This is a common question we get asked. Probably many more people wonder the same thing but aren’t brave enough to ask.

The most common causes are:

  • Candida overgrowth in the bowel
  • Dysbiosis (too much bad bacteria in the intestines)
  • Intestinal worms (especially pin worms)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • A side effect of chronic diarrhea or fecal incontinence. If the area is continually moist, this can cause irritation and itching to the skin.
  • A fistula (an abnormal passageway from the intestine to the skin surrounding the anus, usually as a result of inflammatory bowel disease).
  • Psoriasis
  • Anal fissure (a tear in the skin)
  • Abnormal sensitivity to spices in foods.

Most cases are due to an overgrowth of harmful bugs in the intestines, which can be corrected with diet changes and supplements. If those remedies don’t help, please see your doctor to rule out a serious condition.

For information on how to correct these digestive problems, see the book Heal Your Gut: An A to Z Guide.