Last Modified on Feb 17, 2015
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!
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[YEA] 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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