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Colly_irl
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   Posted 3/31/2010 6:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys, I have had extreme itching in my anus for a few weeks. It's the type of itching that can keep you awake at night.
It can also be painful when I am passing stools.
What do you think this could be? I am terrified that it may be the start of a Perianal Fistula or something like that.
I am scared to go to my doctor about it at the moment. It's quite embarrassing.
I know it's silly to be embarrassed, like I have had loads of colonoscopies, so getting this examined should be a walk in the park.
I'm thinking this could be haemoroids, but I'm looking for symptoms of fistula. thanks!

sickandlucky
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   Posted 3/31/2010 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Could it be small fissures? I know that when I have alot of D it irritates my bum and and stings sort of little scratches around it. I also have some skin tags... usually using some kind of soothing cream like anusol calms it down, and wiping with baby wipes or some other kind of wet wipe as opposed to dry, abrasive TP. I've never had a fistula *knock on wood* so I'm not sure what that starting up would feel like... either way, Feel better and good luck!
female 20, diagnosed crohns december 2008
entocort/pentasa previously, now prednisone(tapering) & 100 mg imuran, moving onto humira injections, probiotics, calcium w/d3, biotin, folic acid, zinc, omega 3s, digestive enzymes & prenatal multivitamin


Colly_irl
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   Posted 3/31/2010 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi thanks for that.. I have been using the wet wipes to keep myself clean as it's impossible with TP and it's too sore.
I will get the doctor to check it out, I am sure it's something like fissures and not the more serious thing.
I've never had any trouble in this area before. I'm on humira for 8 months now.
I have no issues in the bowel at the moment, it would be just typical for something else to kick off as soon as things have settled down internally.
Such is the nature of the beast!!

JavaJay
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   Posted 3/31/2010 6:36 AM (GMT -6)   

It could be, and these words were used by my dr., a "fanny fungus".  A while back after a bad bout of D and possibly a hemmy, I got very itchy there and it didn't go away.  Not to worry...a simple application of an ointment twice a day got rid of it quickly.

I would talk to your GI and have him look.  It could be nothing more than a rash.  Don't get worked up just yet.  Feel better.


36 yr old Male with Crohn's Disease since '88 - No Surgery yet
 
Been on almost every type of drug with bad results
Remicade since Nov 2009
Prilosec 20.6mg - 2x a day
Multivitamin daily


FallColors
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   Posted 3/31/2010 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the "fanny fungus" idea. What a nice happy way to describe it! It might take a creme or one pill of diflucan to get rid of it. In the meantime, avoid the extra irritation by not wiping -- use a hand-held shower sprayer instead. I do this because it is the only way I can get my setons clean, but I have noticed I have no irriation from wiping anymore. I just go in the toilet and then go to the tub. One foot inside and one outside, sit down on the side, and then spray it all away! It works really well. You might try a baby diaper rash ointment because it will sooth and protect the skin from yeast/fungus. It won't kill yeast once you have it, but it can help you from getting it, and it sure feels soothing!
Diagnosed with Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


Colly_irl
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   Posted 3/31/2010 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the info guys.. Fanny fungus, eww...
And a fanny has an entirely different meaning in Ireland! :-)

FallColors
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   Posted 3/31/2010 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
What is that, Colly_irl?
Diagnosed with Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


KEANO
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   Posted 3/31/2010 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi colly_irl,
 
I am laughing here to myself as I am also from Ireland and "fanny fungus" certainly does not refer to the butt area.  Hope you get sorted soon, even if it is a fungus smile

Stef17
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   Posted 3/31/2010 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have psoriasis? When psoriasis strikes sensitive areas it can be BEYOND itchy. Just another idea. Hope you figure out what it is SOON!

Tara28
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   Posted 3/31/2010 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
won't help the fungus itself but if you are up til 5am like me with extreme itch I take hydroxidine but you can take 2 benedryl and it'll do the same, help with the itch and get you some sleep.
30 years old, dx with Crohn's in 1998. Currently on Imuran 100mg/day, Flagyl 1000mg/day
and Cipralex 10mg/day for anxiety. Just got off Cipro which was my drug for last 4 years.
Perianal fistula, and 2 more suspected. Crohn's only at end of colon, cecum. Remi and asacol did NADA.


Aimee =)
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   Posted 3/31/2010 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I am having the same issue! Mine started as soon as I came home from my surgery. The itch is absolutely maddening - I honestly scratch with the TP until it burns. I can handle the burning more than the itching, but that can't be good for such a sensitive area.

I've been using preparation H, it has something in it that helps with itching and burning. It doesn't work immediately but eventually kicks in.

