As we get older bacteria and yeast infections seems to take an increasing hold on our bodies. One of the most unpleasant cases for many adults is prunitus ani, which is literally itchy anus. An itchy anus can be caused by several factors, including bacterial infection, yeast/fungal infection or piles (haemorrhoids).

Treatment is threefold:

  1. Stay as clean as possible – ideally wash after every bowel movement
  2. Keep as dry as possible – always ensure you are properly dry before dressing
  3. Apply cream thinly to the affected area

Creams for Itchy Anus

Although it is impossible to be sure the cause of itchiness without a medical inspection, there are a few creams that can help alleviate the condition. It is also worth mentioning that some creams can severely irritate the problem, such as Sudocrem. Also talc can cause irritation, as can some shower gels and bath soaps.

Anusol

Anusol is a popular treatment for piles. The Anusol range provides effective, soothing relief from the pain and discomfort associated with haemorrhoids (piles), itching, fissures and other related anal conditions. Anusol contains ingredients that soothe and protect raw areas, help reduce swelling, prevent bacterial growth and can promote healing.

Really the first course of action should be Anusol, as in many cases it controls the problem, and often cures it completely. Failing self treatment of Anusol, you should really see a doctor for a professional opinion.


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Germoloids

Germoloids cream contain a local anaesthetic, which makes them one of the fastest and most effective treatments for the symptoms of haemorrhoids and anal itching. However, they do not always get to the root of the problem.

How to Avoid

If the above methods do not cure you, then you should see a doctor as soon as possible. The problem with itchy anus is that scratching makes it much worse, and a small problem can quickly become unbearable without some treatment. Keys to avoiding the problem are: stay clean, avoid too much soap, stay dry and apply soothing relief to reduce the temptation to scratch.

This page was written by , principal author and editor of Medimise.