In order to make a 100% personalised product for someone, I ask them a lot of questions. This also means I am privy to some very private information – sometimes completely unrelated to the product I am commissioned to create.
Today's post is in the very private category. We're taking a look at a certain itchiness that won't go away.
Persistent itchinessNo matter which part of the body is affected, experiencing persistent itchiness is both irritating and uncomfortable. But pruritus ani – itchy anus – is perhaps the most uncomfortable of all. Scratching this particular area is not at all advisable, making the condition even more insufferable.
It's not a widespread phenomenon, but neither is it all that rare. Pruritus ani - which can vary greatly in severity - affects between 1-5% of all adults.
Today, I'm going to share how a friend of mine found relief.
This is a simple, inexpensive method that is based entirely on balancing the pH of the affected area.
Stopping an Itch
Before we begin, it must be made very clear that:
- This person did not categorise their itchiness as severe. Their description: 'it happens often enough to where it is disruptive but isn't quite irritating enough to make me want to visit the doctor'.
- This person was in good health and had no problems of any other kind in the anal area
- This person did not suffer from any kind of persistent itchiness in any other area of the body
Now, on to the method that helped this person.
- Himalaya Crystal Salt Bar
- Aloe vera (in liquid form)
- Wash the area with gentle, perfume-free soap
- Wet the salt bar with the aloe vera and gently dab the anal area with the wet bar
- Allow the skin to air dry
- Proceed with life
Why it Happens in The First PlaceEven though it is not always possible to determine the exact cause of pruritus ani, there are several possible causes, a few of which could be
- too much cleanliness
- too little cleanliness
- excessive use of perfumed or deodorised soaps
- excessive intake of spicy foods
- anal incontinence
If you suffer from persistant anal itching - do visit your doctor. There are several treatment options available.
Do TellIf you, or someone you know has tried this method and had success with it, I'd love to hear about it in a comment below. This method helped one person (so far) and I am not 'eligible' to try it, so I'd appreciate your feedback!
Description of the Condition (PMC)
More About Pruritus Ani
ASCRS - About pruritus ani
MedicineNet.com - About Anal Itching
Wikipedia- Pruritus Ani
British Association of Dermatologists - patient information leaflet