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"

Anonymous Coward's picture

Can't see how clove oil would be any more painful than alchohol.

GottaGoGirl's picture
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Re: "rubbing" alcohol. Try "isopropyl" alcohol. That's the proper name.

Itchy Butt's picture

Someone help!

It usually occurs during night and it's seriously disrupting my sleep time.

My ass cheek itches like hell and normally the itch comes in a form of bumps that looks and feel similar to mosquito-bites. Sometimes it itches so much that I force myself to take a cold butt-shower just to ease the burning itch. And sometimes, I apply Hazeline Snow Moisturizing Cream to 'cool' it down a little.

All those scratching has made my butt looking ugly! With brown spots and all...

WHAT COULD BE THE PROBLEM?

Sigh...

Anonymous Coward's picture

Sounds like you got Pruritus Ani.
Seems different things work for different people. Try the alchohol, but I'd dilute it a little as It's going to sting like damn.

I've heard distilled white vinegar is good for itching.

Complete Coward's picture

I have an itchy arse and it itches when i need the loo it itches right upinside you can itch your but hole and around the crack but the itch feels just inside it is intense it comes at night mostly when your body is shutting down, eating at night makes it worse because then i will need the loo the only thing i've found relieves the itch is going to the loo trying to pass wind or have a poo or a wee at the very least a wee, luke warm water with cotton pads soothes it, creams are useless they work for a week at best then what. hydrocortizone is not a cure a long way off try relieving the itch by having a bowel movement..

This helped me's picture
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Hi guys just dropping a line to see if anybody has tried my clove oil treatment yet. Please leave a message on this thread if you have, both good or bad results, as I'm confident it will help. Please read my comment from the 5.17.07 if you're unfamiliar with the usage. Good luck

Anonymous Coward's picture

if your butt itches and you know you have pinworms put rubbing achoul on it. it will burn really bad for 1 minute, but it will be worth it

Anonymous Coward's picture

I'll try the clove oil for you. Was thinking of using a vey small amount diluted in aloe vera (something like one tenth clove to vera, what you think? You need to remember that all of us pruritus ani sufferers we'll all have cuts in our anal regions, so I can see why your fellow was a no no.

This helped me's picture
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Hi Anonymous Coward, thank you for attempting the clove oil treatment. Please make sure it's pure essential oil. Health food shops or chemists/drug stores, would be the best place to buy it. One drop should be more then enough. I hadn't thought of aloe vera as a dilutent but I think it should be an excellent carrier for the oil and also very soothing and healing in itself. If you're using fresh gel from a aloe leaf, I would expect about 1 tablespoon of gel to 1 drop of oil to be a good start. Mixed well and applied with either fingers or cotton balls. If that dilution is too painfull then of course further dilution would be required and alternately if you're not getting much of a buzz from the oil, try adding one drop at a time. I understand your dilemma with cuts to your anal region and possible caution with trying this treatment. If it is at all possible, using zinc oxide cream or lanolin as a barrier for a few days before trying treatment, to give the area a chance to heal some of the cuts and hopfully lessen the pain. Even wearing gloves to bed, as others have suggested previously to limit the amount of damage the nails do. Again, good luck and remember it's not a one off treatment but I truely believe with several applications, hopefully no more then twice a day for a few weeks you will feel and see excellent results and fingers crossed hopefully find a successful cure.

3 yr  Itch's picture

Hi all. I am a silent sufferer and oh my god how i have suffered ! the itch is like no other ....and i fully simpathize with anyone that has this ! generally my poor little bum knot starts that tickly prickaly tip toe of an itch just as im going to sleep ...but sometime now just before and especially after having a number twos ......the itch is like a little spider running around my ring piece he has spikey boots on and i pray each night it doesnt start ........because its totally impossible not to scratch it and when you do you cant stop until you feel like you have torn yourself apart =( its a nightmare truely.
I have tried antihistamine creams and they did work the best ....but dont seem to be as effective now. The best thing is Very Hot then Very cold water repeatedly splashed on itchy bum hole ...........but if you dont get to sleep after 30 mins or so it comes back ! I have tried Stuff for Tinea and Worms and Hemoriods ...........its not that ....I think im allergic to my own sweat ...and i spent most of my day sat on my arse at work draughting architectural plans so i cant avoid.
Well i just put some clove oil on so see how that goes ......It hurts/stings alot but i dont care. If anyone else can help please put your solution up dont let people suffer like me ...

