Rectal itching is unpleasant. Often associated with hemorrhoids, rectal itching also occurs in the absence of any readily recognizable reason for the uncomfortable condition. A variety of over-the-counter medications exist for rectal or anal itching, most including zinc oxide as an ingredient, according to MayoClinic.com. Different home or natural remedies exist, thought to control or resolve rectal itching. On the list of these remedies is garlic. No authoritative studies exist supporting the effectiveness of garlic as an effective treatment for rectal itching. In addition, consult your doctor before using any type of alternative treatment for a condition like rectal itching.
Remove a clove from a fresh garlic bulb. Cloves are the individual segments that make up the garlic bulb.
Remove the husk from the garlic clove.
With a sharp paring knife, peel away the skin on an individual glove until garlic juice begins flowing.
Clean the anal area with mild soap and warm water. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water. Alternatively, take a shower or bath, making certain you thoroughly clean the anal area.
Towel dry the anal area, making sure you remove all moisture.
Insert the garlic clove into the rectum. Do not use a foreign object to insert the clove. Rely instead on your own hand and fingers. The process is similar to inserting a suppository. The garlic clove passes at the time of the next bowel movement.
Repeat the process over the course of three days. If you do not obtain some relief during this time period, consider using an over-the-counter treatment or seek professional help.
Keep in mind that some informational resources use the term garlic bulb and clove interchangeably. Technically speaking, the bulb is a collection of cloves and cloves are individual segments making up a bulb. An individual clove is used for this type of rectal itching treatment regimen, not the entire garlic bulb.
If rectal or anal itching is associated with bleeding, consult your physician immediately. Bleeding can be a sign of a more serious problem. In addition, abrasions in the rectal area can result in infection.