What do you do when itching? Scratch it immediately to get rid of the discomfort? If it stops, then lucky you, the story ends. If it does not, you keep scratching until the itch is over. Sometimes it is ridiculous that you do not dare to scratch even once due to embarrassment. That sounds funny right? But it is true if you have anal itching. If anal itching is merely a common phenomenon and goes away in a blink of an eye, there is no need for you to be worried. If it does not, you should give a careful thought to it.
In this article, we discuss the symptoms, causes of anal itching then provide you with top useful tips to stop it and some suggestions for self-care and protection.
When the itch is not simply itchy:
Anal itching is the irritation of skin around anus that leads to desire to scratch. If it is a common phenomenon the itch will disappear after some scratches.
In many cases, the itching becomes more intense along with the increase in the amount of inflammation and the appearance of moisture.
More seriously, anal itching can cause severe symptoms such as redness, burning, soreness or even bleeding in the skin around anus, especially during and after having bowel movements.
Where does anal itching come from?
When anal itching turns out to be a real problem, you may ask yourself or reflect on your own recent routines and behaviors. The following are the most typical causes of anal itching.
- Rough washing or improper wiping after having bowel movement
- Allergy to dyes and perfumes in soaps, toilet tissue, clothing detergents or softeners
- Wearing too tight and/or non absorbent underwear
- Sitting too long in a plastic seat or bike riding that can rein the evaporation of sweatOther causes of anal itching include diarrhea,
atopic dermatitis, anal tumors, anal fissures, fecal incontinence, parasite infections, hemorrhoids, skin tags, yeast infections, bacterial infections, sexually transmitted infections.
How to eliminate anal itching?
Here are the top 5 tips for you to beat anal itching.
Ghee is one of the best natural remedies for curing anal itching. The valuable antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory elements found in ghee help to heal the irritated skin and treat any infection.
How to use?
- Heat up 1 teaspoon of ghee
- Slightly put the warm ghee around the anal area
- Keep it for some minutes
- Do it again every a few hours
- After that, gently wash your anus with warm water and dry it thoroughly.
In addition to treating anal itching, ghee is a well-known treatment for anal fissures as well.
2. Petroleum jelly
Using petroleum jelly can quickly relieve the irritated skin. The lubricated layer from the jelly helps reduce direct friction with the anus and then the irritation. Added that, it can cool down the burning sensation that usually comes along anal itching.
Note: You should use some petroleum jelly twice a day.
3. Aloe vera
Aloe vera has soothing and calming properties that can alleviate soreness, inflammation and itching. People with Hemorrhoids can also use aloe vera because it can heal the irritation very well.
How to use?
- Firstly, take the gel of
- Slightly rub the gel around the anal skin for about 5 minutes
- Do it again every hour to reduce the feeling of soreness and itching
Antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties found in garlic helps get rid of worms in the intestines which is known as one cause of anal itching. Moreover, garlic can reduce infection leading to anal itching as well.
How to apply?
- Keep eating 2 to 3 cloves of garlic every day when your stomach is empty for one week.
- Otherwise, you can crush 2 cloves of garlic then boil them with a half cup of milk. Drink the mixture for one week when your stomach is empty.
5. Epsom salt
If you are finding other method to treat anal itching naturally and quickly then you can resort to Epsom salt. The elements contained in Epsom salt can alleviate the itching and cool the burning sensations. Let follow the guidelines:
- Dilute some cups of Epsom salt into warm water
- Soak your anus for about 15 to 20 minutes
- Carefully dry off your anal skin after bathing
- You can use this method 2-3 times a week
Note: Diabetes patients and people with kidney problems are not recommended to apply this method.
Precaution is better than cure. Bear in mind some recommendations to effectively prevent anal itching.
- Bathe properly: Use mild soap to wash your anal area and dry it carefully after emptying bowel.
- Wear breathable and loose cotton underwear rather than those of synthetics, nylon. It keeps the anal area dry and facilitates the evaporation of sweat.
- Keep the anal area dry, cool and clean
- Avoid rough friction with anal area by using moistened toilet tissues instead of paper
- Do not eat highly seasoned and spicy foods, and keep a regular bowel habit
Note: Call a physician immediately if there is bleeding or any pain around the anal area. Remember, persistent anal itching can show a serious infection. Thus, if simple treatments do not work, contact your physician soon.
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