Itching of the perianal area

Itching of the Perianal Area

Itching of the perianal area can be a bothersome issue with serious repercussions. It is located in the region around the opening of the anus and may involve the gluteal cleft, buttocks, or inner thighs. This is a common problem and affects both adults and children alike, but is often caused by a fungal, bacterial, or food allergy-related infection.

Below we have outlined some potential causes, treatments, and prevention methods for itching of the perianal area.


  • Bacterial and fungal infections in the area, such as those caused by the streptococcus virus or candida fungus
  • Food allergies, especially to dairy products
  • Skin issues, such as eczema or psoriasis
  • Soreness or irritation from frequent dry wiping
  • Insect bites
  • Irritants, such as soaps, fabric softeners, and perfumes


  • Medical, topical, or oral antifungal, antibiotics, or antihistamines
  • Probiotic for food allergies
  • Elimination diet to identify and avoid food allergens
  • Regular application of a soothing balm or ointment
  • Keeping the perianal area clean and dry
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothes and avoiding irritating fabrics
  • Limiting prolonged exposure to warmth/moisture, such as swimming or hot tubs
  • Taking lukewarm baths with an antisepctic solution


  • Using a soft, moist cloth to clean the perianal area
  • Patting the area dry with a cotton towel or tissue
  • Using diapers or incontinence pads that do not contribute to the irritation
  • Clean underwear changed 2-3 times a day
  • Avoiding perfumed soaps and shower gels
  • Using an emollient to maintain skin’s moisture
  • Applying a barrier cream to protect from irritants

Itching of the perianal area can be very uncomfortable, but with the right treatments and preventive measures it is manageable. If you are experiencing this, be sure to seek medical advice to accurately identify the cause and treat it promptly.