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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/10/2008 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone sorry for the offbeat topic to start my first thread. I have UC, never bled or anything. I am on remicade for Ankylosing Spondylitis and my UC. In pretty good shape but for the past year I have had a real itchy rectum. My GI guys thinks it could be psoriasis since he tested me for tapeworm. I think it could be related to micro inflammation of the distal colon.
Any thoughts?

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 6/10/2008 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, I'm no expert. Take this advice as you will.
Maybe try some of those wipes they sell in the toilet paper section? Those work WONDERS. I know since I got diagnosed with UC, as usual, the BMs increased both in frequency and quantity, ergo, propor wiping may or may not be compromised. I know I've had problems with rashes and itching due to impropor wiping, and wipes pick up the slack for toilet paper. Plus, it just makes sense. Lol.
Best of luck.
20 years old
Diagnosed with UC June 2006
Prednisone once a day (oddly enough, no side-effects)
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   Posted 6/10/2008 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Could be that you have hemorrhoids, a fissure, a yeast/fungal infection, or even irritation in the external anal folds....

Have you taken a look yourself externally (yes, squatting over a mirror)...because what you see and what a doc sees might not be the same thing.

Canesten cream (in the feminine products section of the pharmacy) which can be bought separately can help the yeast/fungal infection. Or, ask your doc for a 'script of antifungal cream.

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~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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   Posted 6/10/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I love those wet wipes mentioned above. I buy the cottonelle kind with aloe. You'd be surprised how much it helps because sometimes no matter how much you wipe with regular TP, a lot of times it's just not good enough. And besides, the wet wipes are so soothing after having D all day!!
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of the spine from long term prednisone use.

Current Meds:
10mg Lexapro (for depression/social anxiety)
Digestive Advantage: Crohn's and Colitis formula (2 pills per day, started 5/14/08)
125mg Azathioprine
4800mg Asacol (Four 400mg tablets, three times a day)

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 6/10/2008 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
if it's just itching from hemmy's or you're going too much and everything is just irritated, i've used in the past a cream called LMX 4 and LMX 5.  The LMX 4 you don't need a script for and you can get it at most pharmacies.  The LMX 5 you need a script from your dr. and it is made specifically for the anal area.  It contains lidocaine so it completely numbs the area if it's itchy.  It's a lifesaver.  Also if there is any pain/throbbing which I'm sure some people get from having D all day, it numbs that too.  Mind you it doesn't cure any type of infection it is just to soothe and numb the painful area.  good luck!

3x3 colazol a day (non-generic)
1000 mg canasa bedtime
3 entocort a day
20 mg prednisone daily
2 cortifoam enemas daily
prenatal vitamin

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 274
   Posted 6/10/2008 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I am going to give the wipes a try. I have had this itch before as well. Before this flare I was itchy and thought it might have been from changing body soaps/washes. Anyways, now that I have been in this flare I get the itchiness more often.. I have done the mirror thing and it all just looks red.. looks how it feel really, lol. Anyways.. I usually sit in the bath tub with warm water for awhile and it helps.. but yes.. going to get some wipes!!!!
Jenn 26/female
Ulcerative PANCOLITIS diagnosed 2004
Asacol 3 pills once/day
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid
Currently in a flare since March 6 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 486
   Posted 6/10/2008 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor years ago suggested an over the counter cream called Nupercainal. Worked great and fast. Even people w/o UC often have this problem, so I wouldn't assume that it's related. If the itching is high up inside, though, it could be something else. If you have some cortifoam or cortenema, you could ask your doctor whether that would be ok to use. Cortisone would do the trick, I bet.
UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Cortifoam
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine)
5ASA drugs don't work for me. Canasa seems to make me worse.
Alternative treatments I have had success with: Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy

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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 66
   Posted 6/11/2008 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I read somewhere that certain breads can create a buildup of acid in people with bowel issues and when you use the bathroom it irritates the skin. I can say that from my own experience that this is true. I have to find the article but it has something to do with the yeast fermenting and not digesting properly.
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Post Edited (JrNYC) : 6/11/2008 5:27:33 AM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 26
   Posted 6/11/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
+1 for wet wipes. Those things are a God send during bad flares.

New Member

Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 6/12/2008 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
JrNYC said...
I read somewhere that certain breads can create a buildup of acid in people with bowel issues and when you use the bathroom it irritates the skin. I can say that from my own experience that this is true. I have to find the article but it has something to do with the yeast fermenting and not digesting properly.

Something like this is going on. My only "problem" is the very distal colon. The doctor took a "close" look at my butt (I know someone mentioned a mirror but I trust my dr. who went to school for a long time that he can actually see if their are hemmroids).
I have tried both yeast cream and cortisone cream. I discount the wipes. I only have 1-2 BM's a day.
could be internal hemmroids. could be this acid buildup.
Still a bit befuzzled by it. At times it just gets crazy itchy.
Thanks everyone for some good suggestions for my itchy butt.

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 46
   Posted 6/12/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Try Desitin baby diaper cream with zinc.  It works like a charm:)

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 365
   Posted 6/12/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Wet wipes and prepH wipes are helpful. If the itching progresses and gets worse, or if it starts to burn, keep you up at night, etc - seriously give Analphram a shot. It is a cortosone cream, so you cant use it all the time, but it works like a charm and gets rid of the uncomfortable feeling - but that is for a hemmy only!! Not sure it will do much for infections, etc.
33 yr old male. UC for 14 years. 5mg pred (tapering off), 12 pills Asacol per day, Dicyclomine (for cramps), 0.5 - 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, Fish oil pills, Culturelle probiotics. Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (And I am still more afraid of my UC!!)  "I poop in the woods because I can"

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