I itch too's picture

I too have the butt itch problem. This has gone on for about a year and a half. I have gone to the doctor for it and even a dermatologist. I have had all the crèmes etc. The only thing I have found to work well is Gold Bond Medicated Powder. I put some on in the morning and I'm set all day. I put it on if it itches or not. I have tried not using it for a day or two. Then it will be out of control again. I just read on a website that using alcohol-free baby wipes instead of toilet paper might help the problem, so I'm going to try that.

Does anyone know if prolonged use of Gold Bond can have a negative effect?

ed-infinitum's picture

to anonymous cat,

"pour 70 percent alcohol on it and rub it on your a hole and surrounding areas do not remove it until the burning stops aprox 1 min"

So would you recommend a good 'bourbon', 'single malt' or a 'blend' for the job?

Anyway, one way to keep off the itches is to keep off the scratches. Keep you nails short, and if you fingers wander down there while you are sleeping, the ass won't be as satisfied with a good long-nailed scratch, futhermore, it would leave behind scratches that can cause itches later.

And most importantly, perhaps you guys ought to do what the indians, amongst others, do, get hygenic and start WASHING your ass after a good rump dump. You don't wipe your body after a hard days getting screwed by your boss do you? Same thing applies for your ass which gets far more filthy after a minute's dump. Save quite a few trees too!

Additionally, you might like to try dabbing the region with tea tree oil. Just wet your hand, pour a few drops of pure tea tree oil on it, squish it about, and then give the old geyser a good rub. It kills germs, counters bacteria from sweat, regenerates cells, etc. Do it once every morning and once before you go to bed. Just be sure to wash your ass before each time. Ther will be a slight burning sensation, but this will go off after a minute. You can even apply it to your face. Just be sure to wash your hands first.

Fun with bananas's picture

Hi guys and gals, just want to suggest a couple of things. Try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana peel, I found it quite soothing. Also, if you're trying to prevent itching yourself in your sleep, just tie your wrists together in front of you before you drop off to sleep. Kinda weird, I know, but it stops you from doing anything by accident because you can't reach. Then it comes down to will power. Good luck one and all.

basicplace's picture

I'm trying Calendula gel(calendula is a type of marigold) and it seems to be working. The brand is Califlora Calendula Gel by Boericke & Tafel. I found it at Rainbow Foods Co-op in San Francisco; probably it can be ordered on-line, or check a health food store. Calendula is suppose to help relieve irritated skin, and has antibacterial and antiviral properties (look it up on-line). It's only been a few days that I've been using it but so far my itching is gone, or at least bearable to the point I can keep myself from having to itch my butt-hole. I'm hoping I found the cure!

Rusty Bullet Hole's picture

I am trying clove oil ...but i think i should have diluted. Pain is the key word here but at least its better than the itch but only just ! mixing with Aloe vera seems to make the itch worse!
Am going to heal then try the Clove oil again but diluted this time ....my god that stuff is powerfull im a grown man and i screamed twice !
Surely there must be another way ! has anyone tried the grapefruit seed extract method yet ?
How long does the Alcohol Method last ? because no way am i going to burn my knot with oure alc each night.
Clove oil has stopped the itching but i wouldnt recommend just yet as this is only my second day and like i said undiluted i have burnt a hole in my arse ! be warned. Oh and dont try chopped garlic up there it doesnt work and you WILL cry like a baby from the pain.

This helped me's picture
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Thank you yr itch and rusty bullet hole, for being brave guinea pigs, I did warn you about the pain. But the great news was so far, it helped the itch. Please read my first comment from the 05.17.2007 to find out about diluting it, especially as the aloe doesn't seem to be working. If you can get it down to a bearable dilution combination, then the pain gain ratio should be tipped in the gain side. Once again I can not recommend more strongly to please DO NOT PUT UNDILUTED CLOVE OIL UP YOUR BUM !! IT will burn and damage soft tissue. The same should be said for Tea Tree oil, it is also very volitile and will burn like hell. Even though clove oil is not water soluable you can dilute it by running water over a wet cotton wool ball with one drop on it. Basicplace's Calendula gel also sounds worthwhile, Calendula is an excellent skin problem, healing herb. I' m looking forward to hearing about their progress. My partner tried all of your ideas, ed-infinitum, except for the alcahol, he always, if at home, jumps in the shower after a dump, he keeps his fingernails bitten very close and as I've already stated previously has only recently come off the ceiling from applying undiluted Tea Tree oil. Something I might add I had passionately warned him not to do. He did get relief, for awhile, after his arse grew back, but like the clove oil, I believe vigilence is the key and dilution. A weak solution once or twice a day for at least a couple of weeks. Keep up the fight guys and try keeping off the arse. Take care

Anonymous Coward's picture

Tried it and screamed the house down and had to shower it off. Still that happened with the alchohol too. Wonder if it's a case of just going past the pain threshold?

