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Itchy bum

Itchy bum

No prizes for guessing what this condition makes kids do! Itchy bum, or to give it its medical name ‘pruritus ani’, means an irresistible urge to scratch the anus, either directly, or through underwear. It’s a common experience, and though having an itchy bum isn’t a disease in its own right, it can be a symptom of many different things. It also, unsurprisingly, carries hygiene risks of its own. So what sort of things can get kids scratching down there?

One obvious answer, of course, is if kids don’t wipe themselves properly after going to the toilet, but other possibilities are bacterial or viral infections, an allergy to fabric or soap, and skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema. Incontinence or constipation, damage to the anus or sphincter (which can be a result of going to the toilet) or gut conditions can also cause itching. Worms too, can lay their eggs round the anus, making it very itchy at night. A skin condition called lichen sclerosus can also cause an itch round the bum and genitals.

All of these possible causes can be made worse by heat, dampness, heavy clothing or even stress. Establishing what you think is the cause may require a bit of investigation, ingenuity and common sense. Young children may not understand why they shouldn’t do it, and find the urge particularly hard to resist. They may also scratch in their sleep at night and then put their fingers in their mouths, which opens up the way to other sorts of infection and enables worms to spread.

Treatment for an itchy bum will depend on exactly what the cause is, but if it’s clearly ongoing and there’s no obvious single trigger, take your child along to your doctor or nurse who can undertake a proper examination.

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I got body itchy, that occur when am in a warm or hot environment and it's very painful. Please is there any solution to this?





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Hello can you help I get the occasional urge to itch and when I open my bowels there is a jelly mucus ???





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i get a really itch bum and its really sore i always seem to get it a lot please help :/





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My 11yr old son has been very irritable and I've seen him scratching his behind a lot. Does he have worms? I checked his bottom yesterday but saw nothing and it didn't look red or sore or anything? Itching is worse at night from what I've noticed.





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Hey can someone help me please, my viginal area and bum hurts and are very itchy.its itchy during the day but only a bit during the night is when it gets itchy. Its a bit red too. I have had this one time and this is my second time .I have been using an itching cream that my mom gave me and last time it worked .I really hate it cuz it soo itchy some one please help . By the way I just turned 12 in october.





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You might have thrush, got the dr and they can give you special cream/tablet to clear it all up xo

Sounds like "thrush". You can buy cream over the counter at a chemist. No prescription from you doctor is required. Can be common in females, is natural.

I'm 16 and the inside of my anus itches on random occasions during the day but specially at night it's been happening for 3 days now and is irritating me a lot I refuse to go to the GP about this due to many reasons is there anything I can do to help prevent this ?





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Hi I am 14 and tonight I went to the bathroom to have a poo and it was verry painfull. I cheked ma anus and I saw that it is red and I say some wight thing like thin lines. I wiped it and they went. Ma anus is realy itchy. Can someone hepl me





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You probably have threadworms. This might sound scary but you'd better tell your parents(scary but just do it). My advice is that you get some medication and see a doctor. It's a little scary i know when i first had it a few years back and i was pretty freaked out too. There's advice on the internet if you need it. Good luck :)

I'm nearly 17,and I had threadworms about 3 weeks ago,go tell your mum or dad and get them to take you to a doctor, the doctor will give you a tablet which everyone In the house has to take,it might sound scary but it's better to get it checked than suffer

My son is 4 he is complaning of itchy bum he's penis is itchy too I took him to the doctor 2times he had urine infeccion the 2times now is still with antibiotic he still itchy bum and penis too I don't know what to do!! Please help





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I am living in India. My daughter of 2 wakes up a few times in the night crying looks like with pain. Normally I will take her in my arms and rub her tommy. Than she will most of the time stop crying and fall asleep again. I also noticed that she is scratching her bum in the night. Does somebody knows what it is? I sometimes also see some white dots on her anus. I went to the doctor and she told me it is the diapers. and give me some anti worm for her to drink. She drank it but it stayed the same. Can somebody help.





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hi, my son is almost three and keeps complaining of a "poorly bum" and saying his "willy hurts" hes been to the doctors and checked for uti which was clear also treat for worms which also hasn't helped... does anyone have any idea what this could be? hes making himself really sore but doctor is saying "ignore him hes playing you"





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Report your doctor for saying that. He is the one playing his patients!

make sure you wash his bottom in the morning, every morning! and dry properly. push good hygiene after toileting, washing hands with good soap etc. keep your bathroom clean. and change his bedding once a week. all these things will help. and get some cream for his bum. my house is clean, but pushing for that higher standard has helped my wee boy





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