Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Aloe and Tea Tree Oil
- Anti-Fungal Creme
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Avoid Peanuts, Use Coconut Oil
- Banana Peel
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Oatmeal, Mineral Oil
- Cranberry Juice
- Dietary Changes
- Eliminate Coffee
- General Feedback
- Gluten-Free Diet
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Hand Sanitizer
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Polysporin
- MSM, Raw Garlic
- Multiple Remedies
- Nyastatin and Hydrocortisone Cream
- Olive Oil
- Over the Counter
- Personal Hygiene Bottle
- Remedies Needed
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Sunflower Seeds
- Tea Tree Oil
- Vitamin E
- Witch Hazel, Diaper Rash Cream
- Zinc Oxide
Itchy Butt (It's Funny Except When It's You!)
OK, we've all been there. You make that little wiggle which doesn't help at all. Someone is talking to you, but it's hard to pay attention. A dash to the restroom brings about 2 seconds of relief. Cold cream helps, briefly. All you can do is sit there pretending everything's fine when all you really want is PRIVACY! And something to rub on...
So what causes it? It has a Latin name (pruritus ani) which certainly sounds better than 'butt itch'. The Mayo Clinic says to see a doctor if it lasts longer than two months!! In two months, most of us would be insane. Fortunately, it doesn't usually last that long.
Anal Itching Causes
Anal Itch can be difficult to diagnose. Common causes are hemorrhoids, infection, skin irritation from soap, etc., digestive problems, dermatitis or psoriasis, parasites or, rarely, tumors. If you decide to see a doctor, keep a diary of all facts surrounding the times it itches and doesn't to bring with you. In the meantime, ditch the thong and switch to loose cotton panties. Prolonged periods of itching will indicate the need for further tests. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams, zinc oxide ointments and antihistamines may help. One or two doses of an anti-parasite medication should cure pinworms.
Natural Treatments for Anal Itch
- Avoid: SCRATCHING, tight underwear, bubble baths, any foods that might cause diarrhea or be irritating.
- Do: keep area clean and dry.
- Alkalize the system by drinking fresh vegetable juice,
- Apply aloe vera and tea tree oil.
Continue reading below to learn more remedies from our readers!
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[YEA] 01/15/2012: Naturedoc from Los Angeles, California: "I too found much of the feedback on anal burning & itching very funny.. Though I know its very a very personal & distressing problem. My experience is that its usually due to
a. general acidity of the system:
this can be remedied quite quickly by drinking plenty of raw vegetable juice made & drunk right away.. Especially carrot with a green apple & a little fresh ginger added. And, an enema with warm water with a 1/4cup of liquid chlorophyll added.
You'll be amazed how 'miraculously' the burning will disappear.
Believe it or not, worms in the colon (large intestine) are more common than one would imagine. In this case Before breakfast, 3 cloves of raw garlic, chopped well & left to sit out on the chopping board
for 15mins, then swallowed down with a glass of water.. (3 Beanos tabs taken with will prevent gas)
then eat a bowl of oatmeal or toast for breakfast.
The garlic taken as above every morning for 7 days will kill any invaders, & help to lower blood pressure & cholesterol levels. Plus its a marvelous anti fungal, anti viral & anti bacterial. Again, take the warm water enema with the added 1/4cup of liquid chlorophyll once a day (I recommend Dr. Jensens liquid chlorophyll). Topically I have found applying a warm moist wash cloth to the rectal area followed with a good smear of wheat germ oil is very soothing. As another person mentioned Virgin Coconut oil is also very helpful
..However, alkalising the system with fresh vegetable juices (not fruit), & relieving the bowel of some of its waste with a simple natural non painful enema (as mentioned in the Bible) is THE solution in my opinion. (one can buy the hotwater bottle with enema attachments at any big pharmacy)"Replies
[YEA] 08/29/2012: Naturehealth from Valencia, Spain replies: "Thanks for all input to this great site.
I tried aloe vera and tea tree oil applied to itch. Then ate raw garlic first thing in morning, as per advice on this site. This, combined with applying cider apple vinegar, cleared it up in a few days.... after months of discomfort."
