itchy ass crack

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Shecky asks:

For the last two months, my ass has been itching like crazy. I eat a lot of fiber in the form of Metamucil and whole wheat bread, so my turds are generally of a good consistency. I don't have hemmorhoids, and I would like to think that I don't have a parasite, but my ass still itches. It's not the o-ring that itches, but rather the area around it. It's almost like I have jock itch of the ass -- is that possible? I exercise a good bit, so it does get sweaty down there. Please help me, Poonurse!

Dear Schecky,

First, you know that I am going to tell you to get it checked out by a competent medical professional, right? It could be just an irritation, or it could be something as disgusting as pinworms or something. So see a doctor.

You COULD briefly try washing with a mild soap such as Ivory, letting the area dry well, wearing loose cotton underpants, not using premoistened wipes, and applying 1% hydrocortisone cream SPARINGLY to the itchy area twice a day. If these suggestions don't help within ten days or so, show your itching ass to a doctor.

Please be advised that I am only a Poonurse. I am NOT a medical doctor. Any advice I give should be taken moderate skepticism. Please consult a REAL medical doctor if you feel you have a serious medical condition.

-- Poonurse

Poonurse is an RN with 25 years experience in labor and delivery. Her qualifications include seeing a lot of poop, and owning a computer. Also, she works in Michigan, which she calls the asshole of the universe, so that's another bit of credibility.

Got a question for her?

1001 Comments on "itchy ass crack"

PooperGal's picture

I remember when I got itchy ass crack as a little kid, it was always due to not wiping well enough. My parents would clean then swab my ass crack with Vaseline and the itching stopped right away.

Pinworms. Euwy. My understanding of PW, is that They Only Come Out At Night. The Shit Volcano mentioned it in another poop thread... the females come out of the rectum to dance around the entrance butthole at night (actually, they go there to lay eggs).

So, if one's butt crack itches by day, I'm guessing it's not PW, but irritation from either poop or sweat (you mention working out and sweating) that trickled down between the cheeks.

I wonder about jock itch. It's possible. The crack is dark, moist and all that stuff. Maybe swab a little antifungal ointment in your butt crack and see if you get results within a few days.

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

Do you have a cat or dog? Sometimes my crack itches when pet hair somehow falls in there.

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

PooperGal's picture

Um...I don't want to know how pet hair gets into a person's butt crack... LOL
I'm guessing it has to do with sitting nekkid on a couch where the pet has been sleeping. Right? :)

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

It think it gets in there because of the way I do laundry. All my dirty clothes are in one pile. All the clothes that have been worn but don't stink lay in another pile and my clean clothes are in a third. The cats and dogs like to sleep on the piles. That's the only way I can figure it gets in there. That, and they sleep on my bed. (No, I don't mean like THAT!!!) Their hair is everywhere in this house! I even have to watch my food sometimes.

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

PooperGal's picture

I can relate. We always had dogs and cats when I was growing up, and their fur was on everything.

Does it help to use "Bounce" or one of the other fabric softener/anti-static sheets in the dryer when you do laundry?

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

Not really. I mean, it works in the dryer. Then I pull it out again and the cats and dogs get it all hairy again in like three seconds. I don't see the point of using it.
Oh, well. I love my four-footed kids so I just live with the hair.

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

pooQueen's picture

I had an itchy bung once right after i had surgery under general anesthesia...the dr. told me it was probably from the drugs being flushed out of my body...I didn't believe him but it went away within a few days without treatment. So there.

Slim Jim Junkie's picture

How much spice do you get?
Also, make sure you use enough TP, and if that isn't enough, use the shower more often.

fungus gus's picture

try a vibrator, coated with lard; then pray; lord, i deserve this itching ass, cause i sinned. gus

sara's picture

Ya know, they have those butt wipes you can buy at the store. They're kinda like baby wipes, but for adults. You can even buy the dispenser to place it above your toliet paper roll. I thought it was pretty cool. No more yucky toliet paper bits left over in my butt.