I see my GI tomorrow and am going to ask him for some relief.

hld4good
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   Posted 3/31/2010 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I am an Irish American and I laughed too when I first heard "fanny fungus." You may need a prescription antifungal to get rid of it completely. Candida albicans is a real bugger to get rid of. I got it when I had fistula repair in 2005. I think the extra antibotics and the fact that the surgery itself upsets the proper balance of gut flora. Hope you don't let it go as long as I did.
Age 58, Crohn's since age 21
3 bowel resections, 1980,88,95
1 fistula repair, 2005
probiotic
digestive enzymes


Roni
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   Posted 3/31/2010 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Cortate cream works wonders for sore or itchy bum.

vls
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   Posted 4/1/2010 4:35 AM (GMT -6)   
how do you get tested for the yeast thing?  I also have that extreme itching down there..it'll drive you crazy.  I do have HUGE hemmies (I'm guessing that's what they are)it's SO DISGUSTING that I'm too embarrassed to even mention it to my dr.
diagnosed 13 days following an MMR vaccination at the age of 44
tried Colazal, Pentasa, Immuran, Remicade, Prednisone, Cipro, Flagyl, LDN, Osiris clinical study,  accupuncture, began Cimzia 5/2009


Colly_irl
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   Posted 4/1/2010 5:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad I'm not alone with this issue, it seems to be quite common!
The more I think about it the worse it gets.. I am definitely going to the doctor, but not today as it's my birthday and I can't think of a worse way to spend a bithday, LOL

JavaJay
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   Posted 4/1/2010 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
With all these responses...now a bunch of us are really wondering, what is a "fanny fungus" in Ireland??  Can you enlighten us idea
 
 
36 yr old Male with Crohn's Disease since '88 - No Surgery yet
 
Been on almost every type of drug with bad results
Remicade since Nov 2009
Prilosec 20.6mg - 2x a day
Multivitamin daily


sickandlucky
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   Posted 4/1/2010 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Correct me if I'm wrong... but I think it means lady bits
female 20, diagnosed crohns december 2008
entocort/pentasa previously, now prednisone(tapering) & 100 mg imuran, moving onto humira injections, probiotics, calcium w/d3, biotin, folic acid, zinc, omega 3s, digestive enzymes & prenatal multivitamin


Sniper
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   Posted 4/1/2010 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I just get out in the yard and drag my butt around like my old mutt dog, eat a little grass and raise a leg on the rose bush. Now you know why dogs howl at the moon. Sorry Colly_, I know it's not funny but when it happens to me thats what I think of doing. Instead I put a little medicated ointment on and that usually does the trick. JavaJay, fanny is another word for rear, butt, behind, or buttocks. I'm sure you guys have others like the Brits with Bum .
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


JavaJay
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   Posted 4/1/2010 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   

I know fanny is a butt....hence the fanny fungus.  I think in Ireland, fanny means something else though.

This all got me thinking...and I remembered an old South Park episode where a gerbal got stuck into Mr. Slave. (Only SP fans will know what I am talking about probably).  Needless to say, I was thinking how the scratching would feel so good on all that itchness. devil


36 yr old Male with Crohn's Disease since '88 - No Surgery yet
 
Been on almost every type of drug with bad results
Remicade since Nov 2009
Prilosec 20.6mg - 2x a day
Multivitamin daily, Loperamide HCL - 2mg every other day


crohnielass
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   Posted 4/1/2010 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, HA HA HA!!Here in the UK fanny fungus would mean ladies bits with thrush! (fungal infection) Anyways to help with your question could you not try an antihistamin and see if that works or an anti funga cream for that area Bev xl
Diagnosed with crohns at 13 now 43
Reversal of temp ileostomy finally have a date 7th April 2010
Meds: Iron syrup,Loperimide,Folic acid & Citalopram 60mg (for Anxiety.)


" I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday."


jeanneac
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   Posted 4/1/2010 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Last summer I had itching down there with splits and cracks too. My nurse practitioner gave me something for yeast and it did nothing. I thought perhaps I was allergic to the baby wipes I was using. Finally, it got better when I used cortifoam enema. Be brave and check with your doc. They see it all.... I hope you get some relief soon.
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma, IBS, asthma/allergies, prediabetes, high BP, fibromyalgia, GERD
low thyroid,claritin, singulair, diovan, progesterone, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, colazal
pexeva, rolaids, pepsid (as needed)


Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel


Celey
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   Posted 4/1/2010 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Usually when that sort of thing happens to me, it turns out to be the hemmoroids... Itchy and painful... Preparation H or something similar usually helps me...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


grayeyedblonde
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   Posted 4/1/2010 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
When I had this I used the benedryl cream, even going so far to put some UP inside as it itched up there also...

I'm not sure what caused it, but that really helped me. Also, I got some Calmoseptine that others on here have spoke of and that seemed to help too. That cooling sensation really helped.

When I first read this post, I googled "fanny" and "ireland". That helped me figure out what they were talking about! tongue
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 14, have had minor flares throughout the years, but mostly kept in remission. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. Was on Pred. Dr. wants to try Humira...
Currently just take a multivitamin, calcium, magnesium, and fish oil.

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