I wanted to start this thread for people who have the dreaded anal itch, and if anyone has been able to provide themselves relief through either doctor recommended treatments or home remedies, please post them here so that others can benefit from it.
I will start it off by explaining my problem and what I did to achieve total itch relief!! (ahhhhhhhhhh)
First off, about me. I realized I had hemorrhoids and possibly an anal fissure about a year ago. I have not been to the doctor to confirm this, but it's obvious to me, and I know that my father has them. Whether you have hemorrhoids or not, I think a lot of anal itching causes are related, and hopefully my remedy will help you too. If these methods don't help you, you may need to buckle down and visit a doctor to rule out pinworms or a more serious fungus or STD.
I started out doing what most people do. I tried Hydrocortisone cream and more than one type of Preparation H with very temporary results. (You know... the creams that tell you that you should use them sparingly for only a few days, when you really want to squeeze half the tube up your anus if it will help.) I also tried baby powder and corn starch, but they didn't help. Then I started tirelessly searching the web for other methods and suggestions, and I found a few of them on this site. The following are a collection suggestions I came across that worked great for me. You may not need to do all of them, but I had great success.
Wash the effected area with a hypoallergenic bar soap when you shower, and try to shower (at least your bottom half) after each bowel movement. The fewer the ingredients in the soap the better. No fragrances! I think the one I got just has glycerin and vitamin E. I use regular soap everywhere else, but ONLY the special soap for the privates. Be gentle drying the area with a towel, and try to completely air dry your buttocks before putting clothes on. A hair dryer helps if you're in a hurry.
This may sound weird, but immediately before every bowel movement, I put a decent amount of vaseline on and just inside my anus. This not only makes the movement easier (who'd have thought?), but it is supposed to protect the skin from excess fecal contact. It also makes wiping MUCH easier! And the less wiping the less irritation. Then, I try to use toilet paper as little as possible. I use it for the first wipe to get the bulk of the fecal matter off, and then I dab with it at the end to dry, but for the rest of the wiping I use moistened baby wipes. I used to use the Wet Ones brand and then some other type, but then I discovered I SHOULD NOT use them because they usually contain alcohol and fragrances and they also use chlorine to whiten them, all of which can irritate sensitive skin! I then found some hypoallergenic wipes that are far superior. I use the 365 (Whole Foods) brand, but there is also the "Seventh Generation" brand baby wipes that can easily be found online. I also have read that some people have had success by installing a bidet (water squirter) in their toilet that replaces wiping, but I have not tried it. I've also read that finding a toilet paper that is not whitened with bleach is good, but I have had success without that step.
Yes, we're back to creams. This may be the most important part, although I think they are all important. I made my own cream from a combination of products found at the store or online, and it was very easy. Also, surprisingly, it does not contain hydrocortisone. (I wanted to avoid it because I've read that prolonged use can make the skin more sensitive.) I know making your own cream sounds like a lot of work, but it's really not, and if you hate your anus itching (possibly bothering you right now) as much as I did, you won't mind the trouble. Some of these you may have to look for at a "natural" store, or I'm sure you can find them online. Here is the recipe:
Two parts Shea Butter:
Make sure you get a jar of 100% shea butter, not a tube. The jar of it will be of the consistency of semi-soft wax. You can probably also use Cocoa butter, but again find 100%, and firm. This will serve as a skin coating, protector, and help keep the cream waxy/creamy instead of slimy.
One part Desitin:
This is the #1 used diaper rash cream for babies for a reason. The main ingredient is Zinc Oxide, at 40%, which is a skin protectant, and also works for deodorizing and even is antibacterial. If you want to avoid the fragrance that Desitin has, you may be able to just buy zinc oxide powder online (used by people that make their own lotions and sunscreens), but I have not tried this. Desitin is very creamy, however, and helps add creaminess to this recipe, so if you use just the zinc powder, maybe use a bit more of the other ingredients.
One part Aquaphor:
I read several places that the main ingredient in this product (Petrolatum 41%) is great as a skin protectant that also promotes healing. If you are unable to find this product, you can maybe use vaseline, although I haven't tried it.
One part Aloe Vera:
Do NOT get the aloe vera gel next to the sunscreens at the drug store. This will have alcohols and dyes and fragrances. Try and find the closest thing you can to 100% aloe vera, with the fewest ingredients possible. The one I found has just a couple of ingredients for preservation, as well as vegetable oils, and menthol (good for a cooling effect!). You can use less than one part if your cream turns out too runny.
One part Preparation H COOLING GEL:
This step may be more for the hemorrhoids, but I believe it would help a simple itchy rash in that area as well. (I found the pharmacy brand equivalent to be half the price and have the exact same ingredients.) The two important ingredients here include Witch Hazel 50%, which is an astringent. An astringent works by shrinking or constricting body tissues. Whether it be a swollen hemorrhoid or an inflamed rash, this would help. The second ingredient is Phenylephrine HCL 0.25%, a vasoconstrictor, which works similarly to an astringent but more specifically tightens the walls of blood vessels, also reducing swelling and inflammation, both reducing pain and itching!
One part Corn Starch:
Yes just the corn starch found in the baking aisle at the grocery store. I've read that corn starch is supposed to be good for rashes if you sprinkle it on dry, but since that didn't work for me, I'm using it here for it's other useful purpose of thickening the cream. I'm not sure if it has any other benefit once mixed in the cream, so you may skip this step if you don't want to buy any, or if you think the cream thickness is fine. I have read a lot of homemade lotions, soaps, and deoderant recipes using corn starch, so there may be something to it.
Well there you have it. I massage a fingertip of this cream on my anus after every shower, and after every bowel movement if I don't shower immediately after. At first I would put it on intermittently during the day also, but I no longer need to. Also when I first bought all of the ingredients, because I could feel the itchiness spreading on my skin, I would also spread a layer of desitin all in my crack for a few days every morning. I have ZERO itch now, and I feel as though the skin has healed a lot. I hesitate to attempt to try not putting the cream on to see if I even need it anymore, but I may wait a while longer. By the way, I bought and cleaned out a small jar of baby food to put the cream in. Very handy to take on trips.
Other steps I have not tried include sitz baths, using natural clothing detergent, and putting on clean underwear regularly. For women, I have read that you should rule out a yeast infection.
Let me and others know if you had any success with this advice, and if you have any advice of your own please write it here! Thanks and good luck!!
i salute your spirit of help.i am in faar away india and came across this site accidentally. it feels so nice to have nice humans all over the place here.i have much minor problem...every few months just near the outer end of the anus just inside from the uter end...i have this small eruption like thing which makes passing stool bit painful. very seldom it bleeds. but i have applied a cream which advertises as cure for general skin infections...... let me see the composition..1% boric acid,3% zinc oxide,anhydrous lanolin and white petroleum jelly w/w based cream...it works very well....but what i want to know is what is it i suffer from???
Before I really started changing my hygiene habits and tried making the cream, I had itching for about 2 or 3 months. It began getting worse, which is why I took action. I can't believe it when I read that some people have it for years! I can only imagine how much it would affect one's life to have it that long. It is SO annoying! It takes over your life.
After I wrote this piece, I continued application until the tiny jar ran out (about a month), and I have never needed it again. My hemorrhoids are also not bothering me at all, but I also have been eating better and better, so my BM's are much easier.
I suffered from anal itch/swamp ***/monkey butt for years. I heard about analitchcure.com from a buddy and have no symtoms (symptoms). Total relief for about 20 bucks. I wish I had found out about it years ago.
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