Why do I have an itchy bottom?

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Why do I have an itchy bottom?

Believe it or not anal itching or a strong need to scratch the skin around your anus is quite common (Pruritus Ani)

 It can often be classed as too much of an embarrassing symptom to discuss but it is important that you do and here is why…


What causes anal itching?

  • A bacterial infection
  • A skin condition such as atopic Eczema or Psoriasis
  • Piles or Haemorrhoids. This is encouraged by the discharge they produce
  • In children this can be caused by worms

It can be made worse by:

  • Heat
  • Moisture – such as using wet wipes
  • Woollen clothing or blankets
  • Tight clothing or underwear
  • Soiling yourself
  • Stress & Anxiety

If you have experienced anal itching for more than a few days we would advise you visit your GP to find out what is causing this often frustrating and embarrassing sensation. Itchy bottom can affect people of all ages however it occurs more frequently in patients aged 40-70 years of age. It can not only affect you physically but also mentally, as the area is so intimate and therefore seen as embarrassing it can often lead to anxiety.

Once your GP has examined your symptoms you will be provided with a diagnosis and plan of treatment. Don’t suffer in silence, book an appointment at a time that suits you and get rid of that pain in the bottom.

If you would like to book an appointment simply call our friendly and helpful team on 01245 474070 or alternatively you can e-mail our team on enquiries@baddowhospital.co.uk

Click here to read more about our Private GPs

Click here to read more about our General Surgeon Mr Toby Hammond who specialises in this area.

If you have experienced blood in your poo you may be interested in our previous blog post:

Blood in your poo when you go to the loo?