Last Modified on May 20, 2016
Let’s be honest, we have all been there – pretending you’re paying attention when all you can do is think of ways to find relief. You may be embarrassed to discuss such a sensitive issue as anal itching, but the reality is that it is a very common issue with a variety of causes. Whatever the cause, though, we have a few natural remedies for you that will actually offer relief, including apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, and fresh garlic.
What Is Anal Itching?
A common condition, anal itching is an itch that is situated in the anus or on the skin directly around the anus. The condition is typically accompanied by a strong urge to scratch and is often embarrassing and rather uncomfortable. Additional symptoms of the condition, also known as Pruritus ani, include burning and soreness in and around the anus.
What Causes Pruritus Ani?
Identifying the underlying cause of the condition is often considered one of the most important steps toward treating the itch. The condition has a number of common causes including skin irritation, digestive issues, hemorrhoids, infection, skin disease, and anal tumors.
Can I Get Rid of the Itch with Natural Treatments?
While most rectal itching does not require medical treatment, seeking treatment can offer faster relief and healing. While the exact cause of the condition often warrants specific treatment, we have found apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, and fresh garlic to be effective treatments to an assortment of causes of anal itching. Additionally, avoid scratching, wearing tight underwear, and taking bubble baths to prevent further irritation.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the key causes of anal itching is general acidity in the body. As such, taking a daily dose of 2 tablespoons of ACV diluted in 8 ounces of water is an effective way to treat the condition, as it helps alkalize the body. It also helps fight infection and support overall health.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural infection-fighting agent, so it helps eliminate the cause of the condition. It also helps relieve inflammation that may be contributing to the condition.
3. Fresh Garlic
Garlic helps treat the condition from the inside out. It helps to eliminate intestinal infection as well as to relieve inflammation throughout the body.
In addition to these remedies, you may want to try warm sitz baths as well as witch hazel for additional relief. We also suggest searching our database of reader contributed treatment options to find even more relief. Please let us know what you tried to heal your anal itch!
Remedies for Anal Itch
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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)
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Posted by Cindy (Missouri, US) on 07/22/2014
I have had the itch for over 30 years. It used to keep me awake but I have overcome that. One thing no one should ever do is use a loofa on their anus. It feels so good while you are scratching with it. Then the fire starts. It takes several days for it to heal enough to take a comfortable poop. Don't do it! I have tried everything, some things work and others don't. I wish I could make it go away forever. For years I used my aloe plant, it was known by my family as mom's malady muck. I do think that vinegar is the best choice overall.
Posted by CC (SLC, Utah) on 12/07/2008
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.
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Posted by Jsruby (San Francisco) on 03/11/2016
I tried nearly everything on this earth clinic list for anal itch for about a month. Sometimes the itch would stop for a bit but just continue. It felt more like crawling rather than itching. In my case it is yeast. The only thing that stopped it was prebiotic suppositories for yeast infection. It says it's for vaginal but I used for anal in the morning and at night.
I also took a 9 multi-strain candida formula to drink 1 tsp morning and night. This stopped it immediately!
It also helps to follow an anti-candida diet, no starches, breads, sugar, alcohol. Look up 10 best foods to combat candida. There are also teas and supplements to fight yeast.
Posted by Pat (Norco, Ca) on 05/03/2013
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....
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Posted by Penntony (Erial, Nj) on 01/19/2015
I have had this itching problem for about ten days. I called the Doctor and she sent a cream. I have used it for about 5 days and it has shown some relief. Today I got some apple Cider Vinegar. It helped but, then I put some more and left it there for a few minutes. When I took the cloth out, it had some surface blood on it. I dried the area up and have checked several times since without seeing any blood. So, I guess that you have to be careful about using this.
Posted by Dan (Uk) on 08/24/2013
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.
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Posted by Ray (Racine, Wi) on 07/06/2013
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.
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Posted by Itchy Boy's Mom (Boston, Ma) on 09/02/2012
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.
Posted by Kerri (Kansas City, MO) on 06/20/2009
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!
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Posted by Cheri (Port Charlotte , FL) on 11/10/2008
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.
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Posted by G (Wherever, Fl, USA) on 09/26/2012
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!!
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Posted by Joann (Bentonville, Ar ) on 01/31/2012
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.
Posted by Bill (Charlotte, Nc) on 10/08/2011
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.
Posted by Fellow Sufferer (Eastern Usa, Usa!) on 03/20/2013
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!
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