Aloe and Tea Tree Oil
[YEA] 12/07/2008: CC from SLC, Utah: "I had a Itchy/Burning Butt and Reddish Anus (Ouch!) - Doc said to use baby wipes and no dye no fragrance toilet paper (no help). I found with using Aloe (Aloe Vera Skin Gel) & Tea Tree Therapy (Tea Tree Oil Antiseptic Cream) applied to the area that hurt took care of my problem. Thx."Replies
09/11/2011: Michael from Providence, Ri replies: "Ok, it's been a week now and I've had ups and downs thx to reading this page. My butt was so itchy I woke up crying and drove myself to the 24 hour pharmacy. Mind you I'm a 42 year old man, this condition has been so frustrating, embarassing, and has taken over my life.
I tried tea tree oil. A little relief.
I tried Apple Cider Vinegar. OUCH! Made my sensitive area worse.
I tried Zinc Oxide, major change, but now I want the cure.
Witch Hazel is wonderful, but I think we are gonna see a doctor tomorrow. I've narrowed the iritation down to only when I have to poop. What does that mean people?"
09/11/2011: Kelly from Cambridge, Ma replies: "You haven't been taking probiotics by any chance, have you? I'm asking because I had that problem when I started them and when I went off of them.
The best remedy ever is to take a warm sitz bath after bowel movements. Adding a little Witch Hazel to the water - even better. It's soothing, healing and I'll bet you even find it 'curing'. Good luck. I feel for you. It's no fun."
09/11/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "Its definiatly fungal.. If you do nothing it will clear up in a few years. The firsts thing I would try would be Virgin coconut oil internaly and externaly. Start off with three teaspoons a day and smear the oil into the anal cavity and around the buttocks. If this dosnt work (Im sure it will) then try another antifungal. Wash hands thoroughly to avoid reinfrction."
09/11/2011: Rose from New York replies: "Vicks vapor rub should do the trick. Just man up becase it's not that bad.."
09/11/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Michael it sounds like you have parasites. Garlic is excellent for parasites."
09/12/2011: Sahara from Somewhere, France replies: "Hi Michael! This problem will stop if you eat a pinch of paprika in your meals.
By the way I m still looking for a natural solution to clear out a marisca. It's a peace of skin hanging outside anus. I had this after giving birth. Thank you for your help. Sahara"
[NAY] 09/12/2011: Cc from Slc , Utah replies: "Back in 2008 I had a bad itch not only on my Butt but also on my anus, upper thighs between the legs, both tesicles and the tip of the penis. From what I now believe it was most likely a male yeast infection or some type of severe jock itch. Even though I used tea tree oil and aloe it came back with a vengeance. I then found using 91% Isoproply Alcohol on cotton rounds or on cotton pads applied to the areas that itched took care of ALL of the itch problems. It will burn like Heck and you will question if this should be happening but it is killing either the yeast, fungus or fungi. How if I could just get rid of the white tonuge... But no more burning down below and that was a couple of years ago. It was driving me crazy... G/l"
09/18/2011: Brittany from Grove City, Oh, Usa replies: "CC from SLC: You have a yeast infection in your mouth. I don't know of an herbal or "natural" remedy but I had thrush (yeast in the mouth) after a surgery I had and was put on clotrimazole lozenges. It worked in about a week and I quit taking them and it never returned."
01/07/2012: Joeyt from New York, New York, United States replies: "I bought a natural cream from England that contains tea tree oil along with beeswax, coconut oil and loads of other stuff. This is the only thing that has worked for me and I would strongly recommend it. I used to wake up three to 4 times a night with an itch and it drove me mad. Of course scratching it caused bleeding and soreness. I apply it morning and night and for the past six months I've been great."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/03/2013: Pat from Norco, Ca: "I have been going absolutely crazy with (embarassing!) anal itching. However, today, I tried a cream I bought in Mexico, called "Comazol. " The key ingredient is Ketoconazol. This is a prescription in the States. (Not a prescription in Mexico) However, perhaps, it would be available on a Canadian website... Not sure. It was absolute MAGIC! Everything (including my vaginal area, which also itched) stopped itching within ten minutes. Not sure if it's a "cure, " yet. Praying it is. Hope this helps someone...."