Caden Williams's picture

My asshole itches but not on the outside. Its itches right up just inside the asshole. I get some relief if I shove my pinky up there and wiggle it around. I craped in my hand and looked for worms but couldn't find any. Are worms visible or do you have to use a microscope. I recently ate a hamburger that looked rare.

Homver's picture

My ass itches for many years now. Around 10 years ago, I scratched it so hard, that I couldn't even poo properly anylonger. I am not joking. I am wondering since about 10 years what is goin on with me, I definitely have no worms, I am clean and use these wet tissues, and I do not get too much spice and stuff like this. Sometimes I scratch my ass at night when I am sleeping, without even realizing it. This comes with some down sides, since I scratch too hard sometimes, just like if you'd scratch another itchy part of your body or a mosquito bite without stopping :/

just some info's picture

Causes of anal itching
Washing too much or not enough. Poor hygiene can be responsible for anal itching, but so can excessive cleaning, especially if you use harsh soaps or a brush.

Leakage of faeces can lead to itching around the anus. Look at the section on faecal incontinence for more information.

Pre-moistened toilet tissues (wipes), bought from chemists and supermarkets, can sometimes cause anal itching. The reason is probably perfume, alcohol or a preservative in the wipes.

Sensitivities and allergies to other chemicals, such as bubble baths and perfumed soaps, may be responsible.

Ointments and creams are notorious causes of anal itching. If you have itching, it is a natural reaction to buy an anaesthetic gel for the anal area. Most of these are labelled

butt in distress's picture

i have an irritated butt crack. it itchess like crazy and i have tried creams but they don't help that good, i know i don't have pw or anything like that i wipe very well and i am clean. i don't exsesively clean but i do a good job. the itching is more like a rash that after itching it seems to spread and causes small bumps kinda like little tiny pimples but nothing bad. my skin is raw there and the itching causes the "rash" to leak something sometimes it bleeds a little. Its not near or around my anus at all it is just in the crack starting right under my butt bone. i don't know what to do please poo doctor can you help me.

cdog's picture

My ass just started itching the other day. its just the anus, and it itches, some times it goes away, then it comes back, could using Old SPice Endurance body wash be causing it? or wut else wud do it

msjuliet07's picture

i have bumps on my butt, mostly in my crack but around my hole also. they hurt, and the bumps on the outside of my crack itch. when i take a poop, it hurts, and it bleeds. not a lot of bleeding but a little. also, in my stools, there is green slimy stuff that attaches to my poop. it looks like snot. i'm confused as to what this might be?

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yuppy's picture

My butthole has recently been itching me on and off during the day, i just took a crap, and my poop had all kind of food in it and when i wiped i could see traces of nuts(cashews) i was eating and soft poo. So is it true?

anonymous butt itcher's picture

About two years ago I was hit with a variety of symptoms all at the same time. My girlfriend had some bacteria problem in her that spread to me. My dick was gross looking with red scabby patches for a while. Finally when she got healed I got better and we figured out what it was all about. Right after that though I started having an itching anus, I was treated for pin worms no luck.

I even ended up having a colonoscopy because a doctor thought i might have colitus. No luck I didn't have colitus. I was checked for hepititus, and treated for IBS, because for a while i was having really soft shits, and i had never had that before in my life. Oh also I was treated for hemmaroids which i didn't have and the doctor knew it.

Long story short I never got rid of the itching its been about 2 years. I did figure out how to stop it. After I take a shit I take a shower immediatly and wash the area. If i cant get to a shower i get a thing of toilet paper and wet it and wipe my ass down with that. This system works pretty well. However my ass gets dried out from washing it so well and sometimes it feels like ive got sandpaper in my pants and it hurts to walk and sit down. As a matter of fact it nearly always feels this way, I try not to think about it. My balls feel really rough and dry as well and they rub against my legs in a really annoying manner. If I go running my legs chaffe and they never used to do that, and I'm not over weight at all. Could there be some fungus or something living on my legs making me uncomfortable? I don't know if you can help me I will be seriously in debt to you for life. I'll give you a 100 dollars I swear to god.

