Itching of the Anus

Itching of the Anus

Anal itching is a common and uncomfortable problem. It may be intense and persistent, and can be accompanied by a strong urge to scratch. The intensity of itching increases from moisture, pressure, and rubbing, or scratching of the anal area. Itchiness at the anus is one of the most common complaints, and is usually termed “pruritus ani”.

Causes of Anal Itching

The most common cause of an itchy bottom is a fungal or bacterial infection such as thrush. Other common causes of anal itching include:

  • piles (haemorrhoids)
  • diarrhoea or constipation
  • itching caused by allergic reactions, such as to soaps, creams, or toilet paper
  • itching caused by external or internal parasites such as pinworms
  • itching caused by skin diseases, such as psoriasis or eczema
  • itching caused by irritants such as perfumed soaps or bubble baths

Treatment for Anal Itching

Treatment will depend on the cause of the anal itching. If medication is prescribed, it should always be taken as directed. In some cases, a topical cream may be recommended to help relieve the itching. Home remedies such as keeping the anal area clean and dry, wearing loose-fitting cotton underwear, and avoiding irritating soaps or detergents may also be recommended.