Back to Health A to Z. You can often do simple things yourself to ease an itchy bottom anus. See a GP if the itching does not stop. An itchy bottom that's worse at night is often caused by threadworms , especially in children. Children under 2, and pregnant and breastfeeding women, cannot usually take medicine for threadworms — see a GP, midwife or health visitor instead. Find out about using the NHS during coronavirus.
Itchy bottom pruritus ani is characterised by a strong urge to scratch the skin around your anus. As itchy bottom is a symptom rather than a condition itself, many cases have an underlying cause, for example:. In children, an itchy bottom is often caused by threadworms. Read more about the causes of itchy bottom. See your GP if you've had an itchy bottom for more than a few days, so they can try to find the cause. They may ask about:. Your GP will usually want to examine the skin around your anus and may ask to carry out a digital rectal examination DRE to rule out more serious underlying conditions.
Anal itching is a common condition. The itch, situated in or around your anus, is often intense and may be accompanied by a strong urge to scratch. You may find anal itching to be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Also called pruritus ani proo-RIE-tus A-nie , anal itching has many possible causes, such as skin problems, hemorrhoids, and washing too much or not enough. If anal itching is persistent, talk with your doctor.
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