Anonymous Coward's picture

ed-infinitum, anal itch is like no other itch(I suffer from eczema as well) and you have to scratch, probably because it's in such a delicate area.

Also it's more than likely caused by being over hygienic (as in washing the anal area too vigorously).

Thanks for the advice though.

Rusty Bullet Hole's picture

I have made an appointment to see the Doc in 30 mins ! im so scared and embarressed and i cant beleive i have left it 5 yrs until now the pain and itch is unbearable. Wish me luck i just hope he/she understands. If i find a solution to this Horrible problem i will post it for all you sufferers in silence. Wish me luck please ! To Poofininty and beyond !

Rusty Bullet Hole's picture

ok ...wasnt too embaressing...although the doc was a lovely bit of stuff and i nearly bottled out ! but i didnt i told her . "i have had an chronically unbeleivably ITCHY ASSHOLE FOR 5 YEARS !!!! and i have not been to see a doctor because i was too embaressed ! "
I lay down on a high bed with my trousers pulled down and she examined my sore knot and put a finger up there too !!! =( but it was ok really she diagnosed me with what i knew it was puritas anai or itchy bum and gave me Proctosedyl suppositories and cream and Advantan Ointment.
I KNOW PRAY THIS WORKS !!! she said its quite common and a bit tricky to handle ...i will post in two weeks time to tell you poor itchy ass crackers how the treatment is working ....in the mean time BRAVE UP AND GO SEE A DOC LIKE I DID !! GOOD LUCK ALL

This helped me's picture
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Anonymous Coward, you didn't mention if you diluted the oil and if, after you washed it off, if it had any effect. Would love to hear the after effects, good or bad. Thanks for giving it a go and fingers crossed we might be getting closer to some serious relief. Please read my other comments if you're unsure about application.

Di Verticula's picture
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"My butt never itched until I read all these posts" ROTFLMAOPIMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

iitchtoo's picture

I found a website called www.itchnomore.com they sell a spray (assuage) that will solve our problem (or so it claims). I ordered a bottle....I'll let you know how it works.

Has anyone used or heard of this stuff?

basicplace's picture

I have six words to share with you all...CALENDULA GEL, CALENDULA GEL, CALENDULA GEL! (ok, two words repeated twice). But I can't stress enough how well it's working! Since my last post on 6/5/07 I've been using the gel whenever I feel the itch and it's truly working; the itch has almost completely gone away! I no longer have the burning itch! I do still feel a mild itch coming on once in a while, but I use the gel and it immediately goes away. I haven't had to itch my anus in four days, which I believe has allowed the skin to heal down there. For the people with Pruritis ani, I know it well help, along with other advice on this site about keeping it clean and dry down there! My method is to do my regular wipe(s) after a bowel movement, then to wipe again with the calendula gel til my anus is completely clean. Then, throughout the day, if I have a mild itch, I put some gel on it and I'm OK. Please, you owe it to yourself to at least try it!

gjorg's picture

The reason for most is YEAST. That is why t-tree oil,clove oil, oregano oil, vinegar work,because they are anti yeast agents.Don't be afraid to go to the Doctor for anything. Hey, they shit to. Seriously cut back on sugar and related products. The beast has a name and it is Candida Albicans. Anti candida diets are a joke but,cut a few simple products and get a script for NYSTATIN. Simple changes to the diet can be amazing!

Rusty Bullet Hole's picture

Oh bummer ! the Docs creams and suppositories arnt working ! what a load of horse sheeet ! and it cost me heaps too! ok Basic Place i have ordered some Calendula ! my poor Rusty Bullet hole =( will report back with the results ........Beware the tickally prickally itch that comes and goes like a phantom in the night !!!!

Itchy and Scratchy's picture

Get tested for diabetes, you should be doing this annually anyway with your physical.

Seriously, Ive been dealing with chronic skin infections for 2-3 years. Athlete's foot, toenail fungus, jock itch, swimmer's ear, itchy butt, etc. All of these are caused by yeasts.

In january 07 I was diagnosed with diabetes and with diet and meds got my blood sugar under control fairly quickly. The plus side is that I am itchy and scratchy no more. The athletes foot is gone, toenail fungus is clearing up and the various other "yeast" infections have vanished.

Diabetes is when you have too much sugar in your blood. There will be an excess of sugar in your other bodily fluids as well, such as urine or perspiration.

