Ask PoopReport: Why Is Poop So Irritating?
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Sometimes it seems that no matter how many times I wipe, and just when I thought I got it all wiped off, I go out to walk my doggy for a bit and my anus starts itching like hell. Walking makes the itch worse for me -- which, needless to say, makes me scratch the area through my undies, resulting in some nice skidmarks. It doesn't matter whether I've eaten something spicy or not. And it happens to me particularly after taking a rather soft dump that makes a mess coming out.
This question has had me pondering for much of my life: why is it if you don't wipe thoroughly enough after a dump, the anal region gets really itchy?