I've been experiencing quite severe anal itch for the past couple of months or so. I only really feel it while I walk, but the problem is that my job requires me to walk quite a distance on a day-to-day basis. I have tried A&D ointment and it helps, but not completely. I've noticed that after using the bathroom I have to wipe numerous times to remove all fecal matter. Itching is also extremely severe after using the toilet paper at my place of work. HELP! This condition is embarrassing and is making my life miserable. What can I do?
More than likely, you just have irritation, a common complaint in the anal area. This can't really be stopped forever, but you make it much more tolerable if you wipe yourself gently, moisturize regularly and use 1% hydrocortisone ointment twice a day when the problem gets severe. You should have a doctor take a look, just to be sure that you don't have a yeast infection or something else.
I've had an anal itch for around 34 years. Hydrocortisone was the most common treatment from a variety of doctors. It eventually got to the point that I couldn't walk. I was referred to a surgeon who advised me to wash gently after every bowel movement, pat dry and apply zinc and castor oil cream (normally used for nappy/diaper rash!). This controls the itch for about 3-4 hours before I need to re-apply. I keep hoping that someone will come up with a permanent cure but I expect that I will go to the grave with it :-( After reading that prolonged use of hydrocortisone causes the skin to thin I've tried to avoid using the stuff only using it if the itch gets really bad. Sometimes I get a yeast infection as well just to complicate things.
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