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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'm 13 n I keep getting bum worms I have has them 3 times in one month n it's really annoying how can i stop this from happening ?





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Hi I have a skin tag inside my bum. Had for a long time now it starts itching at night time the worse . I use all the creams still there what should I do about it bit skin tag





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Past few days I've had an ichy bumbhole it's really irritating and today I've started to ich my vagina what could this be?





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My bum started itching yesterday afternoon and then again in the evening (about 10pm) then it came back at about 12ish so I had a shower and this morning at 5am I got woken up by the itching so I had another shower (I didn't use soap in either shower because I didn't want to irritate it. I don't know what to do, I don't think it's worms but I don't want to go to the doctor!! :( :( :(





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I'm a 15 year old girl by the way

Our son will be 14 in July and is still faecally incontinent. He suffers from chronic constipation and leaks very loose and watery faeces now almost constantly. He is still unable to wipe himself properly. I assist him with every aspect of personal hygiene. He is currently in a mainstream school, but his bowel condition has got progressively worse to the point where he needs wiping every hour. He has severe dyspaxia, aspergers, ADHD, asthma and hayfever. Academically he is achieving very well, and is very bright despite the embarrassment of his bowel condition. His school is saying that they cannot provide the care that he needs. Are they legally obliged to provide a nurse for him???





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HELP!!! I am 14 and for the last 3 days my bum hole is realy itchy on the in side it's realy annoying and it's freeking me out can you please help me! :( thanks





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I've got threadworm and my partner doesn't believe me but I've seen them and can't stop the itching on a night is there anything to stop the itching and if I go to the doctor will we both have to be treated cause I dot think he will take anything for it as he says I'm being stupid





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they sell over the counter pills for threadworm. go to a pharmacy. They do a family pack for it.

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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