Posted by: Betty on: April 30, 2013
Young children are often found scratching their buttocks over and over again. This medical condition is known as pruritis ani and is characterized by constant irresistible urge to scratch the anus. The urge may occur at any time but is increased usually at night time or after passing stool. This is a serious health issue as constant itching can cause redness of the skin.
There are several identifiable reasons for having itchy buttocks in children. Sometimes, the cause cannot be pinpointed which is known as idiopathic pruritis ani. Some of the known causes of itchy buttocks in children can be listed as:
Poor hygiene: Proper hygiene should be maintained by cleaning anus after passing feces. Fecal remnants if left on the skin can cause itchy buttocks in children. Therefore children should be monitored to see how they clean their anus.
Excessive cleaning: Frequent and vigorous cleaning with dry wipes, soap or washcloth causes irritation of the skin. Excessive cleaning also washes out the natural oil of the skin which makes the skin dry and prone to infections.
Pin worms: This is the most common cause of itchy buttocks in children of school going age. These are small white worms named entrobious vermicularis which infect the intestine. Presence of worms is diagnosed by applying sticking tape to the anus at night time. If worms will be present they will stick to the tape and can be found on the tape. These rarely pose a health risk and can easily be eradicated. If their number in intestine increases significantly then they can cause vomiting and nausea.
Chemical irritation: Sometimes use of scented soaps can irritate the skin if it is of sensitive nature. Also the child may be sensitive to toilet tissue or to a particular ointment being used on the buttocks. Use of medicated or perfumed powder can cause irritation which leads to itching of the buttocks in children.
Dietary products: Certain foods such as milk or other dairy products, caffeine present in tea, beer, citrus fruits, coffee and chocolates, tomatoes, nuts and spicy foods can cause irritation to the skin while passing stools.
Lactose intolerance: Lactose intolerance is among the secondary causes of itchy buttocks in children. In lactose intolerance the child cannot digest lactose which is milk sugar. The inability to produce lactase (enzyme needed for digestion of lactose) results in cramping and diarrhea. Excessive diarrhea also leads to irritation of anal region due to constant wiping and cleaning.
Scabies: Scabies is a contagious skin infection caused by Sarcoptes scabei and is very common in child care facilities and in nursing homes where there is frequent skin to skin contact. It causes rash and itching of buttocks in children. This itching becomes worse after a hot bath or at night in bed. In addition to anal region, itching is also experienced in the genital region.
If the child complains itchy buttocks which does not go away with proper hygiene then a physician should be consulted to confirm the cause and appropriate treatment.
Posted by: Betty on: April 7, 2013
Itchy buttocks is a condition which is also known as pruritis ani. The hall mark of itchy buttocks is intense itching at night as compared to the day time. The severity of itching varies and is increased by various factors such as rubbing of anal region, type of clothing worn, hygiene of the person and some such factors.
Itchy buttock is not a disease itself but rather a symptom of an underlying disease. The itching is usually accompanied with
Some of the causes of having itchy buttocks at night are:
Excessive cleaning: Repeated and vigorous cleaning of the anal region with dry wipes, soap or washcloth causes irritation of the skin and washes out the natural oil making the skin dry and prone to developing infections.
Improper hygiene: Improper cleaning of anal region after defecation (passing of feces) leaves remnants of feces on the skin of buttocks causing irritation of skin and accompanied itching especially at night. This can affect any age group but is usually seen in children.
Chemical irritation: Sometimes use of scented soaps or detergents can irritate the skin if it is of sensitive nature. Also a person may be sensitive to toilet tissue or to a particular ointment being used on the buttocks. Use of medicated or perfumed powder can also cause irritation leading to itching of buttocks at night.
Food and dietary products: Certain foods can cause irritation of the skin while passing stools. Such products are milk or other dairy products, caffeine present in tea, coffee and chocolates, beer, citrus fruits, tomatoes, nuts and spicy foods.
Skin type: If a person has dry skin, the level of moisture in the anal region is less. This can lead to cracks in the skin of anal region and skin folding which causes irritation and persistent itching in the buttocks at night.
Fungal infections: If the anal region is kept moist then fungus can grow and make colonies in buttocks. Fungal infections of buttocks are common in people having diabetes.
Anal fissure: Anal fissure is defined as a tear in skin of the anus. This is an extremely painful condition which gets worse while passing feces. It is most commonly found in persons suffering from constipation or those who have difficulty passing stools due to hard feces. Bleeding from anal fissure can excoriate the skin around anus resulting in itching at night.
Skin conditions: Certain skin conditions can cause itching of buttocks at night such as scabies, which is a contagious skin infection and is more common in elderly and those who live in nursing care facilities. Other skin conditions which can cause of itchy buttocks are atopic eczema, psoriasis or allergic contact dermatitis.
The itching of buttocks at night can be prevented by
Posted by: Betty on: March 19, 2013
Buttocks are excessively used part of body and they receives direct abuse from different factors causing their wear and tear. Buttock is also the area which is difficult to reach and hard to clean. So any infection or change in skin that causes itchy buttocks goes unchecked till the condition worsens to an extreme degree. Itchy buttocks during pregnancy are very common condition. The itching of buttocks can be due to physiological and pathological causes.
