Back to Health A to Z. You can often do simple things yourself to ease an itchy bottom anus. See a GP if the itching doesn't stop. An itchy bottom that's worse at night is often caused by threadworms , especially in children. Children under 2, and pregnant and breastfeeding women, can't usually take medicine for threadworms — see your GP, midwife or health visitor instead.
Anal Itch (Pruritus Ani) Guide: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options
Anal itching occurs when the skin around your anus becomes irritated. You may feel intense itching around and just inside the anus. Abdelnaby A, Downs JM. Diseases of the anorectum. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease.
A reader asks : Doctor, I have been suffering from anal itch for a long time. The itching is only at one point inside the anus and it bothers me a lot. I have been to a gastroenterologist, after couple of tests he told me it is due to hemorrhoids. The doctor game me fiber supplements and medicines to keep my bowel movement smooth. But the problem still persists.
Your doctor may be able to diagnose the cause of your itching simply by asking you questions about your symptoms, medical history and personal care habits. If pinworms are suspected, your doctor may suggest doing a test for pinworms. You may also need a physical exam, including a digital rectal exam. If the cause of your itching isn't obvious or it doesn't respond to initial treatment, your doctor may refer you to a skin specialist dermatologist. It's possible the cause of the itching may never be identified.