What do most people with an itchy bum do when circumstance prevents them from scratching their itch? Do they while standing in the same spot squeeze the life out of their bum cheeks, or do they ask to be excused from the company they might be in, and go turn a corner to scrawb away at their bits. Both are most likely options, however still embarrassing situations you can do without. If this happens to you often then you will want to know the cause of your itchy bottom, and ways to help stop the scratching so you can avoid these "oh god not again" moments. People are different and some don't care if they offend others by relieving their itch in public, however there are those that do. If not for yourself, save the blushes of others and get the problem sorted.

It's natural to scratch your bum and nothing to be ashamed of, and every one will have at some time scratched theirs, but if the itch is continual and causing you discomfort then get it checked out. Constant anal itching is usually an indication that there's a problem but not one considered serious, so not to worry. Rectal itching is mostly at its worst during the night than it is in the day due to heat. When the skin around the anus warms up it becomes easily irritated causing you to scratch which then may result in inflammation.

To help prevent anal itching is to keep the area clean. A quick swill is not good enough, however better than no swill at all. Some people think rinsing around the genitals is all it takes to remove problem grime, it's not. Water is great for freshening up but for removing stubborn debris a mild soap is needed.

One reason why itchiness may happen is if the skin around the anus which is cracked and full of creases fills up with missed faeces. Faeces are made up of water and dead cells from the lining of the intestines and useless bacteria that the body has no more need for. If after opening your bowels and you haven't cleaned your bum thoroughly it can cause problems of this nature. Another cause linked to bum itch is excessive sweating, or anal/vaginal discharge leakage. Sticky secretions of any sort will stick to pubic hair and has to be removed immediately. Not only if anal or vaginal matter is left to cling to pubic hair will cause you to scratch, it will cause odor too.

A lot of anal concerns are usually a result of using fragranced products like scented toilet tissue and sprays. A vast majority of products on the market contain alcohol or preservatives which you need to avoid as they are mostly responsible for causing skin conditions and irritation. You also need to be cautious about what treatments or solutions you use, and especially if they include anesthetic gels. These are a regular treatment given for haemorrhoids, and contain lignocaine, tetracaine, cinchocaine, pramocaine or benzocaine and other.

If possible when an itch occurs is to try and avoid scratching it, although it's a natural reaction to get relief this way, you can if you're not careful damage the skin further. If you experience anal pain at any time seek medical advice.

Possible causes of anal itching

  • Washing the genitals too much
  •  Not enough washing.
  • Harsh soaps
  • Leaking faeces
  • Pre-moistened toilet tissues
  • Sensitivities and allergies to specific chemicals, such as bubble baths and perfumed products
  • Certain ointments and creams
  • Skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema, can affect the skin round the anus and cause itching
  •  Piles, partly because of the gooey discharge they produce.
About piles

Symptoms of piles normally include pain after bowel movement. It is not rare to see little specks of blood on the toilet tissue. In more serious cases, a blood clot can form in an exterior pile, causing a stroke.

It normally only takes a quick glance of the anus for your GP to diagnose piles

Your GP may suggest he/she carry out an anal examination if exterior hemorrhoids are not present. If blood is contained in passed stools or on tissue paper after having a poo, you might have to have a colonoscopy or rectal examination with a camera to eliminate the possibility of internal bleeding caused by polyps rather than piles.

If the color of your faeces change to a tarry black and there's a sudden gush of blood then it is not something seen if you have hemorrhoids, but more caused by something a slight mores serious like internal bleeding or intestinal or colon cancer. In saying this there are conditions that may cause symptoms much similar, so see your GP to get a direct diagnosis.

A lot of people do treat their piles successfully at home following medical advice.

Self help for treating piles

  • Keep hydrated, take fiber supplements and exercise if you're suffering from a mild case of piles.
  • Avoid straining when having a poo
  • Don't sit for long periods at a time
  • Use ice piles several times daily to help reduce inflammation
As it with a lot of conditions we have the mild and we have the severe. This applies to piles also. Large piles may have to be removed. Your GP may suggest the rubber band ligation method which is when tightened bands are placed around each bunch of inflamed veins to cut off circulation to the veins. Another removal practice is using an infrared light that will do the same job but in faster time, or a procedure called sclerotherapy, this includes chemicals injected into the hemorrhoids causing them to shrink. Some people suffering with large piles may not see improvement in their condition and continue to have them. These are then surgically taken away in a procedure called a hemorrhoidecotomy.

The list of causes is endless why you might have an itchy bum, and one cause we can't rule out is threadworms which are little worms, about 13 mm long, which live in the lower part of the bowel.

Self help for an itchy anus

  • Wash you're bum after using the loo
  • Use aqueous cream as a cleanser
  • Don't use disinfectant
  • Avoid bubble bath products; instead add kitchen salt to your bath water.
  • Dust the anus with baby powder to help keep it dry
  • Wear loose cotton underwear.
  • Don't wear tight clothes
  • Avoid anything that keeps the bottom cheeks clamped together.
  • Do not use biological (enzyme) laundry detergent for your smalls
  • Do not scratch.
  • Keep your fingernails short
  • Wear cotton gloves in bed
  • Do not use oily creams
  • Try witch hazel.
  • Avoid foods that cause excessive flatulence.
 If you have an itchy bum and you don't think any of the above given causes are the reason for it, then you can't rule out a fungal infection being responsible. The anus is an area of the body that can moisten and warm up regular thus giving fungi an ideal location to form.

Most fungal infections are caused by a parasitic fungus known as dermophytes that infect the skin, hair or nails. The word fungal can be scary sounding if you have been diagnosed with a condition linked to it, but you shouldn't worry as fungal infections are easily treated. These particular skin infections are also commonly known as ringworm and are of many sorts, such as body ringworm, jock itch (tinea cruris), athlete's foot, face and nail ringworm. With ringworm there can be slight itchiness, and it's identified by a ring-shaped, pink or red rash, with a clear middle. Jock itch is painful and itchy. It appears as red ring-shaped rash around the groin

If your bottom continues to be itchy and no matter what you may have tried to treat and cure your problem, and there's no improvement then pop along to your GP. It makes sense to seek medical attention for something like this because if what you are doing to relieve the itch isn't working, then that should be enough to tell you that it needs a professional to cure your condition.

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