and heat aggrevate it. any gel type medicine (desitine, a&d) aggrevates it as well. have not yet tried corn starch. i'll give that a try next.

Posted by tiredofproblems on 20/11/2009 at 06:14

I'm currently treating a yeast infection, and I've noticed an increase (since it was there before) in anal itching. I also was recently diagnosed with IBS, and I can't tell which problem is causing what...what should I do? It's getting bad and sooo frustrating. Also, how can you tell if you have the pinworms? I've checked my stool and around the anal area at night and there's nothing there...Thanks!

Posted by Steve on 19/11/2009 at 10:28

My best treatment for my soreness with itching and fissures is 2% clotrimazole Thrush Cream, which I occasionally get on prescription. (1% clotrimazole would not work even with HC.) For prevention, I clean up with a Tesco UNPERFUMED moist toilet tissue after a first wipe with dry tissue to get the worst off. This works so well for me that I don't often have to use the Thrush cream treatment. However, if I notice the symptoms starting, then I treat with Thrush cream immediately for a few days to stamp out the Candida infection. I don't use soap ever, just Dermol lotion in the shower plus Dermol cream as an after-wash moisturiser.

Posted by ravi on 16/11/2009 at 05:19

I have had no relief from this problem for 4 days now. I hope some of your suggestions might help! I have seen a specialist and am just living with discomfort every day. Your site gives me hope though. Thank You

Posted by Bunny on 16/11/2009 at 04:07

I suffered for more almost 2 years with severe anal itching to the point where i had to make numerous bathroom trips a day just to go scratch. My hands suffered as well from all the handwashing. I finally put my embarassment aside and went to the doctor in which i found out the problem was just the soap i used. After changing brands of soap, i was o.k.

Posted by QueenTimely for daughter on 15/11/2009 at 12:30

My 8-year old daughter has been suffering from anal and vaginal itching and anal fissures for a few years now and we've tried so many things. Recently she has tested positive for golden staph and we're treating that with antibiotics, but the itching is getting worse, as some here have experienced. Antibiotics sometimes trigger thrush, but we've also treated her for thrush to little or no avail. We'll try the bepthanol for the fissures, do the washing, maybe with the baby soap, try to keep it dry and maybe use the Bonds. Thanks so much for this Board!

Posted by Aussie_30yrs.ITCH on 13/11/2009 at 03:36

Well hello all, after 30 plus years of AI - there is a solution! Eczema as I thought was my culprit, it goes like this [first though, eliminate the good advice above, worms etc]. Vague outbreaks of Eczema were shown to my GP in a routine check he prescribed a Corticosteroid, called Elocon Cream 0.1%. It dissolved the Eczema in three applications - never returned. Tried it on 'the 30 year troubled fundament' presto - gone - period. Sleep all night, rare follow up attacks require a single treatment only - gone now for ten months, big improvement in overall health. My sequence is triggered by thrush, get run down from heavy work or miss a nights sleep, use and anti-fungal like 'Lamisil' to label instructions then one hit of Elocon, made by Schering-Plough Italy.

Posted by ralph on 09/11/2009 at 03:28

It works temporarily to stop the itch...it's called Anurex...no prescription needed! Try it, it will help a bit...you can use it as much as you like. I have two and use them back to back and it sometimes really works. Also, try researching the Rudd Clinic in Toronto. Might help some of you...I'm still suffering, haven't figured out the cause yet, but Rudd tells me I have Anusitis (inflamed Anal passage) causes discharge and pruritus. I am seeing a naturopath right now, hope he can help. I will let you know...It's been almost 20 years!

