Anal Itch Remedies

Olive Oil  

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Posted by Paul (Uxbridge, MA) on 11/09/2008
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Worked Temporarily

Suffering from anal itch. For the past four months I have been suffering from this nagging itch that I can't get rid of no matter what I try. I have made significant changes in my diet (no more sugar, very little caffeine), tried every medication, it even got to the point where I used a suppository because my rectum was itching. I no longer wipe the area, instead I use alcohol free wipes and pat the area. Nothing has worked. I have been to my physician twice and he prescribed two different topical creams that haven't worked. I find myself going on the internet on a daily basis to get rid of this, and had to leave work early this week b/c of the itch. My doctor and I have ruled out pinworms, anal fissures and hemoroids. I personally think its just broken skin that has been irritated further from all the creams and medicine i have been putting on it. The past few days I have been applying refrigerated extra virgin olive oil to the area. It has a soothing feel to it and the itch goes away for a little while. The olive oil seems to absorb very quickly so it doesn't feel greasy. We shall see what happens, but I refuse to get back on medications for this because they only seemed to make it worse.

Replied by Janis
Renton, US.
11/10/2008

I had an awful anal itch around the age of 50 and at that same age I found out that I had colon polps. After I had a colonoscopy and had 2 polyps removed, I never had another anal itch. It may be just a coincidence or the polyps may have caused the itch somehow. Anyway, if you have reached age 50 or over or if colon polyps run in your family, you may need to get a colonoscopy at a younger age, if you are younger than 50.When I had the anal itch it was constant and I didn't have hemrhoids either. Good luck. I hope you can get the cause of the itch figured out.


Onion, Garlic and ACV Enema  

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Posted by Diamond (Ma.) on 12/29/2014
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I found a great remedy for anal itch, mine is caused from a mold virus.

I cut up half an onion a few fresh garlic - I use lots of garlic, I then soak these two in apple cider vinegar over night, the next day take an enema with this solution and you will see great results. Do this as often as you feel the need to do so. Because I have a mold virus I saw an awful lot of puss or inflammation coming out onto the floor. What a big surprise but also a huge relief. The sad part is not one doctor can or could treat me. I ended up handicap because of the lack of. But the best results is I feel a whole lot better. God Bless.

Replied by Jennifer
Tx
12/27/2015

Your doctor probably couldn't help you, because there is no such thing as a "mold virus."


Over the Counter  

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Posted by Wisdom Ace (Port Huron, Michigan) on 12/26/2012
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I have used ointment for this after showering. Just an amount the size of the end of your finger is all it takes. After drying real good with a towel I dry completly with a hair dryer then I apply a small amount of Ointment to the hemmoroid and anus area. Thats it. It's a very old remedy. I live in Michigan and can only find it at one Walgreen's store in town. Active ingredients: Camphor, 3.0%, anti itching. Phenol, 2.5%, anesthetic. Tannic acid, 6.6% astringent. Other ingredients: Petrolatum, Bees Wax, Lavender Oil The trademark is PBO and it's in a yellow container. could be in a tube or a small plastic jar of 3oz. My mother and Uncle used this preparation for years with success. Thats why I use it too.

Replied by Anonymous
Mount Rainier, Md
03/16/2013

It took me hours of searching to find the OTC product that you mentioned. For those of you that want to know as well, it's called Peterson's Ointment or Peterson's Hemorrhoidal Ointment.


Personal Hygiene Bottle  

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Posted by Lynne (Dayton, Ohio) on 06/22/2009
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I suffer with anal itching usually around my menstral cycle. When I gave birth to my daughter years ago, the hospital gave me a personal hygiene bottle. You fill the bottle with water and wash your rear with it. Ever since then I use it every time I go to the bathroom. I have ordered several bottles off of hospital supply websites and keep at least one bottle in every bathroom. I even take them with me when I travel. You can't beat them for cleansing. You don't have to further irritate the area by wiping to get clean. For severe cases I put castor oil on a cotton ball and keep it on the area for a while and it brings me relief.