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 08/24/2013: Dan from Uk: "Anal Itch: OMG Apple cider vinegar works! The itch/burning had been driving me mad for several months, on and off, following supposed prostatitis (which was much improved with simple stretches - google Heal Pelvic Pain book - my doctors didn't have a clue) I tried coconut oil with some relief, but the ACV worked almost immediately. No stinging and I've got my mojo back. Thank you so much! Try it."Replies
[YEA] 08/29/2013: Cathy from Idaho replies: "Omg after reading all your posts I decided what have I got to lose so I soaked a washcloth with ACV and placed it between my buttocks it really stung but at first but then it started to lessen and now it really feels better thank you all so so much!"
09/08/2013: Dan from Uk replies: "Arse update - The ACV has worked! But it did start to sting, which I guess means it was working, so I alternated between ACV (diluted) and witch hazel gel for a week. This did the trick. Good luck!"
09/12/2013: Dan from Uk replies: "Arse update 2 : After an itchy relapse caused by what, I don't know, I decided to try natural bio yogurt a few times - very soothing, and itch has gone - let's hope so!"
[YEA] 07/06/2013: Ray from Racine, Wi: "I have to thank everyone who posted information about ACV for anal itch. I been having this problem for 6 months and nothing helped. The only thing I did different was to soak in a bath of hot water with a cup of white vinegar. Then I followed up with the ACV, Tea Tree oil and Coconut oil. I problem went away that night. Thank you all."Replies
07/15/2013: Desperate from Sarasota, Fla replies: "How do you apply the acv, tea tree and coconut oil? In a paste or seperately? I am so exhausted. Cant sleep or work or function anymore! HELP
6 months and I feel officially crazy!"
09/02/2012: Itchy Boy's Mom from Boston, Ma: "Everyone here is so good natured about this uncomfortable problem. My poor 11 year old has had an itchy butt on and off for a couple of months. We have tried Prep-H and that does next to nothing. By the time we get to the doctor the symptoms have disappeared. Hoping a specialist can rule out other things, but in the meantime I am going to see if he is willing to try the ACV followed by aloe. He does sit on his butt a lot while playing video games (but manages to play outside a lot too! ) and he sits on a donut pillow, but I bet that contributes to his condition. Anyway, thanks for the advice, and I will post again once we try the ACV and aloe."
06/20/2009: Kerri from Kansas City, MO: "itchy butt: Love love love this website. I'm very much into natural healing and run from anything that comes from Big Pharma. I've got to say that I about fell out when I was reading about people's "itchy butt" - side splitters, these testimonials. Please, I'm not making fun, we've all had itchy butt at least once. Christine from NY - loved your comments and the guy that asked his girlfriend to blow on his backside. . . I'm still laughing! OK, back to my reading - too funny!"Replies
06/21/2009: Jasmine from Tucson, Az replies: "If you take too much acidolphilus or any probiotic supplement you will definitely get an itchy butt--I guarantee it! That is one easy way to tell if you are overdosing. You will think you have pinworms as it feels like just like something is moving or crawling at the anal opening."
08/11/2009: Bee from Somewhere, Mo replies: "Ahhha..so I think that must be true about too much probiotics causing an itchy butt. I have never had this problem, despite having IBS, irritation...yes...but itching like crazy like this..never!! It's so annoying. I haven't taken any probiotics today to see if it will help. I just recently started them and then upped the amount. I will definitely cut back. As far as trying to get rid of the itch...some improvement with the tea tree oil on a cotton ball. Kept it on there for about 5 mins. Felt cooling and soothing, minor sting, not bad at all, but only lessened the itch. So I put some zinc oxide ointment which kept it under control most of the day, but now it's itching again. I just put some VCO to see how that helps. No change yet. But hoping it will stop eventually with reducing the probiotics!!"
[YEA] 08/18/2009: Faith from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands replies: "Trust me, the apple cider vinegar works for the "itchy butt". I've used it a number of times. I get itchy when i eat too many carbohydrates. I use apple cider vinegar for must skin irritations and it works. :)"
10/16/2009: Tom from Munster, In replies: "Out of desparation I tried a brand of lip balm (Carmex) on my itchy anus. It worked incredibly well to instantly stop the itch. I don't suppose Carmex would ever suggest using a lip product for the anus......... but it works instantly. I hide my Carmex as I don't want anyone to ask to "borrow some" (if they knew they'd never ask) Tom"
06/11/2011: Marcelo from Sao Paulo, Brazil replies: "Okay... It`s been few months that I am suffering from this itchying where I got to a point that I couldnt take anymore. Went to the doctor and did a full treatment for worms(6 X meza*&&^ can`t remember the medicine name)anyway it didnt work. Went back and collected a sample for scan and the result didnt show any kind of parasites. So I found this BRILIANT article about the Apple CIder Vinegar which made me scream in the toilet :) but it felt good!! Oh yahhh. I have to say that sorted me out, but what`s happening now its that becomes itchy after using the toilet( after a shit).. Where I have to use the ACV again! Im wondering that could be my diet as I am very much into weight training(carb cycling at the moment). Could it be too much protein? considering that I eat every 3-4 hours.. 7 meals /day. Also did reduce the amount of whey protein that I was taking since last year( isolated whey chocolate flavour-again could it be from cocoa powder.. ??!! ) Appreciate any suggestions! :) Thank you Christine!! Love ya!"
