How embarrassing is that itchy bum moment. People tend to cope with these moments but when the bum itch lasts for what seems a lifetime leaving you know choice but to scratch away at your bottom then it is not acceptable, and especially more so for the people whose company you might be in at the time. If you scratch with vengeance then this indicates something is not right and unhealthy.
If you suffer from an itchy bum you are not to worry, it is not a serious condition. More embarrassing than anything. Rectal itching tends to happen more often throughout the night. We look towards warmth as one reason of anal itching because at this time the skin is easily irritated and open to inflammation. To help prevent itchiness the anus has to be kept clean. Anal skin is crinkly and traps faeces which have to be removed. The bottom is a part of the body that can at times become extremely sweaty and airless; it also moistens up from anal or vaginal discharge. These are factors that may contribute to your problem.
Try to avoid scratching, not only is it unhygienic but very dangerous indeed if you use an object with which to relieve the itch.
Be careful with what treatments you use as well because specific creams (oily) slime up the area more. Clean is the answer to this problem that is, if the itchy bum is not caused by infection. Leaking faeces cling to anal hair and therefore have to go. Faeces are made up of water (food that could not be digested,) and dead cells from the lining of the intestines and dead bacteria, all the solids that the body has no more call for. Poor hygiene is also a master cause of anal itching. To clean the anus needs no more than a mild soap and warm water and plenty of it if grime is ground in.
Scented toilet tissue and other bathroom products can cause problems. Some products contain alcohol or preservatives which can irritate upsetting anal skin. Speak to your GP about particular medications because certain creams used for treating this is actually known to start the problem. Be cautious about using anesthetic gels because most are ‘for treating haemorrhoids’ and contain lignocaine, tetracaine, cinchocaine, pramocaine or benzocaine with other ingredients. Nevertheless they do help with providing relief but not assured to keep the itch away.
Psoriasis and eczema are also issues connected to this condition if located around the anus. Piles are known for itch partly due to the greasy discharge they create. If the issue is that of piles then what you need to look out for are the symptoms like: pain after a bowel movement and a show of blood. The more severe case of piles might have you see a blood clot which can form in an outer pile which can also cause a stroke. If stools are bloody your GP may suggest you have a colonoscopy or rectal examination. This is where a camera is used to check for internal bleeding caused by polyps rather than piles. If bowel movements appear as black stools or there is an excessive gush of blood then seek treatment immediately. These particular symptoms are not what we expect from having hemorrhoids but more a matter in connection with internal bleeding or intestinal or colon cancer.
Fungal infections are reasons also for an itchy bum. Fungi love warmth and because of this we find it commonly located around the anus.
Thread worms (pin worms) measure about 13 mm long and locate in the lower part of the bowel. Female thread worms leave the anus in the dark hours and lay eggs on anal skin which can result in a severe bout of itching. If you scratch, the eggs can embed under the fingernails and then transported to the mouth infesting the gut. Particular foods we eat can also cause rectal itching. These foods irritate the anus during defecation. Alcohol and spicy curries is a couple to name.
Ways to prevent and anal itching
Wash and rinse the anus after opening your bowels using soap and water. Ask your GP about aqueous cream.
Keep your bottom dry and airy. Let the area breathe
Add a cup of salt to bath water.
Dust the anus with baby talc.
Avoid tight underwear. Avoid anything that keeps the buttocks tightened.
Do not use biological (enzyme) washing substances
Do not use Vaseline around the anus. Oily creams moisten the skin.
Witch hazel – Dab it on twice a day but if the problem worsens stop treatment.
Not sure of how much truth there is in this but it is said rubbing the inside of a banana skin on the area relieves anal itching. Seek advice before practicing with new treatments. Avoid foods that cause excessive flatulence. If your itching occurs primarily at night take antihistamine. Antihistamines although effectively help relieve itching it can also make you sleepy. If your condition is not improving it may be recommended you be referred to a specialist for an injection of a chemical called Methylene blue into the anal area. This problem can also derive from a yeast infection so try rubbing plain yogurt on the area for relief. An itchy bum is not a serious issue but if the itch is accompanied with blood then it has to be checked out.
Rectal bleeding (hematochezia) refers to passage of bright red blood from the bottom often combined with stool and/or blood clots. It is called rectal bleeding due to location i.e. the rectum lying immediately over the anus. Although bleeding may be presumed coming from the rectum, it can come from other parts of the gastrointestinal tract. Generally mild rectal bleeding can be evaluated and treated in the doctor`s surgery.
A sufferer with moderate bleeding will continually pass larger amounts of bright or dark red blood often combined with blood clots. Those with severe bleeding may pass numerous bowel movements or one bowel movement consisting of a large amount of blood. Moderate or severe rectal bleeding can rapidly deplete a person`s body of blood, resulting in weakness, dizziness, fainting, and signs of low blood pressure or orthostatic hypotension.
Not common but known, if bleeding is mighty severe it can cause shock from the loss of blood. If you experience something that concerns you then you are not to panic or ponder over it, go see your doctor so an appropriate prescription is given to treat your problem. it is only your doctor that has the diagnosis to what you may be suffering from and no one else. Some folk think they are doing well by offering their advice and suggesting different methods and solutions for you to use, when in fact what they have to say or recommend you do could possibly kill you.