Anal Itching, also known as an itchy bottom, can be uncomfortable or even painful.

Anal Itching Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

Anal itching, medically known as pruritus ani, is persistent itchiness of the buttocks and anus. There are several possible causes of this condition, and the treatment also varies depending on the identified cause.


You may speak to our Mobidoctor physicians for an assessment and diagnosis of your anal itching. They can pinpoint the causes, diagnose you properly, and give you treatment options through an online video consultation. You don’t have to silently suffer from a persistently itchy bottom because help and treatment is a matter of minutes away with Mobidoctor.

Causes of Anal Itching

Typical causes of anal itching may include the following conditions.


Haemorrhoids/Piles – These are blood vessels in the anus that got swollen due to excessive pressure on your buttocks. Straining while you move your stools can exacerbate the condition.


Bacterial or fungal infections – Bacteria that naturally live in the buttocks and perineal area can grow out of hand at times. This can especially happen if you suffer from incontinence or diarrhoea bouts. Meanwhile, fungal infection can occur if the buttocks area is always unclean and moist. Improper hygiene contributes to both bacterial and fungal growths.


Other skin conditions – Psoriasis and eczema both can affect the skin on your buttocks, making them dry and itchy.


Treating anal itching

Itchy bums typically stop after a few days. However, if it persists for more than a week or so, see your doctor for an assessment and diagnosis.

Your physician will conduct a visual assessment of the skin on your bum to look for possible causes on the itchiness. Inform him of any medications you took or currently take, as well as accompanying symptoms you’ve experienced.


Treatment plans are often designed to help you get rid of itchy bums without medications. The usual focus is on improving hygiene on your buttocks and perineal area. Soaking in warm sitz baths is also advised for the relief of piles/haoemorrhoids. But existing skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis will need medicated creams or lotions to help soothe the itchiness in the area.

Speak to a doctor about anal itching

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