Itching in the bottom is a desire to scratch around the anus that you can not resist. You may get this urge at any time and it can be very embarrassing. But what causes itching in the anal region? Is it piles? Well, you have to consult a proctologist to get an answer to this question. Itching in the bottom is a symptom for various anorectal problems such as:
- Bacterial infection
- Piles or hemorrhoids
- Skin condition
Also, an itchy bottom becomes worse in the following conditions:
- Woolen clothes
- Prolonged sitting
- Straining yourself
- Stress or anxiety
Home remedies to treat itchy bottom
Here are some home remedies to treat itchy bottom. There are certain lifestyle changes and diet modifications such as:
- Keeping the bottom clean and dry
- Sitz bath
- Avoid scented soaps, fragrances or creams for bottom
- Use moist and soft toilet tissues
- Avoid scratching
- Put cotton down there to prevent sweat
- Wear loose-fitting clothes
- After taking bath, put on your underwear after you dry
- Keep your nails short, so that you can prevent any damage while scratching
Food that can worsen itchy bottom
You may have noticed that there are some food items that can increase the itching. Try to cut down on them. These food can be:
- Spicy food
- Citrus fruit such as orange
- Dairy products
What to eat if you have an itchy bottom?
The doctor may ask you to take a diet that keeps bowel movement regular. Drinking enough water and including a fiber diet can make your stool softer and easier to pass. That includes:
- Whole grain bread
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
When is Itchy Bottom a Sign of Warning?
For people who have anal itching, certain symptoms are cause for concern such as:
- Pus draining from the anus or around it (draining fistula)
- Diarrhea with blood
- Bulging or protruding piles
- Perianal skin with fecal material
- Dull or thick perianal skin
Stop Scratching and talk to a Proctologist
The more you scratch, the more it will irritate you. Also, do not rely on any over the counter medication. Such medicines may contain ingredients that your skin may be sensitive to, especially if the skin already has swelling or inflammation. This can make the condition worse.
So, it is best to get yourself examined and diagnosed and rule out the causes. If it is piles, it can get worse if left untreated or if not provided the right treatment.
Also read: Lifestyle tips to cure anorectal problem
When to see a Proctologist?
People who have anal itching plus blood in stool or draining pus should see a doctor in a day or two. Other people should see a doctor if the itching has lasted for more than a few days. If you want to know the treatment for anorectal problems, you can contact us or write to us and our medical coordinator will contact you at the earliest.