You can often do simple things yourself to ease an itchy bottom (anus). See a GP if the itching doesn’t stop.

How to ease an itchy bottom yourself

A pharmacist can help with an itchy bottom

You can ask the pharmacist if they have a private area where you can speak. They can suggest:

  • creams and ointments you can buy to help ease itching
  • medicine and things you should do at home if it’s caused by threadworms

See a GP if you have an itchy bottom that:

  • doesn’t ease after 3 or 4 days
  • keeps coming back
  • worries you or makes it hard to sleep
  • comes with itching elsewhere on the body

Common causes of an itchy bottom

There’s not always a clear cause of an itchy bottom. If it gets better quickly, it might have been caused by something that doesn’t need treatment, like sweating a lot in hot weather.

If it lasts for longer, you might be able to get an idea of the cause from any other symptoms you have. But don’t self-diagnose – see a GP if you’re worried.

Other symptoms with itchy bottom Possible causes
Gets worse at night, worms in poo (they look like small pieces of thread) threadworms, especially in children
Lumps, bright red blood and pain when pooing piles (haemorrhoids)
Poo leaking or pooing you can’t control diarrhoea or incontinence
Sores, swelling or irritation fungal infection, STI like genital warts
Itching elsewhere on the body skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis
While using long-term medication side effect of steroid creams, some gels and ointments for anal fissure, and peppermint oil

It’s unusual for an itchy anus on its own to be related to something more serious. But in rare cases, it may be a sign of something like anal or bowel cancer, so it’s important to get it checked by your GP.