Imagine you are in the middle of an important meeting. Or on a date. Suddenly you feel the urgent need to itch down there. What are you going to do? You can neither comply with your body's command nor can you ignore the horrible itch.
Anal itching is the intense sensation of itching that is usually experienced around the anal area. It may or may not be followed by bleeding. It is a minor issue at most times and will go away on its own.
Anal itching can be due to many reasons:
1) Tight clothing.
2) Excess moisture.
3) Sitting down for long hours.
4) Severe constipation.
5) Dry skin due to ageing.
6) Use of scented products.
7) Using coloured toilet paper.
The effective treatment lies in identifying the cause of the problem. You must try to understand what exactly is causing the itching. Rectify the issue and the itching should probably go away.
Here are a few natural remedies to help you get rid of anal itching:
1) Petroleum Jelly
It is the most common remedy to get rid of anal itching. Itching is mostly caused due to dry skin. Applying petroleum jelly will moisturize the area and relieve you from it.
Buttermilk is cooling to the body. Apply some thick buttermilk to the itchy area and you will instantly feel the difference. The urge to itch significantly reduces. Repeat the procedure 4-5 times a day.
3) Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is another soothing herb that will calm the irritated skin. Rub some freshly extracted aloe vera pulp on the affected area and rub it till it is absorbed. Repeat this every 4-5 hours for it to work effectively.
4) Coconut Oil
It has natural anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties which will eliminate infections if any and soothe the itching. Apply extra virgin coconut oil on the affected area 5-6 times a day. You can also consume coconut oil every day for it to work internally.
5) Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is known to reduce inflammation and fight infections. Apply a few drops of tea tree oil on the affected area twice a day to reduce itchiness.
6) Mineral Oil
Mineral oil is also very effective in relieving itchiness. It is also extremely mild and will not aggravate the condition. Apply a few drops of mineral oil on the affected area and repeat 3-4 times a day.
7) Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is known to treat various skin disorders and is excellent for itchiness. Dilute 1-2 cups of Epsom salt into the bath water and take bath. Do it regularly for at least 2-3 times a week.
Licorice is mentioned in Ayurveda to treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Slightly roast the licorice and grind it into a fine powder. Mix it with 1 teaspoon of honey in a glass of water and drink it daily at least once.
Other Ways To Prevent Anal Itching
- Use of scented soap or any other cream near the rectal area has to be avoided.
-Avoiding junk foods and drinks like coffee and aerated drinks will help. These cause constipation, which may be a reason for the anal itching.
-Avoid spicy foods as it is known to cause anal itching.
-Avoid keeping the area damp. Wiping it with a soft cloth will keep it dry and avoid itchiness.
-Do not sit for a prolonged time. Sitting for long time will trap moisture and cause itchiness.
-Same goes for tight clothes. Wear loose clothes in breathable fabric like cotton.