08/17/2011: Jenn from Los Angeles, California replies: "OMG - I am laughing so hard, first for this message string, and 2nd that it's taken me two months of an itchy butt before I got online to find a natural remedy. So I want to thank you all for your insights as now I have some remedies to work with.
Also, I know what is causing my itchy butt. My doc put me on high dose probiotics to naturally get rid of a stomach pnemonia virus and then I started a 3-week cleanse that had probiotics in it. No wonder when I got off the cleanse I had itchy butt.
I am just getting over a stomach flu and was dosing up on my probiotics.... No wonder I've got such an itchy butt tonight. :-(. Ok, I'm off the probiotics until I'm not itchy anymore.
Good night and be well!"
[YEA] 02/16/2012: Amoni from Phoenix, Arizona replies: "Yes. I detest the smell of apple cider vinegar -- it makes me nauseous because as a child my mother made me rinse my hair after shampooing to make it shiny and manageable. When I read about the anal itch cure with it I'd been using expensive products. It hurts when applied but OVERNIGHT the itch is GONE!"
[YEA] 06/22/2012: Thomas from London, Uk replies: "I am often skeptical about natural miracle cures but I have to admit Christine was right on this one. Last night my anus was itchy and burning to the point of insanity. After reading this I gathered I had nothing left to lose. I got the ACV I already had in my cupboard, put a bit on a piece of kitchen towl and tucked it between my cheeks for a minute. The initial sting was unpleasant but if you get to the point I was at it would be the least of your worries. I removed the kitchen towl then applied a little aloe vera gel to help the burning. 20 mins later the itch had practically gone and I was able to sleep. My only regret is that I hadnt read this at the beginning of the night! Thanks for your help and I would recommend this remedy to anyone."
08/23/2012: James from Houston, Texas replies: "I have reached the same point - I have nothing to lose, I'm going to try the ACV solution and hope for the best. I've tried almost everything else. I too have a high protein diet mostly from chocolate flavored drinks that are premixed, to supplement my workouts. If his proves to be the root cause rest assured I will find another source of protein."
[YEA] 11/26/2012: Sean from London, Uk replies: "just given it a try and feels better already! "
Avoid Peanuts, Use Coconut Oil
[YEA] 11/10/2008: Cheri from Port Charlotte , FL: "Well I stopped eating peanuts and my rectum stopped itching. so much that if it says "may contain peanuts" I won't eat it any more It's nice to know what was causing that horrable itch ya can't scratch in public. Also coconut oil for anything ichy or red down there and I get relief."Replies
11/11/2008: TraderJosie from Maricopa, AZ replies: "I had an itchy butt for 2 years and I finally cured it with MEBENZADOLE the mexican name is VERMOX
(for parasitic infection) I asked my doc. for some and I took it once every 10 days for two months. No more itchy butt."
03/31/2010: Todd from Indianapolis, Indiana replies: "Nuts definitely cause it. I just started a workout program that advised nuts for protein. I've been eating almonds like crazy. Then I started getting the itch! I can stop taking them and the problem goes away. I think I can also get used to it after eating them for awhile?
I thought maybe there were little undigested pieces of the almonds causing the problem, but who knows maybe there is some kind of reaction."
[YEA] 09/26/2012: G from Wherever, Fl, USA: "I suffered from an itchy butt for about 4 or 5 years. And this wasn't just an occasional off-and-on itch either. This was EVERY DAY. It was horrible. Especially at night. It was impossible to get a good night's sleep. And I loves me some sleep. That was probably the worst part. And I tried everything. Apple cider vinegar. Coconut oil. Tea tree oil. Rubbing Alcohol. Zinc Oxide. Nothing worked.
