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Anal Itching (cont.)

Home Remedies for Anal Itching

Try not to irritate the skin even more by scrubbing the area with soap. This will only cause more irritation and itching. Gentle cleaning with water helps the area heal.

Other home therapies include the following:

  • Change to a plain, soft, unscented toilet paper.
  • If toilet paper feels too abrasive, try cleaning with unscented baby wipes or cotton moistened with mineral oil. Dry with cotton afterward to remove any moisture. Many times, baby wipes can exacerbate anal itching if used long-term.
  • Wear loose-fitting cotton underwear that allows sweat to evaporate. Do not wear panty hose.
  • Over-the-counter medicines such as creams containing hydrocortisone or zinc oxide can provide some relief; however, apply sparingly and notify your health care practitioner prior to using them.
  • Avoid food irritants and eat a high-fiber diet.

Medications to Treat Anal Itching

Most causes of anal itching can be readily treated.

  • Hydrocortisone cream (1%) applied locally for no more than two weeks (to avoid skin damage).
  • Pinworms and bacterial infections are treated with prescription anti-parasitic pills.
  • Yeast infections and many rashes improve with creams.
  • Skin lesions such as warts or hemorrhoids are removed with minor surgical procedures.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/3/2015
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