I have a lot of anxiety as well. When I go to the doctors I nearly always have a panic attack. So as mentioned earlier i think I am making everything worse and its in my head mostly but thats who i am and i cant ignore it. Im pretty young and ive always had atrocious blood pressure, so making it better even though half of it is in my head is important to me.

Thanks, anonymous butt itcher.

meggie's picture

well i cant say i have had to go to see the doctor for the same reasons as you but i did have to go and show him a very private area and i was 15 at the time and i felt really embarrassed about it but my friend told me to imagine that the doctor was naked or to imagine he was really sexy and i wanted to show him my fanny! i went to the doctors, shut my eyes, imagined the doctor was really hot and then he looked and everything was totally humiliation free!!

If this doesnt work for you i am sorry but it worked for me!!
Hope you get better soon

Ass licker's picture

I Know what you mean. I had PW while my boyfriend was bumming me. Suddenly, he started screaming and I found that my worms had come out through my ass hole and had wrapped themselves around his penis. It took 10 minutes to remove them. Those little buggers are like leaches. Anyway, I just like to say that an itchy ass hole is nothing to be ashamed of and if anything, you should be proud and able to parade it in public with extreme maturity. No joke.

Dick Burns's picture

I had those same worms come out of my ass. I loved it!

anonymous itchy ass bastard's picture

For the past few years I've had some serious problems that I could not figure out. I had an asscrack that would seemingly dry out every so often and split above and below the anus. not fun. Then it would heal up for a while and a few weeks later the cycle would repeat. My asshole got to the point where it would itch intensely, I seem to remember noticing the intense itching when I would lay down at night...
So time passed on and I started to notice this red area under my was very red...seemed moist (i usually hang a lil to the left so its the area that gets the least air) and was midly itchy.
So I went to my gp, he gave me some lamisil 1% HC cream...I started treating the area...within a few days it was looking much better....I then started getting some other red areas around my genital area. I had a patch form on my was red, no real border but the entire area looked shiny and sort of scaled over. So for the next few months I applied a generous helping of the lamisil cream all over my nuts + asshole. The itchy ass went longer did i have a bright red ass with red lines up the crack. All the patches on my nuts and shaft went away. So I thought it was done, but nope some of the areas came back and in about 2 weeks I had more red and an itchy anus again.
Back to the gps, This time I get 3 diflucan pills and straight lamisil. I took the 3 pills 3 consecutive days and used the lamisil for 3 weeks straight. No problems for 2-3 weeks since, but now it looks like its coming back again :(
I'm gonna head down to see my gp and get a scraping done as soon as i can.
I dont know if this might be related or not but I have a history of stomach problems... my shit is usually softer than harder, fairly moist. I've also found out that there might be a chance I have celiac disease too...(my mother has had thyroid/low energy problems and skin problems forever).

Jayson's picture

I figured out how to get rid of PW or whatever the hell was itching my asshole at night or sometimes after a shit. Get rubbing alcohol. As soon as your ass starts to itch, drench a cotton ball with the alcohol, pull your pants down, spread your cheeks and your actual asshole and stick that cottonball in there. It will burn like bloody hell for about a solid minute, but it killed whatever the hell was itching me there. I only had to do it like 3 times. Now it doesn't itch anymore, thank Christ. Rubbing alcohol kills almost anything man.

Jayson's picture

I figured out how to get rid of PW or whatever the hell was itching my asshole at night or sometimes after a shit. Get rubbing alcohol. As soon as your ass starts to itch, drench a cotton ball with the alcohol, pull your pants down, spread your cheeks and your actual asshole and stick that cottonball in there. It will burn like bloody hell for a solid minute, but it killed whatever the hell was itching me there. I only had to do it like 3 times. Now it doesn't itch anymore, thank Christ. Rubbing alcohol kills almost anything man.

