Anal yeast infection can often be caused by yeast in the digestive system or vagina that has migrated to the anus. A classic symptom of an anal Candida infection is intense itch in the perianal area. This itchiness can be exacerbated by the rubbing of underwear, pressure, and moisture in that area. Secondly, intense burning of the anal region can also result due to fungal invasion of that area. Also, sexual activity with a person with a penile yeast infection or oral thrush could lead to an anal yeast infection if direct contact with an infected body part occurs. Consequently, if you do engage in anal sex, you should avoid doing this while yeast is present. Although transmission of the yeast between sexual partners is unlikely, it can happen. So, to stop the cycle of repeated Candida infection, undergo a natural antifungal therapy and stop having anal sex until you recover.
One might wonder if homosexual males are more likely to develop an anal yeast infection; as frequent anal sex may aggravate the anus and allow for direct contact with a Candida infected penis. The answer is, according to a professional study we will discuss shortly, that sexually active homosexual males may have a very slight increase in anal Candidiasis occurrence; but, nothing to really worry about. And, men who engage in anal intercourse will be more fortunate as they likely will have a lower rate of balanitis caused by Candida--while men who have vaginal intercourse often have a more frequent occurrence of this type of balanitis.
According to Karen Powell, in her article (published in Nursing and Residential Care [2012 14:12, 637-641]) on Candida infections in older adults, states that surface skin and mucous membrane problems due to these fungi are very, very common. The types of common superficial yeast infections include perianal dermatitis (irritation of the anus caused by something; in this case yeast), Candida balanitis, skin yeast infections, and intertrigo. So don’t feel like you are weird or have an unusual problem--this type of problem happens to a lot of people. Candida isn’t a bacteria, and over cleaning can worsen your anal irritation and pain. So, cleaning isn’t going to do much, you need to take out the Candida and let the perianal area heal up. It may sound unusual, but one medical text even stated that some people with severe anal itching commit suicide due to this problem. Natural medicine is very effective; and, you should be able to easily get rid of this problem using it!
Candida and Anal Itching (Pruritus ani)
A relevant question to this topic is ”do males who engage in homosexual activity have a different rate of anal Candidiasis?” A study published in Genitourinary Medicine [73.5 (1997): 394-396] shows that the rate of anal Candidiasis is quite similar between heterosexual and homosexual men. The study used 223 heterosexual men and 193 homosexual men; each of these groups the men had engaged in sexual activity within the last three months. 14% of heterosexual men and 18% of homosexual men had anal yeast infections. Of the varying types of yeast infections, there was a slightly elevated rate of various forms of Candidiasis among heterosexual men. The rate of penile Candida colonization was 16%. Of these 16% with male yeast infections, 27% of this fraction had balanitis, and 37% were symptomatic (meaning they had some noticeable problem due to the yeast). Again, the researchers reported that those individuals who had anal intercourse had a lower occurrence rate of Candidal balanitis--as compared to the men who had vaginal intercourse (and, these practicing heterosexual men had a higher rate of Candidal balanitis). The most common symptoms correlated with penile yeast infections included burning and itching after sexual intercourse.
In vaginal yeast infections, itching around the vulva and associated skin is a common symptom. Candida can irritate the skin and cause itching where it occurs; and, if Candida is colonizing the anus, it can also cause anal itching. If you do scratch these itches, try and wash your hands immediately if they come into direct contact with the yeast. Although probably unlikely, you could spread the yeast to other areas of the body with your hands.
According to the authors of Improved Outcomes in Colon and Rectal Surgery, anal itching and irritation attacks men more than women; 4 men will get this condition for every 1 woman who does. Most people find that hot, humid weather makes this condition worse. Exercise can also aggravate anal itching. Excessive scratching or cleaning of the anus can cause this condition to become even worse. Wearing close fitting clothing or clothing made from fabrics that seal in air also can cause this condition. However, if you notice white lesions or spots on the anus, these could be Candida lesions. Also, if you have a history of taking antibiotics, you are also going to be more likely to have anal itching caused by yeast.
