Asked for male, 19 years old from Hyderabad
Anal itching is a common condition. The itch, situated in or around your anus, is often intense and may be accompanied by a strong urge to scratch. You may find anal itching to be embarrassing and uncomfortable.
Also called pruritus ani (proo-rie-tus a-nie), anal itching has many possible causes, such as skin problems, hemorrhoids, and washing too much or not enough.
Prevention of anal itching mainly involves a careful washing routine that keeps the area clean, cool and dry, while avoiding further irritating the skin.
If you already have anal itching, try these self-care measures: you get better relief cleanse gently. clean the area around the anus with plain water or mild soap and a soft (nonterry) washcloth once daily. Avoid scrubbing. Pat dry or use a hair dryer set on low.
If you have fecal incontinence or diarrhea, clean the area around the anus with moist cotton balls or a squirt bottle of plain water. It may also help to apply a moistened or dry cotton ball to the outside of the anus.
Don't scratch. scratching further irritates your skin. You may find some relief by applying a moist, room-temperature compress to the area or taking a lukewarm oatmeal bath. Trim your nails short and wear cotton gloves while you're sleeping to help prevent scratching.
Wear white cotton underwear that don't bind. this helps keep the area dry. Avoid wearing pantyhose and other tightfitting garments because these can trap moisture
avoid irritants. avoid bubble baths, genital deodorants, harsh or perfumed soaps, and moist wipes. Use white, unscented toilet paper.
Change your diet. cut back on or avoid coffee, cola, alcohol, citrus fruits, chocolate, spicy foods, tomatoes and foods that may cause diarrhea. Avoid overuse of laxatives.
Apply ointments or gels. protect the affected skin from moisture by applying a thin layer of a zinc oxide ointment (desitin, balmex) or petroleum jelly veseline maintain regular, firm bowel movements. if soft stools or frequent bowel movements are a problem, gradually adding fiber to your diet may help.