I was asked for suggestions to help someone who has continued to suffer from itchiness on her rectum even while following a customized anti-inflammatory diet based on her MRT results and after completing a candida cleanse. She wondered if perhaps the itchiness could be due to parasites.
In my opinion, it never hurts to do an herbal parasite cleanse as long as you do not have an anaphylactic allergic reaction to walnuts (a sensitivity doesn’t matter). I myself have done the herbal protocol at least 3 times, my son has done it twice, my husband at least 5 times, and my daughter did it for the first time at nine years old after the whole family became infected after eating an an upscale Mexican restaurant in Escondido, California.
Certainly there are parasites that hang out around the anus and cause itching. Pin worms are an example of these. An herbal parasite cleanse like the one I have used with hundreds of patients in my clinic is simply a protocol of taking four different herbs over the course of about a month. It comes with an included follow-up counseling session with me as well, so we can assess your progress and determine if there is more needed.
She might also benefit from a 24-hour enzyme urinalysis that would show if the candida problem is fully cleared and if specific enzymes to cut through the candida biofilm might help.
Additionally, anal itching can be due to external factors, so it’s good to check your environment and personal care products as well as potential problems like a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
To this list of potential irritants to the genital area, I would add the following suggestions:
- Stop using dryer sheets (these things are seriously toxic!) and clean the inside of the dryer drum from dryer sheet residue.
- Use an organic, unscented laundry detergent.
- Re-wash all underwear that was washed and dried with a non-organic laundry detergent or dryer sheets.
- Use only organic, natural, and unscented shampoo, conditioner, and soap/body wash.
- If using coconut oil instead of soap down there doesn’t seem like it’s helping after a week, or if you’re sensitive to coconut, try a glycerin-based vitamin E soap instead.
- Put Florosone, a remarkably effective homeopathic cream, on an organic cotton pad and apply liberally to the anal area. An initial stinging or mild burning may occur, but should disappear shortly. The Florosone will decrease the swelling and calm the itching like magic.
- Apply Green Earth Farms’ Calendula Creme to offer healing and soothing to the irritated areas of the anus and rectum. I prefer the one that uses a vegetable jelly base to the lanolin base.
If she hadn’t already taken the MRT food sensitivities test and been following the customized LEAP diet from the MRT results, then I would have advised this as a next step if the itching continues.
On a rather awkward topic, I am working with a client complaining about an itchy butt.
Itching in the genital areas can be due to irritation from wiping after toileting to dermatitis, parasites, food sensitivities, or infections. Here are some suggestions for home treatments to stop that itching between your legs:
- Use only unscented, dye-free toilet paper, or better yet, a bidet.
- Wear cotton underpants during the day and sleep without underwear.
- Stop using soap on your genitals. Virgin coconut oil is a better choice for cleansing and moisturizing delicate mucous-producing areas.
- Take a sitz bath. Dissolve 1-2 cups of Epsom Salts in a bath tub of warm water and sit and soak for twenty minutes at a time.
- Keep the area clean and dry. Dust with cornstarch to absorb sweat during times of need.
- Switch to organic tampons and sanitary napkins. The bleaching agents and synthetic fibers in conventional brands can be irritating.
- Adjust your birth control. Switch brands of lube or condoms — many spermicides can cause itchiness. Have your IUD checked. You may be reacting to your lover’s sperm, which could be solved by using condoms. Talk to your doctor about trying a different birth control pill.
- Check for worms. Just before bed, stretch a piece of cellophane tape (Scotch tape) across your opened anus. Remove tape in the morning and check for eggs or worms. If any are found, present tape to a G.I. specialist for worming medication.
- Inspect the itching with a mirror. Does it look like a rash? Does it come and go? Is there a concentric circle of inflammation around the anus? It could be a hypersensitivity reaction to a food you are eating. Keep a food diary or consider testing for food sensitivities.
- Assess for a vaginal yeast infection. Do you have excessive, cheesy discharge along with itching and burning? Swab a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide across your labia; if it fizzes, that indicates yeast. You may douche with a combination of 3% hydrogen peroxide (available at any drugstore) and water or use an over-the-counter topical yeast treatment for a few days to kill the yeast, and be sure to take plenty of probiotics to assure a healthy regeneration of the vaginal environment.
If the itching continues or you see wart-like bumps, consider getting tested for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Your local Planned Parenthood can do this quickly and anonymously, if needed. Additionally, some oral medications may provoke itching in the rectum. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to determine if this could be a side effect from another drug or a drug interaction.
Let me know if you have any remedies I might have missed by leaving them in the comments below!