A study, published in Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift [118.3-4 (2006): 90-94], found that Candidiasis was a prominent cause of anal itching and inflammation. The study was conducted over a 4 year time interval and analyzed 126 individuals from both sexes. The individuals were aged from 7 to 82 years, and 57.1% of the patients in the study were males. All of those who participated in the study were presumed to have anal eczema. The patients had been experiencing anal irritation between 6 days and 120 months; over half had symptoms for at least 12 months. A little under half (46%) of the patients in the study were presumed to have contact eczema. Note that in the study, the researchers made no distinction between intertrigo (inflammation of the skin folds by a pathogen) and specific Candidiasis. Some of the intertrigo was due to Candida, however. The study related that the most common type of anal infection is infact a fungal infection. The study found the following disorders were responsible for the anal irritation and itching in the remaining half (54%) of patients:
- Intertrigo / Candidiasis (42.9%)
- Atopic Dermatitis (6.3%)
- Pruritus ani (5.6%)
- Psoriasis (3.2%)
- Skin Atrophy from Steroid Use (2.4%)
A study, published in the Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England [90.6 (2008): 457], cited research that indicated fungal infections were responsible for about 15% of all excessive anal itching. Consequently, yeast from the gut could be the cause of your anal itching, but chances are, most anal itching is not caused by Candida. Even the study in Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift [118.3-4 (2006): 90-94] showed that Candida is not the cause for the majority of anal itching; as Candida likely only accounted for a fraction of those who had intertrigo. However, if you’ve taken steroids, systemic antibiotics, or are diabetic this would increase the probability of the cause being yeast.
Some of the symptoms of Candida causing anal infections and itching, taken from Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery [17.4 (2004): 241], are given in the following quotation:
The yeast Candida albicans can cause both candidal intertrigo found between the gluteal folds and also a perianal dermatitis (anal inflammation and itching). These conditions can often be precipitated by use of oral antibiotic agents, steroid use, and pregnancy. Intertrigo (inflammation of the skin folds) develops in moist environments, causing pruritic, red patches with a fringe of “collarette” scale. There can also be associated small white pustules located near the patches, as well as “satellite” erythematous macules (red patches on smooth skin). Perianal candidiasis presents with pruritis ani and a more localized erythema (skin redness), around the anus.
Another study of 174 proctological patients demonstrates the prevalence of anal yeast infections. And, the study gives us an idea of how common Candida is responsible for anal itching. The study was published in the British Journal of Surgery [72.12 (1985): 967-969]. Of the proctological patients who were experiencing anal itching 21 of 77 were positive for Candida in their anus. Of those patients who did not experience anal itching 25 of 97 were positive for Candida. In total, about 26.4% of the proctological patients had an anal yeast infection. So, it is not absolute that anal itching always means Candida is the cause. It could be; however, there are other causes of anal itching that are beyond the scope of this article.
Anal Yeast Infection Symptoms & Causes
According to the book Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology [Elsevier Health Sciences; 2015], anal yeast infections symptoms include damaged skin, reddened skin, oozing of fluids, and these infections frequently causes anal itching (pruritus ani). In some cases lesions around the primary infection (satellite lesions) can occur; in other instances, lesions do not appear. The authors also state that burning sensations and itching can become very severe.
Another book, Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases [Elsevier Health Sciences; 2014], also discusses the symptoms and causes of anal yeast infections. According to the authors, the etiology of an itchy anus can be any number of organisms, working alone or in congress. Yet, the book states that Candida is a very common cause of this condition. If not checked, the yeast can spread towards the scrotum or vulva. Symptoms of this problem include intense reddening of the skin and general damage to the skin.
The book, The ASCRS Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery [Springer Science & Business Media, 2011] also talks about anal yeast infections. According to the authors, this condition frequently causes bright red areas on the skin. Also, bumps with pus (more on yeast infection bumps) also form around the primary area of infection (known as satellite pustules). The authors also state that the causes of pruritus ani (anal itching) almost never happen just in the anal area alone; these causal diseases also regularly are harbored in other body locations. The book also cites a study that found that coffee consumption caused a reduction in anal resting pressure (the force the muscles use to contract while at rest) in about 73% of patients. A lowered anal resting pressure may lead to feces leakage; possibly one key cause of anal itching.
