Treat Pruritis Ani Naturally

Pruritis ani is characterized by intense itching in the anal area. This itching is often so intense that you cannot resist the urge to scratch it; in many cases it worsens at night, waking people from a sound sleep. There are many causes of pruritis ani, everything from dry skin to fissures to stress to parasites can cause it. It can be embarrassing and almost debilitating as the sensation can range from just itching to burning and soreness. Treating it takes time and the most important thing to do is avoid scratching the area!

 

How do I know if I have pruritis ani?

  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Soreness
  • Pain
  • Chafing
  • Dryness

 

How do I prevent pruritis ani?

  • Keep the skin moisturized.
  • Eat a diet high in fiber.
  • Don’t scratch if you feel itching in the anal region.
  • Keep the area dry.
  • Treat any conditions, such as worms or hemorrhoids, that could cause itching.
  • Avoid spicy foods.
  • Keep the area clean, but don’t over clean!

 

How can I treat pruritis ani?

  • Take an oatmeal back with some finely ground oatmeal to help soothe and moisturize itchy skin.
  • Apply aloe vera gel to the skin.
  • Keep the area clean with gentle toilet paper and wipes.
  • Keep the area dry to prevent irritation and chafing.
  • Eat lots of fiber to help keep bowel movements soft and regular.
  • Wash undergarments with a mild, unirritating soap.
  • Consider gently wiping with witch-hazel. It cleans, disinfects and encourages healing.
  • Keep a food journal and eliminate any foods that seem to correspond with an increase in itching.
  • Keep hydrated!
  • Vitamin A helps to keep skin smooth, prevents dry skin and is an anti-inflammatory.
  • B vitamins help with healthy skin production.
  • Fish oil can be taken for its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Zinc helps to aid in healing.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes and make sure your undergarments are cotton.
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