Rashes are kind of the worst, no matter where they are on your body. But getting one on your butt? That's a whole 'nother level of misery. Have you ever discreetly scratched a butt itch in public? No, because you can't. Inconvenience aside, they're also a little concerning.
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Anal itching, also referred to as pruritus ani, is a rash or irritation of the skin just outside of the anal opening. Usually raw and chapped, small ulcers or sores may also be present on the skin. This can cause severe itching, burning and even pain. When toilet paper is used to wipe the anal area after bowel movements, it has a tendency to smear some of the bowel movement material over the anal skin. Dry toilet paper cannot remove all of this stool material.
There are few things more annoying than an itch you can't quite scratch—especially when it affects your butt hole. That's because the area has a high concentration of nerve endings, meaning anal irritation may feel much more intense than, say, a bug bite on your arm. Luckily, it's easy to get relief from the issue formally known as " pruritis ani ," the fancy, Latin phrase for "itchy anus. Stool that's too soft and mushy can cause itching if traces slip out of the anus after you've wiped and left the bathroom, according to Dr.