Posted by duchovnypoker7 on 07/11/2009 at 11:57

Hi, I also had problems with anal itching and I tried a lot of creams but finally this one worked really great for me. Now I got no itching problems at all. You can look at it here: http://www.analitching.info/

Posted by anonymous on 03/11/2009 at 02:51

having bang same problem so ive read all this page and am also trying the aloe vera witch stuff will le ya know how it goes but had it about a year now n its ruining my life feel like my hands are always down my pants scratching

Posted by HB on 29/10/2009 at 05:50

I have struggled with anal fissures on and off for the past several years because of frequent constipation. Normally they are small and heal on their own, but this year I had a really bad one that had me at wits end! The pain was tough, but the worst part for me was the unbearable itching at night! For months it led me to scratch, which kept me from sleeping and the fissure from healing. I tried creams and powders, tips and tricks like the ones listed above, but nothing fixed the problem. After extensive online research, I found out about a German diaper rash cream called Penaten. It's not available in the US, but can be found online for maybe $10. I tried it on a hunch, and within a week my fissure had healed! The itching hadn't stopped, however, so I assumed I had some kind of infection due to the scratching, moisture, etc. I've been swabbing hydrogen peroxide on the area once or twice a day now for the past few days, and the itching is now almost gone! I honestly feel like I have my life back now, and I wanted to let everyone know, so hopefully it can help someone else struggling with the same problem! Good luck all!

Posted by Nitin on 27/10/2009 at 02:35

I found just everything I needed , hearty Thanx to the team

Posted by me on 13/10/2009 at 01:24

we blend yogourt with garlic and drink it for 2 days, and then its gone magicly!

Posted by c on 06/10/2009 at 06:04

what a releif to know im not alone with this itchy problem , ive only had it a few months but its doin my head in, i scratch n draw blood most times not much blood but still it cant be normal , thing is you cant realy ask your mates about it can you , gonna try some of the suggestions on here , not goin to the docs just too embarrasing , thank you for letting me know im not alone ..

Posted by Health Press on 06/10/2009 at 02:04

Check out Dr Phil Hammond's guide to anal itching at http://www.embarrassingproblems.com/problems/problempage.htm

Posted by dee on 30/09/2009 at 11:50

my bottom has itched now for 21 years i have had creams from the doc but nothing has worked, bought loads of creams still not worked, cant use toilet roll as its to ruff, baby wipes are good but still dont work, any ideas plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by gaurav on 30/09/2009 at 07:14

I have an anal itching problem. also I am underweight and slim. my age is 26 and I weigh only 50 kgs. Kindly help me out how can I gain weight or what diet I can have to gain weight.

Posted by JR on 30/09/2009 at 03:10

I had terrible anal itch & this is kind of a gross remedy but it worked. I'd had some previous luck in getting rid of a nasty rash in my under arms by exposure to sunshine so I figured . . . yes that's right I had to lay in a private area and hold my anus exposed to direct sun light for about 30 minutes. I live in FL. Anyway after years of suffering it completely went away & that was a year ago.

Posted by Insanely Itchy on 22/09/2009 at 10:45

While it is heartening to know that I am not alone in suffering, it seems as if there is no consensus on what causes intense anal itching and how to cure it. I've been suffering with this for about 4 years now. I am not sure what started it. It seems to be aggravated by heat/moisture. And it definitely flares up more at night, often waking me out of sound sleep with intense and burning itching sensation. A cool shower seems to help. I've tried every cream under the sun, and many types of powders. The only thing that seems to keep it at bay is Gold Bond powder, which I think has a menthol chemical in it which causes a cooling sensation. This lowers the itching but does not take it away. I've systematically gone though the possible sources: fungus, yeast, and just plain irritated skin (due to not wiping well after BM perhaps). I've tried leading and powerful fungus medicines such as fluconazole pills, nystatin ointment with no effects on the itching. (The fluconazole made me nauseated.) I've tried terbinafine hydrocloride 1% with no effect. I've also used a variety of female vaginal yeast creams with no effect. So my thought now is - I must either have parasites or an allergy to wheat. I am going to attempt a 4 raw garlic clove per day diet to eliminate any parasites. If that does not work after 1 or 2 weeks, I will try to obtain some Zentel. If that has no effect, I will try to eliminate wheat from my diet. I hope to check back here in 2 weeks. Best of luck, Insanely Itchy

