Butt itching is a common condition that may be a symptom of another disease. It’s usually intense and may come with the urge to scratch, making it embarrassing and uncomfortable. Failure to control the urge to scratch may cause the skin to break, causing further irritation when in contact with moisture. Signs of an itchy butt are soreness, redness, burning, swelling, and rashes.
Consider seeing a doctor if your butt itching becomes more severe or persistent, and you experience anal bleeding or stool leakage. You may also seek medical attention if the anal area seems affected or you're unable to determine the cause of the itchiness. Here are the reasons why you might have an itchy butt.
- Aggressive wiping
Since the skin around the anus is soft and sensitive, wiping it too hard with dry toilet paper may cause anal itching. Some toilet paper is rough, and others easily crumble, causing the trappings of some tiny bits in the anal skin, which can be irritating. Opting for flushable wipes can be a great idea as they're antibacterial, protect the skin, are not harmful, and help keep you clean and fresh.
- Hygiene issues
In most cases, butt itchiness can result from how well you wipe yourself after a bowel movement — poor wiping leaves behind fecal matter and moisture, which can cause irritation and itching. If a dry toilet paper is doing enough, consider using unscented toilet paper and moisten it with warm water.
- Skin conditions
Chronic skin diseases like eczema or psoriasis may cause itching and inflammation anywhere on the body, even the butt. Psoriasis causes itchy red patches and silvery, flaky scales to develop on your skin. While eczema can be treated using steroids and other anti-itch creams and ointments, psoriasis can only be managed and not cured. Lichen sclerosis is another skin condition that causes anal irritation, especially in women.
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
Your butt can potentially itch from sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea, herpes, and chlamydia. These infections are common in people who engage in anal sex without protection. When you contract these STDs, inflammation around your rectal area occurs, triggering itching. With herpes, you may experience warts, causing further irritation and burning. Seeking medical attention can help cure itchiness.
- Fungal infections
Humans have fungus living on their skin, but they mostly thrive in warm, moist, airless areas like in your undergarments. Although your body adeptly fights such invaders, being overstressed and overly sweaty may cause fungus to linger, leading to itchiness and inflammation. Seeking medical help can get you treated with an oral anti-fungal or topical medication. You may also consider wearing breathable cotton underwear that isn’t too tight.
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your rectum or anus, and they can burn or itch. They may be caused by pressure during pregnancy and straining during bowel movements. Sitting in a sitz bath for a few minutes every day may help. You can also consider taking a lot of water daily and adding more fiber to your diet to soften your stool. If you experience pain during a bowel movement or notice blood, seek medical attention.
Butt itching can be irritating and embarrassing, and if after modifying your hygiene and observing other measures it persists, see a doctor. This helps eliminate the possibility of a more severe health issue.