The sugar in perspiration is what the yeast grows on anywhere you perspire.

While being itchy and scratchy is annoying as heck, it could be a sign of something much more serious.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Try desitine or any baby rash cream. It temporarily relieves itchyness but unfortunately I think I will be going to the doctor:(

Anonymous Coward's picture

Diabetes may be the cause of your itching mate (sorry you got that), but I'm checked every year and my blood sugar is fine.

Beebop's picture

I used itchnomore mate. It's made by some bloke called Presley and it's crap.

Rusty Bullet Hole's picture

Basic Place i think i love you ! Calendula gel really does seem to be working NICE ONE MATE thanks for sharing your cure/itch releaver
I hope it does cure it will keep ya posted !

Di Verticula's picture
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ROTF ... brown trout ... good one.

"In regards to the parasitic worms mentioned above, are they any good for fishing? If so, what species are attracted to them? (other than brown trout)"

Hit the Road Itchy Crack!'s picture

Hey everyone. I had an itchy crack dilemma (I posted back in Jan.), and I couldn't sleep..like many of you..and had to take a cool-bath butt shower, which helped briefly. Anyway, my butt does not itch anymore! I don't know what it was but sometimes it starts to feel like it could flare up so I decided to try shaving my butt, like someone else suggested. That has worked for me and haven't needed to scratch my butt anymore. I do apply a bit of Benadryl after I shave (mixed with a dab of non-perfumed lotion)to prevent shaving bumps/irritations from shaving (I don't use shving cream up there either). After reading some of the posts, the clove oil and calendula gel sounds like some promising solutions! Also if you choose to shave your butt hairs, use a different razor just for that..in case you do have some kind of fungus..you wouldn't want to spread that fungus or worms to other regions (legs, arms, genitals). Before the clove oil and calendula gel, i was not up for shoving garlic and whatever up my ass crack! good luck!

J DUB's picture

I just wanted to interject a little snippit... My Ex Boy Friend (many years ago) was a wonderful young handsome out screwing around on me kinda guy... and to make a long story short.... he brought home crabs one time... I had never had any previous experiences with crabs aside form an 8th grade lecture in school, so I was quite amazed that they could live in your ass crack as well as your pubic hair. Maybe soem of you should try RID or NIX on your butt crack itches. You never know unless you check. there is a little knit comb that comes with the treatment tubes and you can comb through your ass hairs to see if there are any on there. I was lucky and only had 3 on me. He was infested.. especially in his crack. Happy Scratching. P.S. you could also look up scabies. I think they can live in there too!

poodoo's picture

To Anonymous butt itcher:
(or anyone who has itchy or rashy skin anywhere-
use that stuff they use on babies called DESITIN. I have long suffered many kinds of rashes and finally through years of experimenting found that DESITIN works like magic! The trick is, you have to be clean and dry in the rashy or itchy area, then put a very thin layer of desitin and rub it in. If you leave it on thick and cakey, your rash will get worse. Try to sleep naked, or let as much fresh air get to your affected region as possible for the longest possible time. Desitin will CURE athlete's foot, jock itch, asscrack itch, minor skin irritations/rashes, toenail fungus, discolored skin from clothing distress. It has to be the original Desitin, with cod liver oil. Just plain old diaper rash creme, zinc oxide, will not work. Anonymous butt itcher, after you use this the way I described for a week or two and are healed, I'll be expecting my $100. Just kidding. I hope you get some relief, I'd be happy to be the one who leads you to that. Good luck. If anyone tries this method and has major results, spread the word to help others.


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london man's picture

my arsehole has been itching like a "%$$% the past week im going buy this desitin and calendula gel tommorow and will keep u fellow itchers informed

Anonymous Coward's picture

i've used canendula cream, is that the same as the gel as it's not worked?

Frank2401's picture
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_What Poodoo said -"let as much fresh air get to your affected region as possible" has worked for me. Lamisil foot powder works too. I also said before that wood beaded car seat cushions work for long driving trips. Spread your but cheaks apart and keep it dry. Poodoo is right. _____
"Frank, that is a VERY personal thing!" -Nurse Ptomain

If it's good for the gums then it's good for the buns!'s picture

Hey you anal itchers! I was a serious perianal itcher for five years, cause unknown. I recently discovered a solution. Frickin' listerine! Swab some of that on your buns (sans cuts or tears if you don't mind :) I don't think the flavor matters.

Veterinarians prescribe it for maladies of the skin for animals, so I thought what the hell. Seriously, I had sleeping problems for years because I scratched so hard, but listerine has been my cure.