Morgan's picture

I just found out I had pinworms, shit. This really sucks. I don't want to go to the doctor.

menthol satisfaction's picture

nothing soothes an itching ass (or other private parts) like vicks vapor rub. i swear it is the best thing ever.

DookieHouser's picture

gee why i do feel as if vicks on the asshole will not be soothing- - -an ass rush maybe

as for those worm stories/ some of you need to see a good veterinarian/sorry i mean shrink

Fart Poopie's picture
j 1000+ points

Ugh. People, if your butt hole itches and it's clean, go to a doctor. Make sure it's not a parasite and that you get something to stop the itch. We can't have people scratching their butts all the time, and I'm willing to bet some of the itchy-assed people don't wash their hands after they scratch. *shudder*
Go see a doctor.

Shity Ass's picture

I hate to shit!! It sucks!!Its so fuckin annoying!!

colonel gimp's picture

hi ya folks...
Here in london,England we also suffer from itchy arses...
but because we are so repressed,we just ignore it...
Only joking.....
the best treatment is Grapefruit Seed Extract,get it from a health food store...
mix about 6 droplets in a small glass of water,take 3 cotton buds,dip in the solution and wipe all around and inside rectal region..
just do not do it near a window....
Grapefruit Seed Extract,is amazing and natural and you can use it for many things....

Crazy Crack Coward's picture

Hey people,
Since 8 years ago I noticed my anus getting itchy. It wasn't so bad then, perhaps once every week or every 2 weeks. This went on for around 5 years. Then it started to itch a little more frequently. And now it just friggin' itches ALL THE TIME. It's the anus hole and the area around and for the past year the underside of the scrotum has too been itching. Sometimes the itching is so immense that it's unbearable. Due to a lot of scracthing, skin has started to peel around the anus which is making things worse. There is a little bump where the scrotum and anus join but I believe this has always been there. But it itches, hell! everything down there does. I went to the doctors and he said there were a few internal piles which he injected with a syringe. But things are just as bad if not worse! I do eat spicy food but also take in decent amount of fibre. However, when I'm on the shitter I do like to sit there for 10 minutes until everything has come out, sometimes forcefully (I know I shouldn't do this). There has been the occasional blood on the stools. Will this ever go away?!?!

I've got an appointment with the doctor where they're gonna stick one of those fibre optic cameras up my hole. That's gotta hurt.

But it's been going on for ages.. wonder if anyone has had the same problem?

One thing that worries me is the skin that has peeled off around the sides of the scrotum (on the legs). It itches everywhere and hurts a lot too.... boo hoo hoo... *sob sob*

Anonymous Coward's picture

I am 77yrs old. Have had a itching recturm For years tried everything nothing worked.The itching was so bad it would not let me sleep.I tried a women's tampon covered with vasilene.and the itching stoped.I now put one every day in my rectrum after i relieve my self and this let's the stool gather around it and nothing out of the ass to make any itching.If i don't do this and skip a day the itching is right back.This may sound crazy but it work's and it's worth a try for any one that has a itching ass

Exhausted Scratcher's picture

Im not sure what to say. I have always been to my dismay an excessive sweater. I hate it. Seems to be the torture of my life. When I was in my late teens early 20's taking a shit was so difficult. I literally thought I had hemroids, because my anus hurt when I shit or wiped afterwards. I assumed this becuase I strained ALOT when I was that age and read that it can cause hemroids. I didnt understand the importance of not doing that. When I found out hemroids can occur I immediately jumped to conclusions.