EC: personal hygiene bottle = enema bag/hot water bottle


Pinworm Connection  

Posted by Geraldene (Adelaide ) on 10/17/2017

Sometimes people overlook that the itching can be caused by pin worms. It's not only children who suffer from pinworms.

A simple one off tablet at night can illuminate the itching.

My friends have put up with anal itching and all sorts of medications from the Doc for years..they all denied it could not possibly be pin worms..

Well after trying the medication for pinworms. They are itch free!

Their answer was..."why didn't my Doctor tell me this? And I hàve put up with this for years and it has cost me a fortune in medications for other diagnosis.


Probiotics  

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Posted by Zark (Emerald City, The Land Of Oz) on 04/06/2016
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Probiotics can also help with itchy bum. I find it works very well for the duration that I am taking it. Different strains may work better - I use multi-strain probiotics, usually about 8 or more strains.

Should help if you have an underlying gut flora imbalance that is causing the itch, as seems to be frequent with people who have other inflammatory issues (asthma, dermatitis, eczema, allergies, etc).

Probiotics won't help, however, if your root cause is worms/parasites.


Rubbing Alcohol  

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Posted by Ronson (Mountain City, TN) on 06/11/2009
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itchy butt: I found your site while searching for alternative treatment for hbp. In only 3 days my results have been nothing short of miraculous. Thank you earth clinic and to all of the people who contribute to your website. I'd also like to contribute a remedy of my own to the itchy butt ailment category. My line of work requires that I am exposed to extreme heat both from the sun and 400 degree asphalt which irritates or chaps my and my co-workers butt regularly. The best and quickest cure for this is rubbing alcohol! Yes, it burns like heck for about 15 seconds, but as soon as the burning stops, healed! A fan blowing directly to the area helps alot. I've tried getting my girlfriend to blow until it stops burning, but she just laughs too hard to make any wind.

Replied by Alma
Sparta, Ga
06/21/2009

The request by the boyfriend to have someone "blow on his butt" is not something you should do. If he has a pinworm infestation, the eggs are deposited by the females during the night on the exterior of the buttocks and will become airborne resulting in the person doing the "blowing" becoming infected. To see the pinworm go to Google and type into the search block "pinworm image" without the quotation marks.

Replied by Itchy And Scratchy Show
Phoenix, Arizona
08/13/2011

Does anybody know how many times a day you can use rubbing alcohol to ease symptoms without creating issues? Burns like heck, but it seems to have worked the first time.


Sunflower Seeds  

Posted by Lois (NYC, NY) on 03/31/2009

butt itch: sunflower seeds are great for it


Tea Tree and Peppermint Oils  

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Posted by Deborah (Phoenix Az) on 08/25/2016
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I had anus yeast and the doctor ordered Nystatin Cream and Antifungal Powder with Miconzole Nitrate. Neither one was productive. The itch got worse. I read about tea tree oil which I had. I also had peppermint oil. Accidently I started using the peppermint oil mixed with water. I used a very little amount of oil and a good amount of water. At first it burned but a few minutes later the burning went away as well as the itching. I never seen this remedy for yeast but it worked for me. I used a spray bottle to put it on and avoided contact with the vagina area.


Tea Tree Oil  

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Posted by Brad (New York, NY) on 06/08/2009
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I suffered miserably for months with anal itch. I don't know how it came about, it wasn't poor hygeine or anything that can be explained. I went to my physician, a specialist and was prescibed several medications that only made the situation worse. They couldn't explain it either. They just said keep the area dry. The itch was insane, I would come home from work and literally sit in front of the computer researching for hours how to beat my pain. It started in August, it ended in recently this June. TEA TREE OIL. Don't dillute it. 3-5 drops on a cotton ball, hold to the area for 1 minute. Wait five minutes then apply some corn starch to the area. twice a day should work, or as many times as needed. Yes it will burn at first, BUT it is followed with a cooling sensation. In some instances the itch comes on for a few minutes because it is such a strong astringent that it may irritate the skin.