User1's picture

I have an annoying itchy ass that wont go away. Had it for 2 weeks now!!
Gets worse at night and keeps me up
I use the same soap as i did before etc. I wash it and dry it morning and night.
I live in the UK, so i am unsure what to try next.
To dam scared to go to the docs about this, as i have a female doc.....
I am currently using drapolene cream after washing etc it does seem to help, but it still itches like mad!

Anonymous Coward's picture

i have dry flaky skin that itch like hell at least once a day and it getting bigger and bigger as i pick at it. i looks like a rash but it wont go away. what kind of doctor would i need to see for this?

daphne's picture
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A dermatologist would be your best bet.

In the meantimes, some Neosporin can't help. You might have gotten it infected by picking at it. Good luck.


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Anonymous Coward's picture

Listerine? Are you sure you mate?

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AC with the itchy skin, go to a regular doctor. If you need to be seen by a specialist, you will be sent to a dermatologist. Dry skin patches can have several causes, but it sounds like you might have a touch of ringworm. Before going to the doctor, dab a little bleach from the laundry room on it with a paper towel. I know that sounds really horrible, but it shouldn't burn much. If its ringworm, the rash will dry up and go away. If not, go to the doctor for a diagnosis and ointment.
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girl with a itchy mindge's picture

well my mindge is itchy when i dont go to the loo but when i do it propper hurts and i aint got a clue what to do can you help me?

Anonymous Coward's picture

I've had the itchy ass for about two weeks. Went to the doc. Put me on Lotrimin (clortrimazole) 3 x per day for a week. It has helped. Benedryl stops the itching too.

Clotrimazole 2's picture

Yeah, clotrimazol my ass. Yes, it does help, big time, but u know, my fellow clotrimazol user, I really wish it'll help you in the long run. See, I've been using it for half an year now and this whole shit just wouldn't go away FOREWER! It comes back, (even though somebody I know reported to me recently that his itching miraculously stopped even though he was using this cream moderately). So, yes, I wish you'll follow in his footsteps but as of me... I am going to see goddamn doc again this time checking for pinworms( I wish I did it before). And, by the way, one more symptom - not sure if that caused it - after prolonged seating and before going to crap - the last vertebrae -closest to the ass- hurts or should I say , lets itself being felt.. in unpleasant way...Holy shit, I also have some alarming developments in my pancreas or whatever its called. Everybody, listen - don't eat spicy Chinese soups, just forget about them. I was one healthy man - look at me now, I am falling apart. No, seriously,
watch your diets, people. I am 40. by the way.

basicplace's picture

My update on using calendula gel (brand Boericke & Tafel) for itchy butt: it has been about a month since I've been using the gel (I don't know if the cream works; haven't tried it) and it has helped, although the ITCH hasn't gone away completely. The ITCH comes back every now and then, but it happens a lot less frequently and further apart than when I started the treatment. The ITCH still goes away pretty much immediately after an application, so it's at least good for temporary relief. Overall it's a much more tolerable ailment since I've started the treatment and I'm thinking maybe the calendula gel is working homeopathically, in other words, it might take some time for it to completely go away.
Also, I've observed if I don't clean well after a bowel movement I tend to get the ITCH soon afterwards. So I carry a tube of the gel around with me, and have made it a habit to apply some to my anus with toilet paper after I've wiped a few times to clean away the poop. I repeat the application with the gel until the toilet paper is completely clean.
Anyone else have a report on the calendula gel?

london man's picture

listen when u have a dump always make sure you wash your backside not clean it with tissue, i know when applying cream your backside has to be completly cleaned otherwise u wont get the full benefit of the ointment.

another thing i noticed my itchy backside started when i started a diet 3 weeks ago and i think it maybe because everytime i have a meal i use lots of hot chilli sauce, trace back ur eating habits do u eat a lot of chilli and garlic like me? ive now stopped eating anything spicy and will update u regarding any pregres over the next week.

the brown bomber's picture

bananas are a big trigger for me. used to eat them by the boatload, no problem. now: one banana, and its ass scratch city. i think most of this is food sensitivity stuff, but theres something more to it as well. a true mystery it is, and the doctors are a band of useless retards when it comes to treating this affliction (assuming you dont have worms). other common ass-scratching foods: nightshades(tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, peppers), dairy, alcohol, caffeine. basically, all the good stuff. if youre tough tho, try eliminating them all from your diet, and then reintroducing them one at a time after the coast is clear. if you notice your ass itching again within a day or so of eating one of the items, theres your culprit(or, at least one of them).

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