post-poop itching -- and not just on my butt

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Jay asks:

Sometimes immediately after I poop, my skin becomes really itchy. It is not my anus skin, but the skin on my upper back, chest, and triceps mostly. It goes away after a minute or so, but it is really itchy. Why does this happen? Can I prevent it somehow?

Dear Jay,

What you describe is most likely itching resulting from perspiration. The itching comes from the combination of sweat drying on your skin and the fact that heat and moisture can trigger histamine release that causes a reaction similar to that of an allergic rash without the bumps.

Unless you have a high bacterial content in your sweat, it shouldn't cause any problems other than the itching that you experience for the short time afterward.

In an attempt to prevent the sweating during pooping, you can try staying cool by pooping naked, pooping with a fan or air conditioner blowing directly on you, and by staying calm and relaxed during the pooping process.

Thanks for asking Motherload!

Motherload is a Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. Got a question for her? Ask it here.

8 Comments on "post-poop itching -- and not just on my butt"

Bilgepump's picture
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Nice advise, mom, but may suggest just holding it until January, taking a road trip to the arrowhead region of Minnesota, where you can drop one right on the shore of Lake Gitcheegoomie...or Superior, to us non-natives....

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that usually happens to me if i've been sweating alot like if im running or something
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daphne's picture
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Running to the toilet?

Jay, this is a new one for me. I've never thought about itching on your back after taking a dumper. My question is do you flex when you poop? I know that sometimes after stretching in the morning, I itch because it's increased blow flow hitting muscles that were recently dormant. Maybe this also contributes to your itching.

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Mary Queen of Scats's picture
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Maybe it's a case of Pavlov's just associate (pun intended) pooping with itching. Or maybe you need to shower more often.

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DungDaddy's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorj 1000+ points

I'm guessing the Queen has it pegged: Pavlov's anus.

Anonymous's picture

Your not alone Jay.....Queen your a douche, a lot of other people poop and instanlt start itchy very itchy, it has mother to-do with how much you shower...idiot. Keep your stupid to yourself, I also shower everyday and when I poop my legs itch very very badly. Let's get some brain power in here and come up with something like quuendouche

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Dear Anonymous, I posted your comment with no corrections just so our erudite readers could see what we moderators are up against sometimes. Were you drunk when you commented or are you just a few sandwiches short of a picnic in your rhetoric basket?

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Anonymous's picture

I get itchy legs,back, and arms, hands too. I shower all the time it's when I wake up. I am not sweating over the night. Yes I need to poop and the itch gets better after 30 mins. I believe I am allergic to my poop. It's always soft. I am at my doctors now so will hope to find the cause of it, It's real and bad to live with. Oh, my skin goes red too.

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