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The Link Between Diabetes and Anal Itching

The Link Between Diabetes and Anal Itching

If you have diabetes and are dealing with an itchy bottom, there may be a connection. Having diabetes makes it more likely that you may develop certain health issues, and some of those may cause anal itching.

A colon and rectal specialist is the ideal health provider to evaluate your case of anal itching and provide an effective solution. At Colorado Colon & Rectal Specialists in Parker, Colorado, Lisa Perryman, MD, FACS, FASCRS, diagnoses and treats patients with common, rare, and complex conditions that affect the colon and rectum. 

Anal itching has various causes, and if you have diabetes, the chance of experiencing anal itching is more likely. Here we discuss the connection between diabetes and anal itching. 

High blood sugar may cause anal yeast infection

Persistently elevated blood sugar creates an ideal breeding ground for yeast. That’s because yeast feeds on sugar. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing yeast infections, and that includes anal yeast overgrowth. 

Anal yeast infections occur when the fungus candida overgrows. It affects the anus and the area around it. Candida is a yeast that normally lives in the mouth, vagina, and digestive system without causing any problems. 

A chronic itching sensation in the skin surrounding the anus is one of the first symptoms most people notice. The itching may feel intense and bothersome. What’s more, anal yeast infections can spread. They can begin in the anus and spread to the penis or vagina, or they can begin in these areas and spread to the anus. 

Other symptoms include a burning sensation and inflammation and irritation around the anus. 

You’re much more likely to develop yeast overgrowth if your blood sugar is uncontrolled or poorly controlled. Keeping your blood sugar well-managed within a target level is the best way to lower the chances of developing a yeast infection. 

Fortunately, anal yeast infections are easily treated, and you should get fast relief once treatment begins. 

Damaged nerves can lead to anal itching

Damaged nerve fibers in the skin around the anus can result in anal itching. Nerves throughout the body are especially vulnerable to damage from high blood sugar. These nerve fibers transmit sensory information, and when damaged are unable to work properly. As a result the nerves may cause sensations such as itching. 

Anal itching can occur when the nerves in the skin around the anus are affected. Sometimes itching is one of the first signs of neuropathy, a type of nerve damage common in people with diabetes. 

Anal itching as a side effect of diabetes medication

High blood sugar isn’t the only connection to anal itching. Certain medications that lower blood sugar can cause anal itching as a side effect. Tell Dr. Perryman if you’re taking medication to help keep your blood sugar under control and you experience anal itching. 

Dr. Perryman can rule the medication in-or-out as the cause of your anal itching. If your medication is behind the anal itching, Dr. Perryman will discuss the next steps. Do not stop or change your medication without discussing it with a health care provider first. Meanwhile, wiping gently, keeping the area dry, and wearing breathable cotton underwear may provide some relief.

You’ll receive excellent care when you choose Colorado Colon & Rectal Specialists. To schedule an appointment to evaluate anal itching, call or message our Parker, Colorado, center. A member of our team will help you schedule a visit with Dr. Perryman. 

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