The physiological causes of itchy buttocks during pregnancy include dryness of skin, stretching of skin, excessive rubbing and hormonal changes. Dryness of skin is the common cause of itchy buttocks during pregnancy. The skin of buttocks become dry during pregnancy and become more prone to get damaged by daily wear and tear processes causing intense itching. Skin of female body stretches during pregnancy. This stretching of skin causes uneasiness and an extreme desire to rub the skin of buttocks. Excessive rubbing of buttocks lead to damage and ulceration of skin. Hormonal changes during pregnancy also causes stretching and dryness of skin. Fall in estrogen levels causes increase itching on the buttocks.
Pathological causes of itchy buttocks during pregnancy includes herpes gestationis, plaques of pregnancy, prurigo of pregnancy and yeast hole infection .Herpes gestationis is an autoimmune blistering of skin causing itchy buttocks during pregnancy. It usually develops during second or third trimesters of pregnancy and is characterized by formation of blisters and rashes all over the body especially buttocks. Plaques of pregnancy or polymorphic uticarial papules are hive like blisters that develop during third trimester especially in multigravida females (females that had more than one pregnancy) or females having twins. The exact cause of plaques of pregnancy is still unknown but it is believed that distension of skin plays an important role in their formation. Prurigo of pregnancy is a rare condition and is an eruption consisting of excoriated, pruritic papules. It usually develops during late second trimester and early third trimester of pregnancy and goes away soon after birth. The exact cause is unknown but is believed to be caused by atopic dermatitis. Yeast hole infection is another cause of itchy buttocks during pregnancy. Yeast likes dark and moist places so buttocks are an excellent place for yeasts to grow and reproduce. This yeast infection in turn causes serious itching of buttocks.
In addition, several other factors can cause itchy buttocks during pregnancy. These factors include poor hygiene of the anal area, hemorrhoids, and infectious agents like bacteria, worms, fungus, chemicals, some food types, skin conditions and tumors. Itchy buttocks in children are mainly due to the infection caused by parasites e.g. pinworms. Several parasites like pinworms, ascaris etc. move towards the anal area during night to lay eggs and reproduce causing intense itching of buttocks at night. Less common causes of itchy buttocks include xerotic eczema, senile pruritis, malignancy, chronic renal failure, obstructive biliary disease, buttock rash and neurodermatitis.
Treatment of itchy buttocks during pregnancy includes observing proper hygiene, steroids, anti-biotic and antifungal medicine.
Posted by: Betty on: March 10, 2013
In itchy buttocks there is an extreme desire to scratch the skin on buttock. It is normal for a person to scratch his or her armpits or head in public but it becomes extremely embarrassing situation if the person has to scratch his buttock frequently. In such conditions it becomes difficult to sit, walk, run or even concentrate properly on work. Itchy buttocks are very common because the buttock is an excessively used part of the body. Buttock bear pressure during sitting, running or by the fabric of tight underwear and clothes. Itchy buttocks are also very common because buttock is an area difficult to approach and it comparatively difficult to maintain the hygiene of buttocks. Any infection on buttocks may go unnoticed till it develops extreme itching or soreness.
Common signs of itchy buttocks include strong and frequent urge to rub the skin on buttock, soreness and pain. Several factors aggravate this condition like anxiety, hot climate and humidity, intense rubbing, soiling (defecating in one’s clothes), tight fabrics and unsafe sexual relations (mostly in homosexuals). The commonest cause of itchy buttocks is poor hygiene of the anal area. If a person doesn’t wash his anal area after defecation then this area becomes an ideal place for the growth of bacteria and fungus. Moreover the remnants of the feces cause irritation of the anal area and develop sore patches. Buttocks get very itchy during hemorrhoids in which blood vessels rupture during defecation and are very common in pregnant women and people having improper bowel movements.
Itchy buttocks are also caused by infectious agents like bacteria, worms and fungus, chemicals, some food types, skin conditions and tumors. Several bacteria like Chlamydia trachomatis, transferred commonly in homosexuals, cause itchy buttocks. Worms like pinworms are commonly transferred in children that do not wash their hands after playing in dirt. Fungus like yeast commonly grows around the anal area that has the perfect environment for their growth. Chemicals like soaps, detergents, laundry agents, body sprays and perfumes irritate the skin and cause itchy buttock. Some food stuff like hot sauces and spices when excreted cause intense itching. Improper use of toilet papers is also a major reason, the texture and chemicals added in toilet papers harm the skin of buttocks and cause itching. Skin type also matters; if the skin on the buttock is very dry it peels off easily and cause itching but too much moisture is also not advisable. Skin conditions like eczema, dandruff, and psoriasis etc. also cause itchy buttocks.
Itchy buttocks in Pregnancy are also very common and are due to the stretching of skin during pregnancy. In some female it is attributed to the “plaques of pregnancy”, papules that develop on skin around buttock. Children usually develop itching on their buttocks due to the infection caused by parasites like pinworms. Buttocks become very itchy at night because several parasites like pinworms, ascaris etc move to the anal area during night to lay eggs and reproduce causing itchy buttocks. Buttock hole yeast infections are very common are very common because yeast likes to live in dark and moist places. The treatment of itchy buttocks includes observing proper hygiene, steroids, anti-biotic and antifungal medicine.