Another possible indicator of an anal Candida invasion is the appearance of white patches or lesions on or around the anus. These lesions may bleed slightly when scraped away. The microscopic Candida fungi that cause infections are white in appearance. Thus, when a lot of yeast is colonizing an area, there can be white patches of yeast. This is a very powerful visual indicator that you can look for at home to help understand what is bothering your anal skin.
Naturally Cure Anal Yeast Infections
The solution to curing an anal yeast infection is quite similar to treating any type of external Candidiasis. A good natural solution to treating the anus is to mix various antifungal herbs and essential oils in honey and simply apply it to the anus. Keep in mind that you should try and not add too much dry ingredients to the honey as you want it to retain its viscosity. Also, it would probably be best to apply the honey / herb mixture before you go to bed at night. That way, you can let the mixture stay in direct contact with the anus for a prolonged period of time. When you wake up in the morning, you can simply wash the honey / herb mixture off!
One thing to avoid at all costs when dealing with anal itching is to try and not scratch to frequently or too vigorously. Excess, hard scratching of the anus can only make the irritation worse; so, try and do less intense scratching! Also, excessive cleaning of the anus can further aggravate your itching. Your problem is not a dirty anus if it is Candida; and, excess washing only worsens this condition no matter what the cause of it is. So stop any extreme washing you may have been doing to resolve the itch--this is just making things worse.
You may want to try a strong concentration of tea tree oil mixed with a few drops of oregano oil and slightly diluted in some coconut oil. You can even also opt for aloe vera gel as a medium instead of coconut oil. Aloe vera is an adequate antifungal plant; so the gel alone will help to halt the spread of Candida. Aloe vera gel may be able to soothe the itch and any burning your are feeling in your anal region (more on aloe vera for Candida here). Whatever medium you decide to go with, simply mix these oils up with the medium and apply it to the anus. You should feel a soothing tingling sensation from the tea tree oil. And, the therapeutic effect of the essential oils and coconut oil will help to heal a wide array of pathogenic microorganisms that are causing your itching--Candida included. You might want to use an essential oil treatment a few times a day. This should help to consistently deliver antifungal phytochemicals to the Candida colonizing the anus. By keeping up your chemical warfare in this manner, you should be able to expedite the healing of your anal skin.
Perhaps another critical therapy to undergo, especially if this isn’t your first anal yeast infection, is to eliminate Candida in the gut. Candida Hub’s gut yeast infection article describes how to naturally start cleansing the digestive system of Candida invaders. By restoring the dominance of probiotic bacteria in the gut and eliminating excess yeast, you may eliminate the source of your recurrent anal Candida infections. You can read more about gut yeast problems and learn about a natural cleanse you can do to eliminate Candida in that area and start restoring the health of your digestive system here: Gut Yeast Infections.
A Natural, Safe, 12 Hour Yeast Infection Cure
Yeast infecting the anus can be cured much like vaginal yeast infections. One woman, Sarah Summer, suffered from recurrent vaginal yeast infections. Summer never seemed to be free of her Candida problem for very long; shortly after using a treatment that eliminated her symptoms, she would develop another yeast infection.
This cycle of treating symptoms and Candida coming back shortly thereafter went on for some time. Until, Sarah developed a particularly severe vaginal yeast infection. She knew this new problem was different than what she had experienced before; so, she quickly went to her physician. Once examined, Sarah’s doctor told her that the yeast infection she had was not only difficult to treat, it was impossible to cure. Faced with having to endure this malady for the foreseeable future, she decided to look for answers.
Together with her husband Robert, the two began to research Candidiasis and try a variety of treatments that promised results. After a lot of work, and buying a lot of products, Sarah discovered how to address the root causes of her vaginal yeast infection. By dealing with the root causes of her infections, she developed a highly efficacious, natural remedy. Once she tried her therapy, she found she was totally free of her yeast infection. Additionally, the recurrence stopped as well--no more repeat Candida infections!
Sarah shared her therapy with others and would get reports back that said yeast infections were cleared up and gone within 12 hours of undergoing the treatment. Sarah decided to publish her findings and her book is available for as a PDF for instant download. Sarah also offers a 100% money back guarantee on her book; and so if you have any problems with it you can quickly get your investment back. Summer’s book is published by a subsidiary of Keynetics Incorporated. You can learn more about Sarah’s story and her book at her website.
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