If you experience a persistent need to scratch your bottom, don’t worry. Anal itching (also called Pruritus Ani) is a relatively common complaint. There are plenty of reasons why anal itching occurs. The good news is that most times it can be successfully treated. Pranicura helps to provide a permanent solution for the itching problem.
Pruritus Ani is more common in men than women, and more common in adults than children. The urge to scratch becomes even worse after a bowel movement or at night.
Causes of anal itching
There are two types of Pruritus Ani:
- Primary – the itching is not a result of another condition
- Secondary – the itching is a result of another condition
Here are some of the causes of the secondary pruritus ani:
- Skin irritants – such as soaps, creams, detergents, shampoos.
- Hygiene – too little or too much.
- Anal disorders – fissures, hemorrhoids, fistulas.
- Skin conditions – psoriasis, dermatitis, proctitis, small skin tags, and eczema.
- Foods – spicy foods, tomatoes, carbonated beverages, chocolate, coffee, citrus, nuts, dairy products, beer, wine.
- Infections – yeast infection, candida, pinworms, scabies, STDs, hookworm infection.
- Drugs – quinidine, neomycin, chemotherapy.
- Systemic medical conditions, such as diabetes, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), leukemia, anemia, lymphoma, liver disease, autoimmune diseases.
- Diarrhea, constipation, leakage from the anus.
- Psychological causes – anxiety, stress, and depression.
How to avoid Pruritus Ani?
Here are some tips that will help with the treatment and prevention of an itchy anus:
- Maintain a regular bowel habit.
- Avoid spicy foods.
- Keep the area around the rectum clean, after a bowel movement.
- Use moist toilet tissues instead of paper.
- Avoid deodorant, perfumed, or medicated soaps. Use only plain water.
- Keep the anal area always clean and dry. Use unscented drying powders.
- Scratching will make the problem even worse, by causing additional damage to the area. That’s why it is important to avoid it.
- Don’t wear tight underwear made of synthetic fabrics. Instead, wear loose, breathable clothing (made of cotton).
It is crucial to understand that to get rid of anal itching, you need to break the scratch-itch cycle. To reduce the irritation causing scratching, your skin has to be allowed to heal. Keeping the skin cool, clean, and dry and not using irritating cosmetics is essential. Add fiber to your diet and exclude all spicy foods. Also, avoid scratching and rubbing the anal area.
It is a good idea to keep your fingernails short, to avoid any possible damage you can bring to the skin.
If the problem doesn’t go away after a certain time, consult with your physician. He will examine you to determine the cause of the Pruritus Ani and to prescribe treatment. Here is a list with some often prescribed treatments:
- Antihistamines – these will help you if the itching is particularly troublesome during the night.
- Soothing ointments
- Local anesthetics – these will temporarily relieve the pain and itching
- Astringents – these dry out the skin and reduce the pain and burning