Have you a bad case of genital itching? Is the itch so demanding that you find yourself having to scratch regardless of where you are at the time, or who you are with! Not only is this embarrassing if there’s nowhere to hide to relieve the itch, but very much a blushing moment for those looking on.

Bum rash and itch and even genital smell will all have a reason why they are happening, and therefore their cause needs to be found out before the correct treatment and medications are advised.

Fearing the worst and jumping to conclusions about why the itch has occurred thinking it’s bad can cause you to sweat, which is a primary reason for itch. It takes nothing more than water to sort out sweat, but if an infection is responsible then I’m afraid no amount of water will cure it.

Persistent anal itch is a typical symptom of pruritus ani. Even though itch can occur any time, it’s more known to spark off and cause havoc late of the night, and, after using the toilet for a number two (poo). Because the skin of the perirectal area is open to irritating digestive products contained in passing stools, rash and itchiness are likely.

Not everyone who scratches the genitals has a disease. For instance look at heat and certain materials, poor hygiene and even anxiety which are all known for causing irritation. Other things to look towards if anal itching is present are haemorrhoids and threadworms.


Lotrimin cream mixed with Hydrocortisone 1% cream is a dependable effective cream. Vaseline, although not everyone’s choice, and not always stopping itch either, does help prevent the skin from rubbing. Opt for cold water to soothe sore skin, irritation and inflammation.

Haemorrhoids we have it that these happen when veins in the back passage swell. This occurs when blood flow slows or veins become blocked. If of a good size the haemorrhoids may be felt outside the back passage as soft lumps. Bright red blood from the back passage is typical. Lump in the anus is known. Feeling the bowels haven’t emptied completely (large haemorrhoids).

Most rectal bleeding is down to haemorrhoids and although they are not considered dangerous, it’s still something that needs investigating due to haemorrhoid symptoms (passing blood and lumps) being similar to some serious diseases. Blood from the bottom is not a much-recognized symptom of pruritus ani as it is with haemorrhoids. If pruritus ani has been diagnosed and blood is present around the rectum it is probably coming from a tear in the skin.

The smearing of bright red blood on toilet tissue, or in the toilet bowl or on the outer of stools, is a possible sign of internal haemorrhoids. Generally, they are small swollen veins in the wall of the anal canal but can be big sagging veins that bulge out of the anus. External haemorrhoids normally clot under the skin causing a hard lump that’s painful to touch, and even more painful to sit on.

Help prevent haemorrhoids:

Empty the bowel as soon as you get the urge to pass a stool
Refrain from straining on the toilet
Drink plenty of water
Exercise will prevent constipation which gives reason to strain
Eat a diet high in fibre to keep stools soft

If ever in doubt and you’re concerned… get it checked out.

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