Anal itching also known as (Pruritus Ani), or for the non-medical types its just an itchy butt crack. Since I am a sufferer of Hemorrhoids and not a doctor, we can just skip the Medical mumbo jumbo for now. :-)
What is anal itching?
Anal itching is the irritation of the skin at the exit of the rectum, known as the anus, accompanied by the desire to scratch. Although itching may be a reaction to chemicals in the stool, it often implies that there is inflammation of the anal area. The intensity of anal itching and the amount of inflammation increases from the direct trauma of scratching and the presence of moisture. So the more you scratch and the harder you scratch the worse it can get.
What causes Itchy Butt Crack?
- Itchy Butt Crack/ anal itch can be caused by irritating chemicals in the foods we eat, such as are found in spices, hot sauces, and peppers.
- Anal itching also can be caused by the irritation of continuous moisture in the anus caused by frequent liquid stools, diarrhea, or escape of small amounts of stool (incontinence).
- Psoriasis also can irritate the anus.
- Abnormal passageways (fistulas) from the small intestine or colon to the skin surrounding the anus can form as a result of disease (such as Crohn’s disease), and these fistulas bring irritating fluids to the anal area.
Other problems that can cause anal itching include:
- hemorrhoids, “more common”
- tears of the anal skin (fissures)
How is Itchy Butt Crack treated?
Initial treatment of simple itching is directed toward relieving the burning and soreness. It is important to clean and dry the anus thoroughly and avoid leaving soap in the anal area. Cleaning efforts should include gentle showering without direct rubbing or soreness of the skin with either the washcloth or towel. After bowel movements, moist pads (such as baby wipes, flushable moist wipes, and flushable anal cleansing wipes) should be used for cleaning the anus instead of toilet paper.
Ointments, creams, and gels – when used around the anus – should be applied as a thin covering. When applied to the anal canal, these products should be inserted with a finger or a “pile pipe.” Suppositories or foams do not have advantages over ointments, creams, and gels.