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05:11, 01/04/2021

Let"s not be coy here: Everyone has a butthole—& sometimes, buttholes get itchy.

But before digging into lớn why your butthole gets itchy, let"s clarify one thing: I"m talking about your itchy anus in particular—not your entire butt. (It"s kind of an important distinction, says WH advisor Samantha Nazareth, MD, a gastroenterologist who practices in Thủ đô New York City.)

The irritation—technically known as pruritus ani, per the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)—can occur inside the anus or the perianal area, which is essentially the skin surrounding the anal opening.

If you are experiencing anal itching, it"s pertinent that you don"t scratch yourself silly. While there"s nothing wrong with scratching an axinh tươi itch, such as a bug bite, constant or "chronic" scratching can feed into what pros Gọi the "itch-scratch" cycle.


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This causes more skin inflammation and thus worse itch, says Brian Klặng, MD, co-director of the Center for the Study of Itch at Washington University School of Medicine. If you *must* scratch, be as gentle as possible và try to keep it to lớn a minimum, says Dr. Kyên.

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Okay, but why is my butthole so itchy? The discomfort can happen due to lớn a range of issues—& the key lớn eliminating anal itching is figuring out the underlying cause. (Keep calm, it"s usually not a big deal.) Read on to lớn get khổng lồ the bottom of your, err, bottom issues—và lớn find relief from anal itching both in the short term and long term.

1. You"re wiping all wrong.

Dr. Nazareth always asks her patients about their bathroom hygiene habits. Are you an aggressive sầu wiper? Do you not feel clean unless you use wet wipes? "Too many of us are wiping ourselves to lớn death with nhà vệ sinh paper & then using wet wipes afterward," says Dr. Nazareth. Those practices are bound lớn cause irritation or even anal fissures (tiny cuts or tears). Your skin is super sensitive sầu down there.


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On the flip side, you might not be wiping enough—leftover poop in the anal area, along with extra moisture, is also a recipe for irritation, says Dr. Nazareth.

The happy medium? "Ideally, if you’re at home, the best way is going into the tub or using a shower head to lớn clean the area with the force of the water. No soap needed. Then pat dry the area. It"s the best way short of using a bidet," says Dr. Nazareth. If you"re out and about at a friend"s house, say, và not in a stall, when nature calls, she recommends using a little warm water on the TPhường and going for the pat-dry afterward.

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2. You"re fixated on having "good" hygiene.

Hey, I get it, we all can be a little Monica Geller-y at times. But obsessively cleaning your nether regions until they practically sparkle is not a good idea. In fact, it"s a fairly common culprit of an itchy butt, according to lớn Dr. Kim.


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Using things like topical alcohol swabs, wet wipes, scented soaps, and even a natural skin cleanser like witch hazel to lớn keep the perianal area clean or lớn treat the already-present itchiness can cause irritation và even an allergic liên hệ dermatitis, which is a developed hypersensitivity lớn an allerren, Dr. Kyên explains. "This can further aggravate the itch because now you have two problems," Dr. Kyên says. Uh oh.

Bottom (sorry, had to) line here? Don"t be overly concerned with perfect hygiene—meaning skip the wet wipes, which contain chemicals that can cause allergic reactions, và using harsh or scented soaps, Dr. Kyên ổn says. And when it comes lớn shower time, Dr. Kim recommends simply using gentle soaps like unscented Dove sầu soap or a Vanicream cleansing bar.

3. You have hemorrhoids.

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Hemorrhoids are inflamed, swollen veins around your anus or in your lower rectum, according khổng lồ the National Institute of Diabetes và Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Typically, external hemorrhoids—ones that form under the skin và around the anus—are the cause for itching.


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