Got uncomfortable itching downstairs? Conventional methods aren’t working? There are numerous home remedies for anal itching out there. We found 13 of them to be the most effective for anal itching!
But before learning about the remedies, it’s best to learn about your enemy before attacking it :).
What Is Anal Itching?
Anal itching or pruritus ani is a problem that affects both men and women and occurs at any age. It’s the irritation to itching or scratch around and near the anus that is a way for feces or bowel to come out.
Causes Of Anal Itching:
- Internal medical or skin issues.
- Food allergies.
- Anal fissures.
- Anal tumors.
- Fecal incontinence.
- Yeast infection.
- Sexually transmitted.
Symptoms Of Anal Itching:
- Itching in the anal area.
- Burning, dryness, redness, ulcers, soreness in & around the anal area.
You may find this problem to be uncomfortable and embarrassing.
Using Home Remedies for Anal Itching
You can treat anal itching at home with easy home remedies and simple lifestyle changes.
However, if the itching becomes persistent or unbearable, seek medical advice immediately.
1. Yogurt Remedy
Yogurt has the ability to treat yeast infection causing anal itching.
For optimum results, you need to use probiotic yogurt with good bacteria (live active cultures) because these bacteria can aid in controlling the growth of the infection.
For anal itching treatment, you must use unsweetened, plain probiotic yogurt only. Take some plain yogurt and rub it on your affected skin. Leave your application to remain for a minimum of 20 and 30 minutes. Afterward, use warm water to rinse it off and finally, dry the area.
Alternatively, you can also eat 2-3 cups of plain yogurt every day.
2. Use Epsom Salt
Generally, an Epsom salt bath has the power to treat skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema contributing to anal itching. Apart from that, it eliminates itching and burning sensations caused by anal itching. The method is:
Things you need:
- Epsom salt – 1 to 2 cups.
- Warm water.
Fill a bathtub with warm water and mix the Epsom salt in it. Afterward, soak in it for around 15-20 minutes and pat dry your skin. It’s advised to enjoy this soothing bath twice or thrice weekly. People with diabetes or kidney problems should avoid this remedy.
3. Increase Fiber Intake
Constipation is one of the main causes of anal itching. Anal itching will resolve automatically when the constipation is completely treated. Increasing fiber intake is a great way to treat constipation.
Fiber improves healthy digestion, softens stool and increases its bulk. Thus, you need to eat foods high in fiber such as beans, potatoes, brown rice, carrots, quinoa, prunes, buckwheat, green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, and peas.
Another option is taking fiber supplements. For the proper dosage, consult a doctor.
4. Licorice Remedy For Anal Itching
Licorice can assist in treating anal itching, according to Ayurveda. It can deal with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis that responsible for anal itching. Apart from that, it helps to lower itching, irritation, and redness caused by anal itching.
Things you need:
- Chebulic myrobalan.
- 1 tsp of honey.
- 1 glass of water.
The first step is mixing the above ingredients in equal amounts and slightly roasting this mixture. The next step is grinding them to make a fine powder. Then, mix ¼ tsp of this powder and 1 tsp of honey in 1 glass of water. Afterward, consume this mixture once every day. Alternatively, you can apply an OTC licorice cream on your affected area several times every day.
5. Avoid Food Allergens
During a bowel movement, certain food can lead to irritation, causing anal itching. Plus, there are also certain foods, which can increase inflammation and itchiness. Thus, choose foods wisely. Coffee, tea, chocolate, soda and alcoholic beverages are some of the foods, which can increase rectal itching. Avoid citrus fruits such as lemons, grapes and oranges and spicy foods such as peppers and jalapenos. It is advised to stay away from these foods for a minimum of two weeks and later reintroduce them into your regular diet gradually.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy
Apple cider vinegar can control yeast and fungal infections causing anal itching. Along with that, it helps to alkalize the body.
For this remedy, you can mix raw, unfiltered ACV (2 teaspoons) in 1 glass of water. Then, consume it two times every day.
You can also add ACV (1 cup) to a hot bath. Then, soak in this resultant bathwater for around 15-20 minutes.
Follow these instructions once each day. You should repeat these remedies for a couple of days until irritation and anal itching subside.
7. Garlic For Anal Itching
Garlic can aid in treating anal itching effectively. Particularly, it can fight off intestinal worms causing anal itching.
Moreover, its antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties help to deal with any kind of infection contributing to anal itching.
For this treatment, you take 2 crushed garlic cloves and boil them in a half cup of milk. Then, consume this concoction on an empty stomach for around a week.
You can also simply eat 2-3 raw garlic cloves on an empty stomach every day for about a week.
8. Use Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is used widely in many skin care products. Besides, this plant contains soothing and calming agents, which alleviate anal itching, inflammation and soreness. Moreover, it can decrease the irritation of hemorrhoids causing anal itching.
Things you need:
- A fresh aloe vera leaf.
Take the aloe vera leaf and cut it open. Then, extract its gel and start rubbing in around and in the anus for five minutes. You should reapply this gel every few hours to remove the soreness and itching.
9. Oatmeal Remedy
Oatmeal can be used to combat any itchy anus. It’s is useful for healing irritated, itchy and inflamed skin because it comes with anti-irritating, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Things you need:
- Unprocessed oat flour or colloidal oatmeal – 1 to 2 cups.
- Lukewarm water.
Fill a bathtub with lukewarm water and mix the unprocessed oat flour or colloidal oatmeal in this bathtub. Thereafter, soak in this resultant water for around 15-20 minutes. It’s advisable to take an oatmeal bath once or twice daily.
10. Use Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has the ability to soothe the skin. Being loaded with antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties, coconut oil can battle any infection contributing to anal itching. Apart from that, it helps to expel intestinal worms.
For this purpose, take 2-3 tbsp of extra-virgin coconut oil and consume it every day. You can use coconut oil for cooking.
Alternatively, take some coconut oil and rub it around and in the affected area a couple of times daily to eliminate itching and burning sensations.
11. Petroleum Jelly For Anal Itching
Petroleum jelly can relieve anal itching effectively. It’ll form a lubricated layer in the anal area, which lowers the irritation and friction. Furthermore, it relieves the burning sensation caused due to anal itching.
For this remedy, take some petroleum jelly and apply it to your affected area two times daily. This will give you fast relief from anal itching.
12. Ghee Remedy
Being loaded with powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial abilities, ghee aids in soothing the irritated membranes. Apart from that, these properties help to decrease the swelling in the inflamed blood vessels and treat any infection causing anal itching.
Things you need:
- 1 tsp of ghee.
- A mild soap.
- Clean water.
At first, warm 1 tsp of ghee slightly and next, rub this warm ghee around and in your anus using your index finger. Follow this process for several minutes.
After rubbing the ghee, remember to use a mild soap & clean water to rinse your hands thoroughly. This remedy should be used every several hours to treat the itching.
13. Use Psyllium Husks
Generally, psyllium husks area able to treat constipation causing anal itching. Apart from that, it cleanses the bowel and eliminates all the harmful bacteria that cause the solid stool, thereby preventing the feeling of itching in the anus.
Things you need:
- 1 tbsp of psyllium husks
- A glass of hot milk
Mix the two ingredients together and consume this mixture regularly to prevent the anal itching and treat constipation.
Now that you know various effective home remedies for anal itching, you can select one or more and follow them regularly to get rid of this problem fast and naturally.
About the Guest Contributor:
This guest post is by Mai Cao, a blogger with many years of experience on searching the best natural home remedies for beauty and health issues.