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Bum Irritation: Don't Suffer in Silence

Posted by Rachel Jones on Apr 23, 2014 12:36:00 PM

Anorectal discomfort and itching is unpleasant, annoying and can even be embarrassing at times. It can cause you to feel miserable and lead to awkward moments. Everyone has an occasional itch here and there, but if you’re experiencing persistent itching and consistent anorectal discomfort, you don’t have to suffer!


Common Causes of Anortectal Discomfort

Determining of the cause of your discomfort is the first step to finding relief. Pruritus ani, or itching, and other anal discomforts are common symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Yeast Infection
  • Small Anal Fissures
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Pinworms
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

Although anal itching is a commonly associated with the above disorders, any number of irritants can also cause pruritus ani. The area around the anus is sensitive and may be easily irritated by:

  • Soap or shampoo that irritates the skin or that is not completely rinsed off
  • Over-wiping, which causes irritation due to constant rubbing and added pressure
  • Tissue fragments that remain after wiping
  • Scratching or rubbing while washing and drying

Talk with your doctor or health care provider to determine and treat the underlying cause of your itching.

Put a Stop to the Itching

Treating the underlying cause of your anorectal discomfort is essential for long-term relief. However, you can stop the suffering and get short-term relief by following a few simple guidelines.

  • Avoid soaking in bath water with soap and other irritants
  • Rinse the anal area with water only in the shower; avoid scrubbing or using soap
  • Pat or air dry the area; avoid rubbing
  • Use unscented wet cloth wipes rather than tissue paper when wiping
  • Keep the anal area clean and dry
  • Follow the doctor’s orders for treatment of any underlying cause

Check with your doctor or healthcare provider before using prescription or over-the-counter anti-itch creams and other medicated products.

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