There are several possible causes of anal or rectal itching, and candida overgrowth is one of them. Remember the fungus likes warm and moist areas to grow which makes the anus one of the ideal environments for it. The problem with that area is that it has repeated contact with waste, small abrasions and irritation from wiping and so can be slower to heal and needs you to be persistent in your treatment there.
Causes of candida rectal itching
Candida rectal itching can be caused by a candida overgrowth in the bowels as well as an overgrowth in that actual area. It may also be if you are female that you have a vaginal yeast infection and this has spread to the rectal area causing candida rectal itching. Things that can trigger this problem include;
- Spicy foods
- Poor hygiene
- Synthetic clothing
- Not drying well after bathing
- Staying in damp or wet clothing
- Using harsh chemicals or perfumed products
- Poor diet
Treating and dealing with Candida rectal itching
While taking steps to treat the candida rectal itching you also need to change the trigger that caused it. Eat a healthy diet with no sugar and more fresh food, raw foods, whole grains, plain unsweetened yogurt, kefir, to reduce irritation eating more unrefined cold pressed flax seed oil can help soften your stools and lubricate the rectum walls. Other things you can do are;
- Take acidophilus as a supplement to top up the good bacteria in your body to fight the fungus
- Aloe vera or tea tree oil can offer some relief from the itching
- Avoid toilet paper, use a cotton cloth soaked in warm water
- Wear cotton underwear and loose clothing
- Change detergents, or soaps
- Try a hot sitz bath
- Over the counter anti-fungal creams, powders or sprays work for some people
- Your doctor can prescribe a stronger anti-fungal treatment if you are not having any success. This may be one of the azole anti-fungal drugs such as miconazole, clotrimazole or allylamines such as terbinafine or naftifine. Any can help with candida rectal itching.
- Detoxing may help as it will clear out the toxins the candida fungus is releasing into your body which is what causes the symptoms. There are several ways to detox, juicing is one – drink raw vegetables and low sugar fruits juiced. There are also kits you can buy from pharmacies that are for colon cleansing. This usually lasts a month. Pau d’arco tea is another thing you could try, it is a natural anti-fungal and so will help with a mild to moderate case of candida overgrowth.
- Easy to say, harder to do, but do not scratch! It makes the area more sore, more irritated, damages the area and can just keep prolonging the problem and undo any good any treatment you are taking is doing.