And then I tried a banana peel. I had used it before on warts with success, but I didn't realize its potential for other skin ailments until I read about people using it for dermatitis and eczema. So I figured I'd give it a go. I took a banana peel. Scraped off some of the inside gunk. Not all of it. Just enough to not make a total mess in there. And then I just kinda stuck it in between my butt cheeks and left it there for an hour or so. When I first applied it, the itch became worse. But it's important to resist the urge to remove the peel. After a few minutes the intense itching should go away. To my surprise, the next day my itchy butt had diminished significantly. I finally was able to have a good night's sleep. However, I'm not entirely cured. I find that I have to do this every few days. Also, alcohol is a huge factor for me. If I drink, the itch and soreness quickly returns, so I have to limit how often I over-indulge in alcohol. But the banana peel gave me my life back. Give it a try. All hail the almighty banana peel!!"Replies
09/26/2012: Sammy61 from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "Stop Drinking and the itch will go away.... I'd rather be sober than to make a habit of sticking banana peels up my azz. Cmon Man!"
09/27/2012: Kay from In The Valley, Ca replies: "It sure sounds like you have a candida problem. Look it up on EC and see if any info can help you. Good Luck, sounds miserable!"
09/27/2012: Me from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada replies: "Itchy but it's a sign of parasites in your organism, check that out! I remember reading an article about using natural remedies to deparasite the body wich said that we should use one remedy at a time for no longer than one week or ten days because the parasites develop resistence to it, always have them on an empty stomach, especially in the morning. There was a list of over a dozen of natural remedies, I remember only a few like bee products, garlic or pumpkin seeds, not salted or roasted, I think you can find more info. on this site or google if you are interested."
01/02/2013: Smitty from Greensboro, Nc replies: "When u said the alcohol sets it off that immediately made me think of yeast! How many of us have had butt problems since Christmas and New Year's. I've had 2 horrible episodes and wondering if sugary treats set it off. Also have not had any corn in many month, had cornbread that about killed me until all of those 2 meals got thru my system."
[YEA] 01/31/2012: Joann from Bentonville, Ar : "A bidet made my anal itching all go away. I had wanted one for years, but we didn't have hot water near the stool. I decided to get one anyway and use cold water only until we could run a hot water line to it. My husband hooked it up in just a few minutes. He turned off the water, unscrewed the water line to the stool, then screwed a bidet connection that fit to the water line and the bidet. Water then can go to the toilet, when it is flushed or the bidet, if it is turned on. Everything to hook it up was included.
This one isn't electric and it works great. I bought it on sale at Amazon for $79. The first week the water seemed a little cold and it was summer time. (My daughter said it gave her frost bite. ) I got used to it being cold and it doesn't bother me at all even in the winter time during zero weather. The water to the bidet stays in the waterline in the bathroom and the chill dissipates between uses. I have used it and it didn't bother me.
I have a range of motion problem, so it was very hard to wipe, I had to lay down to clean myself and it would take at least 10 minutes 4 times a day. I get cleaner with the bidet. I sometimes use a hand held bidet with warm water and hand lotion or oil in it to rinse after I have used the stool bidet. The company offers a hand held bidet with the toilet bidet sometimes. A hand held is good when you are away from home but the toilet bidet is a lot better."
10/08/2011: Bill from Charlotte, Nc: "I'm going to give you the cure. I tried everything too. I came accross this in dermatologic paper on line so I'm not taking the credit. I had very bad night itch and this cured it immediately. There are two catches to this:
Catch 1: You have to do it every night (or most nights). But so what... you brush your teeth every day right?
Catch 2: You have to be prepared for intense itching (about 5-7 minutes worth) every night before bed.
The treatment is capsaicin cream (0.1%) or less if you can find it. You can buy it right from CVS, Walgreens, etc. In the area that sells muscle pain heat creams (e.g, Heat). This is made from cayenne peppers. You need to use a very very small amount. Trust me when I say if you are using more than a bb size it's too much! Don't think more is better. Apply the tiny bb sized amount. It will spread, don't worry such a small size not covering. Its enough. After you apply it wait for the itch. It will come and it will be intense! But after its gone there will only be a sort of cool feeling. You will sleep through the night. Since you have abrasions down there my friend, the stinging and itch will be worse the 1st week. But, since you are awake for the itch, you'll be able to will yourself not to scratch unlike when an itch comes in your sleep and you're kind of on autopilot to scratch. Good luck."
