I have suffered for the last 10 years with an anal itch it feels like a hundred squiggly worms just around the edge of the anal opening and just slightly up into the rectum. The only cream that seems to help is cortisone,I hate to go anywhere in public because of it, just in case I start to itch it's so intense. Does anyone else have this problem and find a solution???
My pharmacy makes a special suppository that is used 1 - 3 times weekly for anal itching. The shape of the suppository allows it to stay in contact with the affected area for 6 hours. This allows the drug to be more effective. How do you use your cortisone product now?
i was wondering if you found a cure for anal itching.
i too suffer from the same problem and its not only irritating, but also embarassing.
i have this since the past 1 year. i have tried two ointments - Cortizone and Hydrocortizone, with regular and strong strengths. I used to apply it once a day. but it just didnt help. it didnt reduce the itching even a li'l bit.
I've been through something similar myself, and I was at the point of going mad. So I took the matters into my hands. The type of doctor you should see is a rectal surgeon, not a dermatologist, not a general practitioner. They will most probably prescribe you cortisone creams to relieve the itching.
There several reasons why you're experiencing this:
1-Cleaning one's self too harshly, using hard toilet papers etc.. These areas have a specific PH balance that differ from other areas of your body. Disturbing this balance will result in itching.
The most important thing is not to itch, because itching can give way to bacterial infections that will worsen and spread the condition. So KEEP AWAY FROM ITCHING.
Secondly which I think was the simplest and ultimate cure personally, to clean yourself use soft tissues (Kleenex), wet them with warm water and apply it to the area (with a padding motion, be gentle)
Do not apply any cortisone creams (anything that contains chemicals)Cortisone creams contain streoids that will harm your skin over a period of time.
You have to have self-control and a lot of patience. Because the healing process can take few months. I hope this helps,
I myself "had" anal itching for almost 13 years and esp, at every night..how many nights for 13 years!! No exception of at least one night! But now, it's gone!!! I'm telling ya! It's gone!
I don't have to scratch my anus and bleed and have shallow-sleep(being irritated by itching and scratching and being conscious) through the night any longer!
Recently I took a generic version of "Loratadine" tablet(pill) that is actually an active ingredient of "Claritin" allergy relief for 24 hours for hay fever, runny nose(by allergies) and etc. What it does is blocking "histamine" bonding to its receptors. This bonding is a main cause of most allergic reaction(e.g "itching" on your skin with rashes). The cause of "histamine" releasing(allergic cause) is varied; but if this "histamine" reaction in your body can be blocked, itching can't persist. This is what all "anti-histamine" drug exactly and basically do in your body(in your blood) when you take an anti-histamine allergy tablet from such as Claritin, Benadryl, Allegra, Zyrtec etc.
To get to the point, after I took "Loratadine" tablets (genetic version of Claritin and much cheaper, too) for 3 days (the actual reason was for my skin irritation with rash), the agonizing(esp. at night time with no sweet dream) anal itching is gone! And it's been about a week passed now and it's not coming back(should not...)! It's just one week but I had itching every day for 13 years without an exception of a single night; so... surely, based on the fact that I described above about the correlation between histamine and anti-histamine drugs, taking anti-histamine drugs(in my case, taking "Loratadine" 24 hour tablet) cured the disease.
So, do you want to try? Do it! :-) Take one 24 hr tablet every 24 hours for several days. I'd be very happy if I can hear that by any chance, anyone get cured, too b/c of the sharing of my story.
I came accross your mentioned treatment using hystamines, and would suggest your solution to my wife, who also has sever itching problems... since 1995. It is nearly constant, with some periods of time where the itching is less. She has tried all types of creams (including cortisone), diet changes, etc. but it just won't go away.
Additionally, she has raised, chappy, partly-broken reddish skin patches (about an inch wide on the outer skin on each side of the rectum area), which seems to be eczema.
Before I suggest this to her I would like to know ...
1) did your itching symptoms stay away? are you cured?
2) did you also have an eczema?
3) also, did anybody else try the approach with success?
Hello,I just wanted to say that I just read your post and I am going to try the medicine that you say,I you suggest,I been having itching for about two years now,but is been getting worst for the pass 6 months,I just got back from the doctor he is a gastrointestinal doctor and he told me that there is no cure for that,he just told me to have baths with epsomesalt,I'm not sure if i spell it right,he also told me not to use over the counter medicine because all it does is makeing it worst so i was very depress when i got home,so I stared looking on line and found your post,I hope and pray that this will work because this is very depressing,I do have one question,I take high blood pressure medicine can this Loratadine contradict my medicine,thank you in advance,
On a scale of one to ten, the anal itching I experienced was a twelve; it was so bad, I would often wake up at night itching, my anal area was wet, and I would scratch until I left marks. I tried many, many things - prescription creams and over the counter powders and washes intended for this problem. I even tried antifungals (we live in a tropical environment). I was told I had very minor heraroids, but that they were likely at the heart of my problem. I never believed that, and now realize that really was not the case. The itching still continued. Luckily, I came across a posting that suggested some itching could be diet related. I had already cut out just about everything on the suggest list of problem foods, and certainly didn't drink anything with caffine (or so I thought). But I was so desperate, that I decided to give up the large decaf ice coffee drink that I drank every morning. Within a few days, the itching was almost completely gone! Decaf coffee! I would never believe that something in my diet -- seemingly benign -- could cause such extreme symptoms. The itching was almost like a second job! I figured I would be cursed with it forever. To anyone who relates to this posting and has not found a sufficient answer to why they have such terrible symptoms, do keep a food journal of what you eat everyday and start to eliminate particular foods and see what happens. You never could have convinced me that making a simple dietary change would have such a positive impact. By the way, I still itch from time to time but no where near the way I used to. I believe that itching may be related to the humid weather here, or wearing a damp bathing suit. Think I will always need to be careful.
I did an enema with Apple Cider Vinegar, that stopped it for some hours, then and enema with 1 teaspoon of Hydrogen Proxide. I didi that for a few days and it was much better. The I did 2 enemas with abouut a tablespoon with Coconut oil and the itch never came back! I was really itching for a few weeks it was awful!
OMG, I have the exact same problem and it feels the same way. Absolutely horrible, and once you start scratching, you'll tear yourself to pieces because of the relief. I've had this on and off for years. The first time it happened, I too thought it was pinworms. I did a daily compress of boric acid diluted in water. Everytime I went to the bathroom, after cleaning, I would apply this boric acid compress and after a few days, the itch went away. Not only that, but my skin returned to normal (I had been doing such damage, my skin looked and felt like elephant skin around the anus).
However, now, after years of nothing, it's back with a vengeance. It's not only around the anus, but it's started spreading to the perineum and vulva. I had a biopsy done, as intense itching in this area could be signs of something much more serious, such as lichen sclerosis or, worse, vulva cancer. Turns it, is friggin eczema (which is a generic term for inflamed, itchy skin). Thanks alot.
I'm glad it's not something more serious, but OMG this is horrible. I was just prescribed 30 days of Lidex ointment as a treatment, apparently there is no cure. However, I agree with one of the other commentators to stay away from long term use of cortisones, and try whatever you can do to not scratch. I know apple cider vinegar is supposed to be a good natural remedy for skin inflammation and itching. I was using an apple cider vinegar compress (diluted of course) before the biopsy, and it gave some temporary relief, you may want to try it before bedtime.
Sorry you are going thru this, but man, I know what you're feeling.