4. Working Out
Moisture is a common cause of butt irritation, which means sweating can aggravate the area. Again, Dr. Frado recommends showering after exposure to the irritant, then completely drying the anus. "Pat it down with a towel or even try blow-drying the area," she advises. (Use a cool setting.)
These form when the blood vessels in your rectum fill up with too much blood, either from straining to go to the bathroom, sitting for too long, or increased pressure on the veins from pregnancy, for example. "For the majority of people, it's a temporary issue that will calm down over time," Dr. Frado says. She recommends incorporating more fiber into your diet, since soluble fiber works by pulling water into your stool and therefore softening it, without giving you diarrhea. You can also try a product like Preparation H to calm the swelling and itching. (Learn more about hemorrhoids here.)
Fissures are tiny cracks along the exit of the rectum typically caused by the passage of hard stool, and because of their location they can take a while to go away, especially if you keep having harder poops. "I like to relate it to when you have a cracked lip," Dr. Frado says. "Every time you smile, you crack open your lip again." She often has her patients start eating more fiber or taking a fiber supplement to help.
7. Acidic Foods
"What I say once people start having irritation and itching is, ‘Pay attention to your diet,'" Dr. Frado says. If you're consuming too many acidic foods, like tomatoes or citrus fruits, she says those could be culprits, as well as coffee, beer, or dairy products. Keeping a food diary can help you determine what's causing your specific irritation.
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