by Lawrence Wilson, MD

April 2015, The Center For Development


            Anal itching is a common and annoying symptom.  Possible causes of it are:


1. Hemorrhoids.  This is one of the most common causes of anal itching among adults.  Hemorrhoids are expanded veins that circle the anus and can protrude to the outside, at times.  Occasionally one will just occur at random, especially if one strains while having a bowel movement.  They can itch, and sometimes this is their only symptom.

Most small hemorrhoids go away on their own with a nutritional balancing program.  Very large, protruding and painful hemorrhoids may require laser surgery or galvanic current treatment by a doctor to resolve them. 

Over-the-counter remedies such as Preparation-H are somewhat toxic, but you can try it.  Please stay on your nutritional balancing program, and do less coffee enemas for a while if they irritate the area too much.


2. Irritation due to eating spicy or irritating foods.  This area of the body can easily become irritated by eating hot, spicy or otherwise irritating foods, or by diarrhea, for example.  This usually goes away on its own when the cause of the irritation is removed.


3. A fungal infection in this area, sometimes called jock itch or tinea.  This is quite common, and annoying.  This area of the body is warm and moist, so fungus grow there easily.

In general, fungal infections are due to excessive copper in the body, or a zinc deficiency.  These infections will go away eventually on a nutritional balancing program without treatment. However, it can take a few years, or even more in some cases.

If the itching is very annoying, you can apply over-the-counter remedies for jock itch such as powders or cream such as Desenex or Tinactin.  Tea tree oil preparations, or a supplement called Wo Oil may also help for the itching.


            4. Some parasites, notably pin worms, and perhaps others.  In my experience, parasites go away on a nutritional balancing program without a need for toxic medical drugs or toxic herbs such as wormwood, black walnut or cloves.  If possible, please avoid these!


5. Imbalance in the flora of the colon.  This is a much less common as a cause for itching.  It is usually due to dietary imbalances such as sugars in the diet, use of medical drugs such as antibiotics, or perhaps the presence of other toxins or medical drugs in the body.

The solution is to improve the diet, removing all sugars and all wheat and soy from the diet.  Drastically increase the amount of cooked, not raw vegetables that you eat.  If you do this, in most cases the normal flora will re-establish itself.

If you think you need more help to re-establish the flora, eat some live culture yogurt.  This may help.  Another solution is to buy some sauerkraut, and eat a tablespoon with each meal until the bottle is gone.  Another solution is to buy a container of Bio-K Original in the health food store and take about ½ teaspoon 10 minutes before each meal, and finish the entire container.  Be careful with other probiotics because some are quite toxic.  Also, please avoid other fermented foods except for some raw cheese, kefir, and miso.  The others are often toxic, especially kombucha tea.  

Note that on a nutritional balancing program, at times the body will eliminate a toxin from the liver or elsewhere that will kill off the normal flora.  The toxin is often an old antibiotic residue.  This can temporarily cause a flora imbalance in the colon that could cause anal itching or other discomfort.  Follow the instructions above and usually the condition will resolve itself in a few days.


6. Diabetes, psoriasis, anal fistulas or fissures.  Diabetes, especially if untreated, can cause sugars to be released onto the skin.  This can feed various fungal or other infectious organisms and cause itching. 

Psoriasis is an itchy skin condition that may be caused by fungus. 

Fissures are tears in the anal mucosa. 

Fistulas are abnormal openings between the anus and sometimes the vagina or other parts of the lower body tissues in the area.  These could also possibly cause itching.

Diabetes and psoriasis respond easily, in most cases, to a nutritional balancing program.  Anal fissures and fistulas may be a little more difficult to handle in some cases.  For more on how to handle them, read Fissures and Fistulas on this website.


7. Other.  Rarely, other causes are responsible for anal itching.  A times, for example, a bacterial or viral infection, or perhaps a sexually-transmitted disease will cause itching.

These may require a careful medical exam, and perhaps other tests to find.



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