Symptoms and Causes of an Itchy Buttocks

Updated on December 7, 2017
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Kitty is a registered nurse. She uses what she has learned on the job to inspire and encourage others to take control of their health.


Having an itchy buttocks is a pretty common skin condition. Last month alone, 8,100 people googled those two words. If you're reading this article, don't be ashamed ... there many others out there like you who are curious about this unpleasant sensation.

You may be thinking, why me? Why must I suffer from this odd condition? Well, there are various reasons, most of which are no big deal.

Let's learn about the different symptoms and causes and how we can relieve a bad case.

1. Hemorrhoids

Probably one of the most common causes is hemorrhoids. These are little blood vessels in the anal canal that aid bowel movements, but when a person strains too much during their time on the toilet, they can become inflamed, sometimes sticking out of the anus.

Hemorrhoids can be painful, and can also cause an itching sensation. They are especially common in women who have just given birth and men who do a lot of heavy lifting.

The best treatment for hemorrhoids includes using Preparation H or Tucks pads, taking Sitz baths, drinking lots of hydrating fluids, and trying your best not to strain during a bowel movement. If your hemorrhoids stay the same or worsen after trying these treatments, see your doctor for further medical advice.

2. Not Wiping After a Bowel Movement

Neglecting to wipe after a bowel movement is also a common cause of an itchy buttocks. It's gross, but true! By not wiping after going to the bathroom, irritants from the leftover matter can cause the annoying sensation.

The best way to prevent this from happening is to wipe every time you make a bowel movement. If you feel as though toilet paper doesn't do the trick, purchase a pack of wipes for sensitive skin and use those after every bowel movement.

3. Pinworms

Another scarier cause of an itchy buttocks is pinworms. These are usually brought into the house by a child who plays in the dirt and doesn't wash their hands. These creatures cause discomfort and itchiness, especially at night. If the sensation gets worse at night, and someone else in your family is scratching too, your household has most likely been infested by pinworms.

There are over-the-counter medications that will kill pinworms, but it is probably best to see a doctor.

4. Abundance of Candida

Another cause could be an abundance of a fungus known as candida in your system. This fungus is usually found in a healthy person's gut, but is kept in check by good bacteria. Unfortunately, using antibiotics and eating processed foods can allow candida to take over your digestive system.

But how does candida cause an itchy buttocks? Well, what goes in must come out. The best way to get your candida levels under control is to start eating natural foods and taking a probiotic every day.

5. Chlamydia

The last cause could be due to a sexually transmitted disease called Chlamydia. This is the most common STD. If you've recently had unprotected sex, you might have been exposed to the disease. It can spread from the genitals to the anus, causing an itchy behind. Luckily, Chlamydia is an STD that can be cured. If you fear that you have contracted Chlamydia, visit your doctor immediately, who can provide you with an antibiotic that will clear up the infection.

To prevent contracting Chlamydia, always use protection when having sex.

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2011 Kitty Fields


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