Anal and
genital itching

Anal and genital itching

Anal itching (itchy bottom) and genital itching are common and sometimes embarrassing problems that can be caused by several different skin conditions.

Sigmacort can only be used to relieve itching in inflammatory skin conditions that are not infected. It is best to get your doctor to check things out first.

If you are concerned about an itchy bottom or itchy bum – whether it’s the skin around your genitals or anus that causing the problem — it’s a good idea to see your doctor, family planning clinic or sexual health clinic as the right treatment depends on the type of condition causing the itch.

Non-infectious skin conditions that can affect the genital or anal area and lead to itching include:

  • Dermatitis, including eczema (atopic dermatitis), irritant and allergic contact dermatitis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis and intertrigo
  • Psoriasis
  • Lack of the oestrogen hormone in girls and women (prepubertal or postmenopausal).

Infectious skin conditions that can also cause itching include:

  • Bacterial infections e.g. Staphylococcus aureus infections can cause itchy folliculitis and boils
  • Fungal and yeast infections e.g. jock itch and thrush
  • Viral infections e.g. genital herpes and shingles.

Parasite infestations can also be itchy and include:

  • Pubic lice (crabs) and scabies usually found in the groin area
  • Pinworms (threadworms) that emerge from the intestines and lay eggs around the anus.

Once your doctor has identified what is causing your itch, you may need to apply a medicated cream or ointment. If the itch is related to a non-infectious condition like dermatitis a soothing mild topical corticosteroid, such as Sigmacort, may be recommended along with other preventative measures (e.g. using a barrier cream to help protect the affected area).

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