Years go by and no matter what I did my ass would sweat bigtime. Making of course, my anus smell. I cant figure out why or what is wrong with me. Is it bad that I sweat so much there? I try to keep it clean and stuff. The problem has progressed to where now in my early 30's my anus itches so much. When it itches I cant stand it and so I scratch non stop to relieve the irritation. Once I'm satisfied or cant go on any longer the pain and bleeding occur. I know I have done damage there, but I cant stop. I wish I didnt sweat so much there. Sweat seems to come out in rivers with me. Now I have noticed that after I scratch alot, my rectum and cheeks become swollen. When at work, in order to keep it from becoming an embarassing problem I put a paper towel in my crack to soak up the sweat. Very uncomfortable, but often worth it. I think the tampon idea on here is kinda soundin good. Anyways, one day after I got home from work I took the towel out to discard and noticed a slimy substance. Kinda like puss? I'm confused and kinda scared. What the hell is going on? I use baby wipes when I shit. Toilet paper dont do the trick. Is it all a side affect of the wipes? Now that I think about it, I didnt start having alot of these problems till I started using wipes. Perhaps I should just use a damp wash cloth? Anyone with any ideas I could sure use them. Is that lamicil worth a try? How about the tucks? How about the topical cream? Vasceline? Sure wish there was a way to stop the excessive sweating. I have no sex life thanks to this problem. Not gonna expose myself to that kind of embarassment. Thanks for your help folks.

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

I have been having an itchy asscrack since I got my carrot diarrhea. Recently I have started using a combination of Tucks and then Preparation H. The combination of the two seems to work. So does clipping the hair on my asscrack. (Yes, girls get hairy there too.)

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

Anonymous Coward's picture

my asshole itches.

I was cured's picture

My butt never itched until i read all these posts

homer simpson's picture

Don't shit in a nuclear power plant or eat radio active doughnuts.D'OH!

Shit out of luck!'s picture

I've tried frickin' everything and still I have the anus from hell!!!! It is friggin' blazing! I want to scratch it with a steel hairbrush. Cortisone cream, prep H, lotrimin AF, monistat, diflucan, antibiotic ointment, balmex, peroxide... NOTHING IS HELPING!!!! A friend of mine recommends using some tinactin spray. I'll try anything at this point.

the 17 year itch's picture

I've had the itch for a while now too. I think i caused it by wiping too hard. Then when I take showers I really clean my butthole out extra good to make sure there's absolutely no poo in there. I also have the itching crease by the base of my ballsack but i've had that since i was like 12 i'm almost 30 now so i think it might be a thing where I can't stop scratching down there because I sort of enjoy the feeling of the scratching. Lately though the butthole itch is becommin unbearable I need to just not itch it and let it heal i think but it's just so difficult to not itch.

Exhausted Scratcher's picture

Apparently I was alergic to the wipes. So I started wiping with just the t.p. and after a week or 2 it was all better. Not even the sweating is too bad a problem. My suggestion to everyone is DONT USE WIPES! If anything I wet a tissue and clean up after wiping. Its all good.

Anonymous Coward's picture

if your butt is too itchy all the time try a howard on it wet the tp or get something like a wet wipe for it so when you poop your butt will be cleaner.. works fine..

name's picture

For all you guys i would like to suggest drinking lot of water and eating non spicy foods including non veg(fish is ok)for a month will definately solve your problems related to anus.Drink atleast 5 literes of water per day.

Anonymous pet's picture

i found putting whipped cream on and around the anus then having my dog lick it off did'nt help at all..however for short term relief try camimile lotion, im also experimenting with zoviraz ill let u know the outcome

itchcrazy's picture

Hey, Im NOT alone. Ive been suffering an itchy ass since I was young. Apparently I also have soriasis (whatever). It used to drive me crazy as a youth, and I used to tug at my pants there until people started looking at me funny. Needless to say, a lifetime of taking it like a man has given rise to being easily irritable. Went to the doc ans was treated for PW. Lately ive tried ...Lol! Diaper rash ointment to kill the whirlwind of itching every time I take a crap or ride the bike to long, and it works but the itch comes back in time. Ah well, its nice to know that we are a all together itching and still living. Keep on keepin on you itchy cats out there! Woo-HOO!

