What is Anal Itching?
Anal itching is exactly what the name says, a persistent itch around the anus. There’s a plethora of reasons behind why you’re experiencing this symptom. For your doctor to be able to find a definite conclusion, they will be asking you a series of questions that include medical history and personal hygiene habits.
Possible Causes of Anal Itching
- Bathroom Habits: If you don’t wipe well after pooping
- Being “Too” Clean: Wiping hard, using medicated powders, perfumed sprays, etc., can destroy the oily skin barrier that protects the sensitive area around the anus
- Your Underwear: Tight underwear and synthetic fabrics cause moisture down there (like sweat), and can cause you to get itchy
- Hemorrhoids: These are swollen veins in your rectum or anus that can burn and itch
- Anal Fissures: You can get these when you’re constipated and a hard/large stool tears the lining
- Anal Fistula: A tunnel that connects a serious infection inside your anus with the skin outside
- Pinworms: When a female worm lays eggs around your anus; this can get into your digestive system by eating contaminated food, or breathing in the eggs of tiny worms
These are just a couple of causes behind anal itching. Set up an appointment with one of our Orlando physicians at the Digestive and Liver Center of Florida so they can look into your itching and give you the proper treatment for what you have.
What To Do in the Meantime
The prevention of anal itching usually involves having a careful washing routine keeping the area clean, cool, and dry. Nevertheless, if you’re already experiencing this, here are a couple of “home remedies” you can do to ease the discomfort.
- Clean Gently: Clean the area with mild soap and water; avoid scrubbing
- Don’t Scratch: Scratching will obviously irritate the area more than it already is
- Wear Cotton Underwear: It helps keep the area dry; also, avoid wearing tight garments like pantyhose
- Change Your Diet: Avoid foods and drinks that can cause diarrhea (coffee, spicy foods, citrus fruits, etc.)
- Avoid Irritants: Use unscented everything… Toilet paper, soap, wipes
- Apply Ointments or Gels: Protect the affected skin from moisture by applying a thin layer of zinc oxide ointment or petroleum jelly; if you want to relieve the itching you can apply hydrocortisone 1% cream (2-3 times a day)
If the problem persists, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Digestive and Liver Center. We’re always happy to help. Call (407)384-7388 and schedule your appointment with one of our expert Orlando physicians.