The main symptom of an itchy anus is an intensely itchy bottom that you’re desperate to scratch. It may get worse at night or after you’ve opened your bowels. Scratching makes the itch worse so it’s important to resist.
An itchy anus is a very common condition and can happen to anyone at any age.
In most cases, an itchy anus lasts a short time and clears up on its own without treatment.
An itchy anus that’s severe, lasts more than a few days, or keeps coming back, could be a sign of an underlying medical condition.
Many things can irritate the skin around your bottom (perianal area) and trigger an itchy anus. These include:
An itchy anus can also be a symptom of these common conditions:
Rarely, an itchy anus can be a sign of anal or bowel cancer, although you’ll probably have other symptoms too.
If your itch is severe, has lasted more than a few days, or your bottom seems infected, see your GP.
They’ll examine your bottom and ask about your medical history and everyday habits.
If they’re not sure what’s causing your itchy anus, they may refer you for an internal examination of your bottom, such as a colonoscopy.
See your GP urgently if you’re bleeding from your bottom, have bloody diarrhoea or a discharge of pus as well as an itchy bottom.
In most cases, you won’t need medical treatment for an itchy anus. Things you can do to treat and prevent an itchy bottom include:
If these don’t work, your GP may recommend: