I’m a doctor – here are 3 reasons your itchy butt and when to worry

We’ve all been through that.

You’ve been out all day when you suddenly feel the urge to itch your butt.

An itchy butt isn't usually a cause for concern - but there are exceptions


An itchy butt isn’t usually a cause for concern – but there are exceptionsPhoto credit: Getty
dr Christal Blanchard has revealed the three reasons why you might have an itchy butt


dr Christal Blanchard has revealed the three reasons why you might have an itchy buttCredit: tiktok/drchristalnd

Most of the time it’s not a cause for concern, but a doctor has shown when it might actually be a cause for concern.

Although it’s an uncomfortable topic, Dr. Christal Blanchard that it’s a lot more common than you think.

She told TikTok: “Don’t be embarrassed.

“Gather the information your body is giving you, and that way, you and your doctor can come up with the cause and a plan.”

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dr Blanchard said there are usually three main causes of an itchy butt and the first, she said, can mean you have a vitamin A deficiency.

She explained: “You can actually check that through your doctor who will do a blood test that could show a deficiency.

“If you start taking vitamin A, please consult your doctor as your liver enzymes will need to be monitored.

“Vitamin A can put a lot of strain on the liver if taken in too high a dose for too long,” she said.

Vitamin A is important because it supports your body’s natural defenses against disease and infection.

It also helps with low-light vision and may help preserve the skin’s lining.

Most people get what they need through diet, but if you need to increase your intake of vitamin A, you can also try adding cheese, oily fish, eggs, and milk to your routine.

The second reason you might have an itchy butt is, said Dr. Blanchard because you have low stomach acid.

To check this, she said, you can do tests at home, such as B. the baking soda challenge or a hydrochloric acid test.

Low stomach acid can contribute to symptoms such as heartburn, bloating, constipation and hair loss in women.

To take the baking soda challenge, you must take the test first thing in the morning before you eat or drink.


First, mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 120ml of water.

Drink it and set a timer to see how long it takes you to burp.

If you have enough stomach acid, you will burp within two to three minutes – any time after that can indicate low acid levels.

Other Causes of Itchy Butt You Need to Know

The NHS says there are a few other causes of itchy butt you need to know about:

  • worms
  • heap
  • Diarrhea
  • incontinence
  • tinea
  • STIs (like genital warts)
  • skin conditions such as eczema
  • Side effects of steroid creams

The official guidelines state: “It is unusual for an itchy butt to be linked to something more serious alone.

“But rarely it can be a sign of something like anal or colon cancer, so it’s important to get it checked out by a GP.”

Source: NHS

She added: “You can even just try apple cider vinegar and see if your symptoms improve.

“If you take apple cider vinegar, do it 15 minutes before meals and dilute it with some water.”

This, she added, can relieve your itchy butt and bloating.

dr Blanchard said the third reason you might feel a little uncomfortable down there isn’t for everyone.

She said, “It’s a parasite.

“If you have an itchy butt at night or feel restless at night, the cause of your itchy butt could be a parasite.”

In the UK this would be referred to as worms.

If you think you have worms you need to see your GP who can prescribe medication to kill them.

This usually lasts one to three days and the people you live with will also need treatment.

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