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Home remedies for itching on the anus
An itch is an itch in the area of the anus. This can be extremely agonizing and annoying and is mostly perceived as rather embarrassing. Pojucking is based on a wide variety of causes, which in most cases are quite harmless and against which various home remedies can be used effectively. However, if the itching can hardly be endured and / or if it lasts for a longer period of time, a doctor should be consulted, as there may also be internal diseases in which the unpleasant itching occurs.
After-itch, pruritus ani, can have various causes. The harmless reasons are poor or excessive hygiene, dry skin, mechanical stimuli and an allergic reaction. The anal area should always be kept clean and dry, because uncleanliness and a humid climate can lead to mild inflammation with itching. Cotton underwear is preferable to synthetic underwear, as the latter supports a humid climate. Badly fitting clothes during sports, which may then rub in the genital area, plus sweat - is also a possible reason for the itching.
Numerous other factors can cause the appearance of the itch. For example, moist toilet paper is often used for hygiene. However, the fragrances it contains can cause irritation with subsequent itching. Too dry skin may be the trigger for the smallest cracks and injuries, which also cause pruritus ani. Nourishing measures in the form of oil or ointment are necessary here. An allergic reaction, for example to the detergent used or to the material of the underwear, can also be the cause.
Frequent bowel movements, for example caused by diarrhea, can lead to itching in the anal area. Certain foods can also cause excruciating itching. This includes spicy foods, salty, chocolate and citrus fruits, especially when larger amounts are consumed. Caffeinated beverages such as cola, coffee or tea, as well as alcoholic beverages, can also be responsible for the after itching. Stress and inner restlessness are often seen in connection with the unpleasant itching.
The cause of after itching can, for example, be related to an underlying neurodermatitis. Hemorrhoidal disease is also a possible cause. Everyone has hemorrhoids. Together with the sphincters, they seal the anus. Only when these swell, enlarge and / or are pathologically changed is there a hemorrhoidal disease, which is commonly called "hemorrhoids" in everyday language. Symptoms of such a condition include itchy itch, lumps, oozing and possibly blood on the anus.
Pinworms, which mainly affect children, show up with massive nighttime itching and restless sleep. In addition there are symptoms such as pelvic pain and loss of appetite, although a symptom-free course is also possible. Inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, in which patients often suffer from massive diarrhea, are occasionally accompanied by the unpleasant itching sensation.
An examination for diabetes mellitus is particularly recommended if the poching does not stop at all. The symptoms occur particularly in extremely overweight or obese diabetics. Other pathological causes of the complaints are candidiasis (fungal infection), anal fistula (pathological gait, inflammatory changes), anal fissures (tear in the skin of the anal canal) and anal carcinoma.
In addition, taking antibiotics, an existing immune deficiency, liver, thyroid and blood disorders, bacterial infections, herpes zoster (shingles) and herpes simplex are possible triggers for itching on the anus.
Itching is rarely the only symptom. Other complaints include burning, oozing, frequent urge to stool, anal pain, pain during bowel movements, foreign body sensation and abnormal defecation.
First aid for itching: compresses
A short-term after-itch can be treated with home remedies. However, if the itching lasts longer and becomes almost unbearable, this should be clarified by a doctor. The most important plant to be mentioned in connection with itching in the anal area is the witch hazel, in English witch hazel. Compresses, soaked in a mixture of Hamamelist tincture and a little boiled water and placed on the anal area several times a day, relieve the itching on the buttocks. At first, this treatment can burn a bit, but this usually wears off very soon.
Calendula tincture (marigold tincture), applied in the same way, is a good helper if the anal area is inflamed. Marigold and witch hazel are contained in some ointments, which can also be used for the treatment.
A very old home remedy is the black tea bag. This is placed lukewarm or cool on the affected area. The black tea has an astringent effect and thus reduces swelling, pain and itching.
After the bowel movement and after cleaning with water, a cool quark compress is recommended. This cools the sensitive and irritated area and is also anti-inflammatory.
A home remedy that is available in every household is vinegar. Pouring a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar on half a liter of boiled water and dabbing the affected area several times a day is a very simple but helpful way to tackle the itching.
Sitz baths are particularly suitable as home remedies for after-itching and after-burning. Plants in question are the well-known chamomile, oak bark and yarrow. Depending on the symptoms, these herbs are used individually or in combination for a hip bath.
All three plants are itchy, but have other areas of application. The chamomile has an anti-inflammatory effect, the yarrow heals wounds and the oak bark contracts and is slightly anesthetic. The marigold, as another healing component, can round off the mixture.
Danger: A hip bath with the herbs mentioned should not be performed more than two to three times a week. At a water temperature of approximately 28 degrees Celsius, the bathing time is between twenty and thirty minutes, in warmer water, for example 36 to 38 degrees Celsius, bathing takes only ten to a maximum of twenty minutes.
If a hemorrhoidal disease is responsible for the itch on the buttocks, a hip bath with tea tree oil can help.Instructions for a hip bath for hemorrhoids
- Fill a bowl or hip bath with warm water
- Add 6 drops of tea tree oil
- Sit in the water and bathe in it for about 10 minutes
- Then dab the anal area carefully but carefully
Manuka honey for itching
Honey is also an easy-to-use but effective home remedy. However, household honey should not be used here, but manuka honey, which has a very special healing power. This can be obtained in health food stores or pharmacies. If some of this is applied to the itchy area, the honey relieves the itching, has an antibiotic and soothing effect.
Aloe vera and medicinal herb tea
A high quality pure aloe vera gel is also recommended. Because aloe cools, heals and relieves itching. The right herbs can also help with itching from the inside. A tea, mixed in equal parts from chamomile, calendula and yarrow, can cope with the itching if two cups are drunk every day. However, the mixture should not be drunk continuously for more than six weeks. After that, a break is necessary.
What to consider
If ointments are used for the treatment, attention should be paid to the ointment base. Products that are not made from petroleum and that do not use preservatives are recommended. After each bowel movement, clean the anal area with warm, clear water and then pat dry with soft toilet paper.
In some cases, blow drying at the lowest level for a while is a good way to get the moisture out. The underwear must be changed after every sweaty activity and the anal area dried. Tight-fitting jeans or poorly fitted sports clothing should be avoided. (sw, nr)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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- Pschyrembel Online: www.pschyrembel.de (accessed: August 19, 2019), hemorrhoids
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- Christoph Lübbert; Roger Vogelmann: Gastroenterological Infectiology, Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG, 2017
- Mannfried Pahlow: The great book of medicinal plants: Healthy through the healing powers of nature, Nikol (August 1, 2013)