An “itchy butt” is one of the more embarrassing symptoms experienced by people who contact me.Whilst it may seem a little trivial, and certainly more annoying than life threatening, an itchy bum can be a sign of more significant issues that need to be dealt with.
I actually had a pretty itchy bum myself when I had a Candida overgrowth, which went away when I ran an herbal program to clear out the Candida.
In my six years’ experience as a functional medicine practitioner, I’ve seen (not literally!) people’s itchy bums being caused by a variety of things:
How and why does this happen?
Take a moment to imagine your digestive system as a cave network running through a mountain, with an entrance at each side of the mountain.
Well, the entrances represent your mouth and nose at one side, and your anus at the other.
Imagine there is one long tunnel through the mountain, but also lots of smaller tunnels branching away from this main tunnel.
So, the main tunnel is your digestive tract (mouth, esophagus, and the smaller tunnels represent your sinuses, lungs, pancreas, liver and gallbladder).
Now, imagine you light a fire in the middle of the main tunnel (assuming there’s enough oxygen to allow the fire to work!).
Is it reasonable to assume that, at some point, the smoke from the fire could reach any and every little corner of the cave network?
Of course it is.
Anything in your digestive tract causing inflammation (like a fire), has the chance to cause symptoms in other parts of the digestive system.
If you have problems with foods that are causing intestinal inflammation, if you have chronic digestive infections (bad bugs) causing inflammation in the tunnel somewhere, you can experience the symptoms ANYWHERE in the tunnel network.
This is how and why an “itchy ass” develops in most cases.
The truth is, if you have this embarrassing symptom, it could be any of the factors listed above.
How do you overcome an itchy ass?
First, change your diet – remove common problem foods like cow’s milk, sugar, grains, gluten and soy.
See if that helps (read my book, The H Pylori Diet, to learn more).
Second, get yourself tested using a comprehensive stool test. Find out which bad bugs you have, and then take the necessary steps to get rid of them.
If you have bad bugs like H. pylori, Salmonella, worms and Candida overgrowing in your stomach and intestines, having them cause an itchy ass is one thing, but the risk for long term symptoms and even disease is quite another.
Personally, there’s no way I’d be taking the risk.
And a simple stool test gives you all the answers you need to treat the cause, not the symptoms.
Don’t forget, they are done in the privacy of your own home – you just send off a sample in the packaging provided.
What’s more, if it comes back blank, you get a full refund.