Topical treatment may also be recommended if there is an underlying source of pruritus ani like hemorrhoids. Lifestyle and home remedies can be beneficial for some anal itching sufferers as well. Such recommendations may include:
- Lukewarm oatmeal baths to help with itching
- Avoiding the temptation to scratch
- Wearing breathable, non-binding underwear
- Eating high-fiber foods to minimize issues with constipation or diarrhea that sometimes contribute to pruritus ani symptoms
- Avoiding irritants that may contribute to anal itching (e.g., heavily perfumed or hash soaps, genital deodorants, scented toilet paper, and bubble bath)
There are times when there is no clear reason for anal itching. Even when this is the case, topical medications usually help minimize symptoms. If an underlying reason for pruritus ani is suspected, such as issues related to diabetes or thyroid disease, focusing on the underlying source may result in noticeable improvements. The only "preventive" advice is to maintain a healthy weight, eat digestive-friendly foods, get regular exercise, and practice good anal and bathroom hygiene.