Posted by Jeff on 22/09/2009 at 08:47

Think i'm probably the longest suffering veteran of this affliction on this listing - 32 years - but i finally cracked it. i lived and worked abroad for some years, in the middle east (where i picked it up), continental europe, asia and america and consulted doctors in all those places to no avail. i tried everything listed in the other comments here: creams, ointments, steroids, cotton, powders, pills, clothing. nothing worked, at least not for long. then last year i found a formula by accident: i was using common 'baby wipes' (they're gentlest to the skin) every day after bowel movement and i then used Vaseline as a barrier for a couple of days but realised it was leaving a smear on the new office furniture so decided to cut it out and use nothing but the wipes. magically the itching just stopped. i don't pretend to know why after all these decades of misery but i havent itched for almost a year. It's such a relief. So don't give up hope, keep trying something. and even if this simple formula doesnt work for you something surely will. good luck and even though it drives you crazy, and i know it does, just be grateful you don't have some of the really awful things that are out there.

Posted by catherine hurley on 22/09/2009 at 02:48

i have a red bumpy area around my anus it feels very rough and itchy the redness has moved to the top of the inside of my thighs and my vulva is also itchy and swollen i just do not know what todo because my gp wont do much i have had this problem for 2months

Posted by Don on 21/09/2009 at 11:08

Hi to all my fellow sufferers - I feel slightly guilty for not having written before now, but I wanted to be sure of the relief I have obtained, before passing on this information. Like many of you, I suffered abominably from an itchy, burning anus. I tried moisturising creams which did help for a long time, but eventually the relief stopped and an anal fissure occurred. So, the search through the different hemarroid creams began, none of them were really effective. Eventually I confided to my wife about the misery this was causing me, and bless her, she said why not try the BEPANTHEN PROTECTIVE BABY OINTMENT ? (Produced by BAYER). Well, I DID, and that was four months ago - the relief was instant and long lasting. A small amount applied after soft wiping, after each bowel movement and the effect is little short of miraculous. Although not mentioned on the box, which states "For the prevention and treatment of nappy rash. Treatment of sore or cracked nipples"....the package insert ALSO mentions, "....ulcers, ANAL FISSURES, skin grafts....." I cannot say it will work for all of you out there, but for those who find the relief I did, it is a blessing. I think the fact that the product was developed for baby's sensitive skins should be cause for confidence, but by all means check with your GP first if you have any doubts. Also, in my country the product is called Bepanthen, but it may be marketed under another name where you live. If that is the case, ask your local Bayer agent for the baby cream with the active ingredient/substance DEXPANTHENOL, ("the alcohol corresponding to pantothenic acid") - the ointment contains 50 mg/g dexpanthenol. Good luck, guys, here's hoping you DON'T suffer the seven-year-itch !! Hahaha. Regards, Don

Posted by Anonymous on 21/09/2009 at 09:19

I feel really embarrassed to go and see my GP, but i know that it is a fungal infection. My skin is rotting between my scrotum and anus and this causes a pungent smell which is even more embarrassing. How am i supposed to approach my family doctor about this?

Posted by A.Alvares on 12/09/2009 at 06:16

mum used to tell me to put a pod of garlic inside the anus (not right in but with a small section of the garlic pea hanging out. I tried it recently as hives around the anus made the itching excrutiatingly unbearable and the itching stopped. The worms don't seem to be able to get past the garlic pod. I plan to get dewormed after I find what kind of worms are causing the itch.

Posted by brian on 11/09/2009 at 12:19

i have suffered from anal itch from aged 20 and been to many doctors etc all to no avail.about 6 years ago i read in a book called inner cleansing by carlson wade to do a 24 hour red grape juice fast every 2 weeks and this has worked brilliantly.no more itch

Posted by Anonymous on 30/08/2009 at 02:01

MY bowels of anus donot open, it gives me lot of pain, is it a serious problem

Posted by koos on 27/08/2009 at 09:48

hey yall, an itchy ring piece has been a part of my life for the last 4 years. Apparently its not very serious, its just very annoying! The skin is dry and when i scratch it, its kind of flakey, almost like dandruff. In my case moisture helps, i've found that Prep shaving cream takes the itch away but not the problem causing it,and after i've showered its pretty bad, i think thats got something to do with the soap, anyway, im too embarrassed to go to a dr and from what i read here the doctors haven't been very successful in solving most of the problems.

