An itchy bottom is a symptom, not a condition. It makes you want to scratch the skin around the opening where poo leaves your body (your anus).

Common causes of an itchy bottom

Many cases of an itchy bottom have an underlying cause, for example:

infection and infestation such as staphylococcal bacterial infections and scabies

a skin condition such as atopic eczema or psoriasis

haemorrhoids (piles) which is swellings that contain enlarged and swollen blood vessels in and around the anus.

anal fissure which is a tear or open sore (ulcer) that develops in the lining of the anal canal

a chronic condition such as diabetes

some medication could cause anal itching

certain foods and drinks - including spicy food, citrus fruits, tomatoes, nuts, dairy products, coffee, beer, and wine

In children, an itchy bottom is often caused by threadworms. But not all cases of itchy bottom have an identifiable cause.

Self-help tips

If you have an itchy bottom, try, and avoid the following: heat, woollen clothing or blankets, moisture, soiling yourself and stress or anxiety.


An itchy bottom is typically easy to treat at home. Some ways of easing an itchy bottom include:

keeping your bottom clean and dry, avoid using scented soaps, use soft toilet tissue

Most importantly, avoid scratching.

You could also try some topical ointments to help relieve the symptoms and prevent you from scratching.

You might need an examination to ensure there is no other issues ongoing especially if the itching is chronic.

When do you get in touch with Sandsclinic?

You could always try medications from the pharmacy however if it does not improve please get in touch with Sandsclinic so we could investigate further and ensure you get the best treatment.