Your doctor may be able to diagnose the cause of your itching simply by asking you questions about your symptoms, medical history and personal care habits. If pinworms are suspected, your doctor may suggest doing a test for pinworms. You may also need a physical exam, including a digital rectal exam. If the cause of your itching isn't obvious or it doesn't respond to initial treatment, your doctor may refer you to a skin specialist dermatologist. It's possible the cause of the itching may never be identified. Treatment of anal itching depends on the cause of the problem. It may include taking self-care measures such as nonprescription anti-itch cream or treating an infection or hemorrhoids.
If your child keeps scratching their bottom, there are a few different causes to explore. Check to make sure they are thoroughly wiping, since this is one of the most common reasons for anal itching in young children, especially those who are just learning to use the potty. Toddlers and young children may complain of an itchy anus or you may see redness or irritation in the area.
The ailment is known as pruritus ani , meaning "itchy anus" in Latin. Talk about a straightforward translation. Some people have "primary" pruritus ani, which means their anus is itchy for no apparent underlying reason.