Posted by VBear on 27/08/2009 at 03:41

Wow! Thanks for all the useful suggestions. I think stress is a bit cause of my itching. It was clearing up nicely until the in-laws came round for tea last week! I'm going to start putting some of your suggestions into practise today and will let you know how I get on. I'm getting married in November, and want to be itch free for my big day.

Posted by don't be nosey on 25/08/2009 at 05:35

Have had an itchy anus for so many years now. It is really bad, i go through a pair of jeans every three months or so. It is expensive. I dont think it would be fair to say that hygiene is a reason, as am festidious about keeping this area clean. So frustrated.

Posted by Roy C on 24/08/2009 at 07:57

I have suffered with Anal Itching on and off for the last 10 years. I have been to the doctors so many times I have lost count. I've also had an Anal Fissure on and off for the last 6 years as well. Finally 6 years ago I had a small operation to tie off my piles to deal with a clear discharge that was causing me to scratch uncontrolably when the discharge leaked out onto my affected skin. During this last 6 months this condition has come back big time. I am now scheduled in the next 2 months to go and have the Piles tied off again plus have a visit with a dermatologist. I know it will not fix the fissure, my diet will have to sort that out. I just hope the discharge will stop and then itching will cease immediately following.... Watch this space.

Posted by Nuni on 21/08/2009 at 08:11

I am up right now, itching in the middle of the night. I found cold to be very usefull. Either take a shower with cold water to rince the area, but make sure to patt it dry, or put some ice cubes in a Zippy bag wrap it in paper towel and put it between the cheeks for 10 minutes. Will be able to go back to sleep in a little bit.

Posted by Anonymous on 19/08/2009 at 10:22

Heat seems to be the activator to nightly itching.....sleep with two blankets..... one from the knees down and one from the waist up....this keeps you warm and your ass cool and itch free.....if this is not enough get a litte house fan (low setting) and set on a chair beside the bed pointed at your ass to promote air circulation....it works/....

Posted by hs on 10/08/2009 at 06:02

Guys i am too suffering the same , infact two of itchy issues... Rash around my vaggina/vulva and anus. Have tried steriod creams but no avail. Also once got a medicine for yeast infection but all seems to be a waste. Its been over 2yrs now. Pls help me.

Posted by itchy em on 09/08/2009 at 01:46

After one night in despair, i searched the net for itchy anus, i came across this site. i have been a sufferer for almost 2yrs. i cant describe the sleepless nights and the uncontrollble suffering throughout the days i have endured. i was amazed that the doctors has kept given me creams and suppoidtories that hadn't worked. after reading some of your advice (i cant believe that some of you have been suffering for more than 20 years) i have found relief in using cotton wool balls with talcum powder everyday. this had made such a huge differernce to my life. i tried the tee tree oil and the salt baths with have helped a little. But what helped me the most was a cotton wool ball covered in talcum powerder inside my pants. thankyou to anyone who has helped me though this site. i am due to have a hospital appt. on monday to remove an "old pile" wich is apperenlty causing all my problems, removed, i dont think it will make any difference what so ever but im willing to try any thing.

Posted by Tommy on 04/08/2009 at 02:10

I've made 2 x posts here before, the last one being 16/07/2009. I went to the doctor. This is my best feedback so far. I explained to the Doctor that I was using the T-tree oil but it was only giving temporary relief and the itching was returning. I said that I thought I may have food intolerance (gluten, wheat etc) and maybe I should get tested for that? The Dr took a cursory look at my anus and said not to get hung up on having food intolerances. He prescribed me an ointment that is 1% 'Hydrocortisone' (dissolved) and also 'Lanolin-free', 'parabin-free' and 'chlorocresol-free'. Here in Australia it is called, "Egocort Cream". You need a doctor's prescription for it. My itching completely ceased after a few days and it hasn't returned.

Posted by Tony Virago on 29/07/2009 at 07:43

Very informative. I found nothing on our National Health Service site. (And we are told we have the best in the world.....) Thanks

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