holiday anal itching
Every couple of years between Christmas day and New Year's day I develop a case of anal itching. This is the only time of year that I get it so it must be caused by something I'm eating.
I think it's caused by either a combination of these foods: Reese's Pieces, cashews, peanuts, peanut butter, and/or eggnog or by simply eating too much junk.
This year I tried to be careful about what I ate and even ate salads for dinner for a week to make sure I was getting something healthy. I didn't think I had eaten too much junk and have eaten worse at Easter time so I can only conclude that it must be a combination of the foods I listed.
Can anyone tell me what I can do to help relieve the itching? I've been taking a hot bath (no soap) several times a day which does help when the itching gets bad. I've also been taking Benadryl which works pretty good. I'm drinking a lot of water because that too seems to help. Is there anything else I can do?
I'm also trying to avoid eating the foods that I believe caused this problem. But is it ok to eat other foods that I normally eat if I'm sure they didn't cause the problem? For example, I know that pizza and chili dogs aren't the cause of this so can I eat those while I still itch or will they cause a problem? I did eat some spicy bratwurst earlier today and that hasn't caused a problem.