Also commonly known as itchy bottom
Characterised by the constant need to scratch of the skin surrounding the anus
Its a symptom rather than a condition

3 Causes

  • Bacterial infections – Streptococcus alpha (skin) and beta hemolytic (digestive system & vagina)
  • Skin condition – Atopic Eczema (red, dry skin and flaky skin)
  • Hemorrhoids – swelling that contains enlarge blood vessels around and inside the anus


Heat, stress, anxiety, moisture, woolen clothing/blanket and soiling


  • Affects approximately 5% of the population
  • Occurs most common in men
  • Seen more often between 40 – 70 years of age