An example of how this works: I had gone on a horrible drinking binge this past thursday followed by 3 cups of coffee that friday. Alcohol and Coffee are horrible for my condition. Once I go to the bathroom, I'm itching all day. Anyway, I had a date that night and didn't want to break it. Half way through the date I couldn't even think straight and was clearly bothered by the itching. I was ready to call it a night, but we decided to go shopping at the mall. I couldn't take it anymore so I thought I would buy some tea tree oil (knowing that it worked previously) and run to the mens room to apply it. Luckily a local nutrition store had it. Thanks to the Tea Tree oil the date continued for another 3 hrs, my tush felt 100 percent better... God Bless this oil.

Highly Recommended.

Replied by Consider
Somewhere Out There
05/20/2016

If tea tree oil did work, and alcohol is worsening your condition, it's definitely the yeasty beasties. Tea Tree Oil is a godsend for yeast.


Toothpaste  

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Posted by Noli (Singapore) on 08/23/2011
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I use toothpaste on my anus before I sleep, leave it for 4 minutes and then wash off. Most of my nights are itch-free, but if I dont use the toothpaste the itch comes back.

Replied by Barbara
Marietta, Georgia
05/24/2012
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Me and my husband just tried tooth paste, it didn't help the itching, it burnt us really bad!!!


Vitamin E  

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Posted by Jean (Wheeling, Il) on 06/18/2015
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For anal itch, pierce a vitamin E caplet and apply the contents liberally on the anal area. Immediate relief.


Posted by Laurence (Glen Ellyn, Illinois) on 03/07/2012
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Was being driven insane by this until I read about piercing a cap and squeezing the oil on the afflicted area. It was instant relief. I now include a daily E capsule for both ends.


Witch Hazel  

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Posted by Jillery (Rawlly, NC) on 08/17/2014 67 posts
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I go thru periods of itchy butt. I tried using just witch hazel and it worked!


Witch Hazel, Diaper Rash Cream  

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Posted by Maria (Bethany, CT) on 01/20/2009
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Itchy Butt: I also suffered from this. Two things worked. The first was witch hazel. Saturate a cotton ball and apply to the infected area. Slight sting but worth it. What many don't realize is that sometimes toilet paper alone doesn't do the job and that any amount of (stuff) left behind (pun intended) may cause a reaction to that sensitive area. I suggest using either flushable wipes, or wet the T.P. and wipe again. Also, good old baby diaper rash formula works wonders. If you are still having problems, consider the possibility of diet and/or parasite. Consider a
parasite/worm natural cleanse product that contains black walnut hull and extract. Good luck!

Replied by Heretohelp8
London, Ontario, Canada
08/05/2012

I have had a problem with my anus being itchy for about two weeks now. I'm not completely sure as to the cause of this horrid and embarrassing problem but it does seem to occur when I have a loose, watery bowel movement. My mom believes it is due to the acidity in my diet, which burns the sensitive skin around the anus and causes irritation, but I can't be sure. I will work to actually curing my problem in the future, but for now, all I crave is a remedy. In the beginning my mother suggested icing the area. I agreed and felt relief soon enough. I lie on my back and wedge a half inch thick hard ice pack between my cheeks and it seems to do the trick within ten minutes. I make sure to keep a piece of clothing between ice and skin, and make sure not to ice for to long or you will get frostbitten. But who carries around a frozen icepack with them? So I needed something portable. And on top of that I am still horribly itchy for those ten minutes.

So I read online in multiple places about witch hazel, and asked my mom to pick me up some. She did and I began using it. It didn't work at first, but I don't believe I applied it properly. I just used it again, accompanied with an ice pack and it seemed to do the trick within five. When I applied it this time I soaked a thick piece of toilet paper in it, sat on the toilet and held it to the area. It did sting a tad in the beginning but it gets better. I still have doubts about witch hazel used on its own or as a cure, but it would certainly work in a pinch or coupled with ice. Hope this helped!



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