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Why does this itch where the sun doesn't shine persist? (NSFW)

Asked by Mr_Saturn512 (507points) March 28th, 2017

I’ve been avoiding this for quite a while now because A) it’s embarrassing and B) well – it’s embarrassing.

I think it’s been 2 years now since I’ve had this itch near my anus that doesn’t seem to go away. At times after I put Neosporin or Vaseline or any other ointment it calms down. Then it flares up randomly and I’m like “Oh GOD I REALLY NEED TO SCRATCH IT RIGHT NOW” and excuse myself for the bathroom. At first I thought it was stress-related, because it seemed like the less I thought about it the less I needed to scratch. Then I thought that maybe I didn’t clean myself down there often enough? But even after I washed that area in the shower daily, the itch persisted.

I’m going to the doctor this Thursday for an unrelated note, and I’m thinking about bringing this up to him but I’m so goddamn embarrassed about it. I don’t know how I feel about an old man looking at my asshole. How do I even bring it up? What’s the technical phrase or term? “There’s an itch in my anus?” Just like that?

The only person who has looked at it is my girlfriend. She said it looks like there’s a cut there – a very slim cut. You don’t notice it right away – you have to really spread the cheeks apart to realize it’s there. There’s nothing that looks alarming – she took pictures of it. When the itch is incessant and I scratch really hard, then it bleeds a little.

Is this an anal fissure? But I read that those should have healed up by now. It also doesn’t hurt when I poop though. It only ever hurts when I scratch it too much. I also, on a last note, tried disinfecting it with isopropyl alcohol, which stung like hell.

And before you ask – No. I don’t do anything sexual there.

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anniereborn's avatar

Is it actually on the anus? I have had problems with fissures there on and off. When I have them sometimes they split a little when I poo. Sometimes even a little blood is on the toilet paper. And yes, sometimes it itches like hell.

When I eat a lot of fiber it seems to happen more.I have talked to my doctor about it and he said it was nothing to worry about.

That being said, of course, that is only MY situation.

Being a woman and having your privates looked at by a doctor every year makes you less embarrassed about asking them this kind of stuff. If it’s truly bothering you this much, I’d say to ask the doc.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Could also be pinworms or remnants of spicy food or this or that or this… Just ask your doc

Mr_Saturn512's avatar

@anniereborn

No, it’s near the anus. Pretty close. But not actually in the anus.

anniereborn's avatar

@Mr_Saturn512 Like around the perimeter? That’s where mine were.

kritiper's avatar

Yes, do ask the doctor about it.

Stinley's avatar

Could be haemorrhoids or an anal fissure. Mention it to your doctor. This is a common problem so they will see it a lot. Why suffer when it is simple to sort out? And if it isn’t a simple thing then getting it seen to sooner rather than later is best.

In any case, you doctor will ask about your bowel habits. Hard poo causes both these so a diet rich in fibre from cereals and vegetables is what they will recommend as a preventative. You may need to take a bulk forming laxative such as fibogel to get things moving easily.

This is in addition to medication your doctor would prescribe

canidmajor's avatar

Consider the possibility that you might have an ongoing yeast infection. Ask your doctor if a change in your diet could be beneficial.

Mr_Saturn512's avatar

I never updated this. I went to the doctor and he prescribed a special cream. I didn’t quite understand him when I asked him why this happened. All I got from him was that “it happens”. The cream made it go away after about a week. Once in a blue moon, the itch resurfaces and I apply the cream and it goes away again.

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