Anal Itch - Editor's Choice

Over the years, Earth Clinic readers have sent us many reports about their treatments for Anal Itch. The editors at Earth Clinic consider the below posts to be some of the most helpful and informative and have named them 'Editor's Choice'. We hope that you will find this useful.

Gluten-Free Diet

Posted by Bignumbas (Bunadaberg) on 01/17/2018

I had an itchy anus for 25 years from age 40 on until I found out my arteriosclerosis was probably cause by inflammation caused by wheat intolerance. This was after having 3 stents at age 56.

So I gave up wheat at age 60 and went gluten free and the itching stopped and has not come back.

If I ever accidentally had some gluten I would immediately get the itching and also a small sore that hurt when I wiped my rear end.

I have been told that when you go gluten free you become more sensitive to it as you lose any immunity that you had built up.

Coincidentally I found out that Lugol's iodine was used for treatment of arteriosclerosis so I have been having Lugols iodine for the last 7 months applying it transdermally usually about a half inch in an eyedropper every couple of days and found before Christmas that my gluten intolerance has gone.

I no longer get an itchy/sore anus even if I eat gluten.

I am however not going back to wheat but it makes my life so much better being able to eat it occasionally.

Aloe and Witch Hazel

Posted by Lsck (Ontario, Canada ) on 04/03/2017 1 posts

Cure for chronic Anal Itch:

So many ailments of mine have been cured by things that people have taken the time to post on here. So it's time for me to contribute!

I've been suffering from severe anal itch since I got pregnant with my daughter 3 years ago. It would go away temporarily but then would always come back. I tried EVERYTHING. From trial and error, I finally discovered something that works for me. Hopefully it helps somebody.

Here it is:

Soak mini cotton balls (not q-tips) in witch hazel/aloe combo. Shape them in a skinny-ish narrow shapes. If you can't find little ones, break them in half. Put in freezer. Once frozen, insert whenever needed. I tried coating with coconut oil to help ease them in, but I found that the oil caused more irritation. Sorry for TMI but you kind of have to apply a bit of pressure to get in. But once in, oh my gosh it is COLD. I urge you to grin and bear it because it instantly relieves the itch, and after a minute it is extremely soothing. Leave in for as long as you can, but I don't recommend overnight because it will start to bug you. Use these whenever needed until the problem is resolved. It took about three days for my problem to go away completely.

The frozen factor relieves the swelling and irritation, which I believe was THE key to curing my problem. Keeping the swelling and irritation down so that the area had a chance to heal.

I tried frozen ACV cotton balls first, but I believe that unless you have some sort of infection in there, the vinegar is too harsh for that area and will slow/prevent the healing process.

Hope this helps somebody!!