Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition characterized by patches of flaky, dry, and itchy skin. While it commonly occurs in children, it can develop at any age. Although the red rash tends to develop on the hands, feet, upper chest, and inside the bend of the elbows and knees, it can also appear on the anus. In this post, we’ll provide some helpful tips for treating anal eczema naturally.
Please keep in mind that although what we discuss in this post can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.
Symptoms of Anus Eczema
While eczema is a chronic condition, symptoms tend to flare periodically. This means that you may go through stages where symptoms are hardly noticeable and others where you are experiencing intense flare-ups. Although symptoms may vary from person to person, here are common symptoms of anus eczema to look out for:
- Intense itchiness
- Dry or scaling skin
- Patches of red rashes
- Burning or stinging sensation
- Swelling or inflammation
Causes of Eczema on Anus
Like all forms of eczema, the exact cause of anus eczema is unknown. However, researchers believe the condition is linked to genetic and environmental factors. Common triggers for anal eczema can include fabric irritants such as wool, polyester, and latex.
Other external substances that can cause a reaction or exacerbate symptoms include harsh chemicals or fragrances found in soaps or other bathing products. When the skin comes into contact with these irritants, the body may react with an inflammatory response and a flare-up may ensue.
Natural Treatments for Anal Eczema
One of the challenges of treating anal eczema is that it is hidden on a part of the body that is often associated with embarrassment. In addition, perianal skin is more sensitive, making itchiness and pain more severe than eczema in other areas of the body.
Finally, regular defecation and cleaning habits can result in permanent skin irritation, delay the healing of the condition, and even increase the likelihood of leading to secondary disease.
For all these reasons, we cannot stress enough the importance of treating anal eczema naturally.
While this is easier said than done, excessive scratching can lead to the vicious itch-scratch cycle. This will only exacerbate symptoms and possibly pave the way for infection. Unfortunately, feelings of itchiness can tend to feel worse at night, making it difficult to sleep. We recommend keeping your fingernails trimmed short to limit the damage if scratching does occur and protecting your skin by wearing gloves. Check out our soothing gloves for adults and kids. Made from biodegradable bamboo, they are comfortable to wear all night to prevent scratching.
Change your Hygiene Habits
When bathing, be sure to use lukewarm water as opposed to hot. Hot water has a tendency to further dry out the skin and may exacerbate symptoms. When finished, be sure to gently pat dry with a soft towel instead of rubbing. You should aim to avoid excessive moisture around your anus as much as possible. Do not put on underwear until your anus is completely dry.
Use a Natural Soap
Scented soaps, perfumes, bubble baths, and other body washing products are all potential irritants. We recommend you switch to a natural cleansing product such as this Grass Fed Tallow Soap. Moisturizing and nourishing, it’s made the old fashioned way with just lye, water and grass fed tallow. We also recommend this Tallow Bar Soap with Zinc. It's the perfect addition to your paleo skin care routine.
Apply a Mild Cream
Applying a natural emollient like this Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream can help combat the drying effects of eczema and relieve itchiness. This gentle oil-based balm is perfect for sensitive areas of the body because it’s made with just six, all-natural ingredients. Plus, its Manuka ingredients offer anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the risk of infection.
Wear Eczema-Friendly Underwear
When dealing with anal eczema, it’s important to wear allergy free underwear to keep your skin safe from irritants and allergens. We recommend our latex-free, spandex-free, and elastic-free options. Our protective underwear will not only soothe irritated skin, but will help prevent chafing or sweaty-irritation thanks to their moisture-wicking properties. Here are our favourites:
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.