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Success stories: anal itching (itchy bottom)

Thank you to our visitors for sharing how they tackled itchy bottoms. All of them talked to a doctor, got the right diagnosis and took the prescribed treatment. For more information see our sections on anal itching and seeing your doctor about an anal problem, then talk to your doctor.

From Anon (male), UK, aged 45
Hi! I suffered from anal itching 4 days into triple combination therapy for stomach ulcer bacteria. Basically, antibiotics caused an infection for which my GP prescribed Trimovate cream (clobetasone butyrate/nystatin/oxytetracycline calcium). Although this removed the fungus, my itching remained. I tried everything from Preparation H and Anusol to Dermovate steroid cream.

Rule out possible causes

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 – 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 (active ingredient fluocinolone acetonide) for 2 weeks.

Keep the anus clean and dry

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.

Find the right doctor

My advice to anyone who does not have an obvious colorectal problem would be to tell your GP that you would like to see a dermatologist. In the meantime, keep the anus clean and dry at all times. A lot of what people put on their anus might actually be causing the problem to get worse. Good luck to all ‘cos I know how miserable this problem can be.

 

From Anon (male), USA, aged 39
I do a lot of sitting at a desk and drive 45 minutes each way to work and back. For 2 years I have suffered from ‘sweaty ass’. Almost sounds like a punchline 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.

Seek the right diagnosis

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 too and rubbed it all over the affected area. It worked great! Dried up the area and killed whatever bacteria 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. 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 asking 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 (terbinifine), which you can find at any local drug store. It took three applications before it was gone.

I feel your pain and hopefully this will be the answer for you! Best wishes!

 

From Emma, UK, aged 40
I suffered for 3 months; life was a total misery. I tried several OTC preparations (witch hazel based, nappy rash treatments, tea tree oil, coconut oil, lavender oil, Lanacane powder, etc.) and lots of home remedies (corn starch, ACV) and even Internet-based offerings (Simply Soothing wipes).

Symptom free in 48 hours

Nothing really fixed the problem, so I resorted to going to see my GP. She prescribed Trimovate cream (clobetasone butyrate/nystatin/oxytetracycline calcium), which works on three levels: a mild steroid to stop the itching, an antibacterial to clear up any infection and an antifungal 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.

Don’t hesitate – talk to your doctor

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!!


 

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Posted by Optional on 12/08/2015 at 07:50

After suffering from a itchy bum for 20 years + I am finally cured I have tried everything from pile creams to jock itch spray ,wet wipes , steroid cream just to name a few ,and the only thing that has now finally worked is to internally clean after every bowel movement , With a western toilet your bowels never fully open so for me faeces was left just below the surface which was causing my itchy bleeding skin so now after passing I squat in the bath as if I were on a Indian toilet and direct a shower up my anus , and with a glove internally clean my passage it is surprising how much faeces is left which I am now sure was causing my problem although it sounds disgusting its better doing the above in private than the embarrassment of being caught scratching hope this post helps some fellow sufferers

Posted by Michael on 02/06/2013 at 02:01

I've had this red rash and occasional bleeding for around 2.5 years now. Tried everything the Doctors recommended for yeast infection, fissures, piles everything and it was all wrong I didn't even have piles. Tbf my doctors have been useless and are just throwing steroids and creams at me to eliminate possibilities some of these creams are actually pretty harmful and roids thin your skin over time, his latest diagnosis is eczema. Any way on to the cure, Sudocrem! I saw online someone recommended it, I tried it because it was cheap and not full of harmful chemicals and I thought at the least it would be soothing, well after 2-3 day's use the rash has vanished, not red at all so in turn the bleeding is also going to stop once the skin heals completely, I've yet to find out what that means in terms of diagnosis but will do soon.

Posted by David on 08/01/2013 at 02:32

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

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