[YEA] 03/20/2013: Fellow Sufferer from Eastern Usa, Usa!: "After suffering from anal itching for well over a year I finally found something that works!! No burning vinegar, (which did help but the itch was always back the next day or two)
Pure Virgin COCONUT OIL!! I haven't suffered the itch in a month. Trust me, that in itself is a miracle. Instead of burning or itching more at first like the vinegar or baking soda or peroxide it actually soothes. If I start feeling it come back I just add some more. I hope you all can find some of the relief that I have found with coconut oil!"Replies
03/20/2013: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "That's because most anal itching is caused by a fungus, the coconut oil is an antifungal."
03/22/2013: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West, South Africa replies: "Methylated spirits also very effective as a remedy for anal itch, just pat your anus with cotton wool soaked in methylated spirits."
Colloidal Oatmeal, Mineral Oil
[YEA] 12/01/2008: Paul from Uxbridge, MA: "Colloidal Oatmeal & Mineral Oil (Remedy):
I had written a post about how olive oil temporarily relieved this nagging anal itch i've had for months. The olive oil didn't do anything long term but one day I decided to take a bath w/ all natural aveeno bath powder (can be bought at walmart, cvs, etc) and mineral oil (the laxative). This remedy is probably the most soothing for the itch. The Aveeno Bath powder has colloidal oatmeal which is great for skin irritation. The mineral oil works overtime as it stays on the skin after the bath. What I do is mix 4 table spoons of mineral oil w/ one packet of colloidal oatmeal powder into a warm bath. I usually let it soak for 1/2 hour. It takes a few days to truly feel the difference but I can say with confidence that my irritated tush is healed. On a side note, I no longer use regular toilet paper which was the culprit for causing the itch. I switched to moist wipes that contain no alcohol and has Aloe Vera and Vitamin E."Replies
09/16/2011: Jaibee from Chicago, Il replies: "You can put Aveeno cream (the best) or generic oatmeal body/hand cream on a Q-tip and, well, stick it in there. Wipe off excess with TP. And for me personally- I get itch after too much gin (even expensive gin) and if I have had poison ivy or sumac, after eating too may cashews (come from the same family as poison ivy)"
[YEA] 10/24/2011: Brat from Flemington, Nj : "I have had issues with this for some time now on a daily basis and it is worse with a bowel movement. It is incredibly painful and irritating as you all know. I didn't put two and two together until yesterday when I had cranberry juice, which I started drinking again yesterday for its health benefits and ability to flush out fat. Low and behold today I have had no issues. I don't know what exactly causes the itching and pain, but I had wondered if it wasn't a yeast infection. Even on a low carb diet I still had issues though. In the past I have had cranberry juice and it went away, but I didn't realize that's what worked. Cranberry juice is great at fighting bacteria and yeast and my problem is totally solved whenever I drink it. It must be the unsweetened one that's just 100% cranberry juice, NO other juices or sweeteners (or you can also make your own which I've done before and it isn't hard.)"
[YEA] 08/24/2013: Emilyette from Saskatchewan, Canada: "I had itchy butt for 3 years before I got up the nerve to go to a doctor. Then over the next 3 years, I went to 3 different doctors. They didn't help. I started researching and tried a few different things including yeast solutions, they helped a bit, but nothing stopped it. Finally I saw a book with a special diet for your health and I decided to try it for other problems that I was having, such as swollen knees. After 3 months I was surprised to find that the itching (had gradually) gone away!!! Yea!!!
Turns out that I have a problem with wheat! I have recently gotten carried away with eating wheat again and I'm back to the itch. I've also noticed that sugar makes it worse, so have cut way back on that too. But I cut out wheat entirely. Very hard to do, everything has wheat in it. I've been off wheat and cut way back on sugar for about a week and the itch is gone! I intend to make some coconut flour pancakes, muffins etc. I'd almost forgotten that wheat was that bad for me, it's been so long since I've had this kind of reaction.
I know this is not the solution for everyone, but I just wanted all of you to know that something like this could be a solution. The book I was talking about is Eat Right For Your Blood Type, just in case someone would like to try it. Good luck and good health to all of you."