February 25, 2018
While it is obviously embarrassing, anal itching is a very common occurrence. In fact, almost everyone would have at least an episode in their lifetime. As with itching anywhere in the body, there are many underlying causes.
Here are some reasons why an itchy anus may occur:
Poor hygiene can cause the delicate skin around the anus to get irritated and then start to itch. Avoid leaving faecal matter on your anus without rinsing or wiping it clean (this is why baby wipes is a great idea after taking a dump).
On the other hand, overzealous washing of the anus especially with the use of irritating soaps can also cause itching. Do not wipe too hard and avoid perfumes, sprays, antiseptics, and other products. Always keep the area dry and wear loose fitting underwear.
Bacterial infections, mite infections (scabies) or yeast infections around the anus can cause itchy anus. Warts in the rectum can also be itchy.
If you have itchy skin problems like dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis, your anus can also be affected.
Itching can occur with medical conditions like kidney failure, diabetes, tumours or hormonal imbalance. These can also affect the anus.
These swellings in the rectum may itch at times. Constipation makes them worse. But they can be managed and treated. With constipation, you can still have small tears in the anus from constipation
In children, itching commonly occurs due to pinworm infestation and is worse at night, when the female worms come out to lay eggs. This may also affect adults who live in such households.
A number of people experience itching of the anus when they take certain types of food and drinks. Common culprits are spicy foods, caffeine and nuts.
How to handle itchy anus
Identify the cause and tackle it. While there are many possible causes of anal itching, sometimes there is no apparent cause. Never scratch at it, otherwise the condition may worsen.
If you not comfortable visiting a hospital, then you can contact a doctor online who can help sort out what the problem and refer you to a competent specialist within or outside Nigeria if need be.