tested and tried's picture

i am 23 and have had an itchy ass problem which started very mildly when i was 16. noteworthy- i never have any poop problems so if that is a complementary sympton for you, we may not be in the same boat. my problem has, however, gotten progressively worse over the years. ive gone to several doctors and was put on several medications that did nothing. it became intolerable! the last doctor i went to was a highly recommended proctologist and he diagnosed me with PRURITAS ANI, which means ITCHY ASS in latin. it is basically an ass allergy. he had me remove spicy foods, caffeinated drinks, dairy, and alcohol from my diet. sure enough, when i removed all of those things, my horrid problem diminished! slowly adding those things back into my diet, the itchy ass onset re-occurred when i got to alcohol, specifically wine and hard liquor. sure enough, i had my first brief experience with hard liquor when i was 16 years old. now i know how to control it, and if i plan on indulging for any reason it will be more than my brain and stomach experiencing the hangover. hope this helps someone...

Chronic Anal Itcher's picture

Oh my gosh! I'm not alone. My butt has been itching ever since I was a child, now age 32. I knew I have worms because my mom used to pick them out for me with a piece of paper folded in a triagular shape as a child because I would be crying from the itch. She took me to a doctor, and I took the worm medication. When I pooped, the worms came out with the feces. They were varying sizes, and they hung out of my butt, and I had to pull them out with a paper towel. The itching stopped, but I had been terrified ever since. Six years ago, I have been having this recuring anal itching. It gets to the point where I have to go to the bathroom every 10 minutes to wipe my butt with a papertowel to relieve the itch. The itch gets very intense after an hour of pooping. So, I have to wipe my butt very good, and sometimes if I'm at home I would soak my itchy anus in a hot bubble bath. This is a short relief, but it feels sooo gooood to not be itching for just a brief moment. I don't remember what it is like without being itching all the time. I have been itching all over my body: my anus, my legs, my head, my back, my arms, my hands, even my vagina ithes. I cannot stand it anymore. To relieve the itch, I have to pick my butt(&vagina)with a wet Q-tip, and it has been saving my life!! Every time I pick my butt with a Q-tip, I would look for worms, and I would see them everytime. They look just like the Q-tip fiber. I know it's not the fiber because I can see it scriggling. They're even found in the vagina and occasionally in the ears and nose!! I went to see a doctor 2 years ago and told her that I have worms because I had them as a child and I see them everytime I pick them. She tested my stool culture, and no worm was found. Then I switched to another doctor, and the new doctor said there is no worm or parasites found in my stool culture. They both gave my prep h, and other rx to relieve the itch, but it doesn't help at all. I'd die with without a q-tip. I have to pick my butt every 10-20 minutes, and definely I would need to pick my butt before I go to sleep everynight. Otherwise, I won't be able to have a sound sleep. Desperately, I took an asian over-the-counter worm medication, and it didn't help much. I don't know what to do after seeing 2 doctors, and it is embarassing to tell them about it. I don't know what to do. The first doctor thinks it's all "in my head," and prescribed me an anitdepressant rx. I felt insulted, so I stopped going to see her. The second doctor was young and inexperienced. She's refering me to 3 different gastroenterologist. Good luck to me.....I hope there will be a resolution. I want a normal life. Tips: For all those anal ithers out there-->"Try picking your butt with a Q-tip instead with your fingers."

Anonymous PooP's picture

Thanks for all the insight....I will go see a doctor!

Anonymous Coward's picture

from one itchy butt to another
the problem in many cases could be the
toilet paper as a lot of the brands have
cedar fiber and your getting cedar poisoning
kleenex is the only kind i can use cost, more
but worth the extra

StrangerDanger's picture

I got and itchy asshole a few days ago and its just ruthless. it just kinda got itchy one day and never went away. it got inflamed a bit in and around the anus and it just gets so itchy that you cant help but scratch it. im a pretty clean wiper and its not pw. idk how to get rid of the damn itch. any suggestions?

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