Re: Help with pruritus ani?
I have anusitis plus an anal fissure. I went to a specialist who recommended the following diet: NO whole grains (white bread and white rice only). This means no bran, barley, brown rice, oatmeal, etc. Stick to Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, Special K (non-whole grain type). No coffee, chocolate, nuts, mustard, ginger, garlic, tomato sauce (fresh tomatoes are OK), popcorn, hot peppers, black pepper, spicy foods, curry. No colas or sugar-free substitutes. Also reduce most vegetables. Potatoes, squash, lettuce, celery, mushrooms are fine. He recommended Metamucil (coarse type) - I take 3 tablespoons morning and night. My extreme pain went away after 3-4 days exactly as the specialist said. It is a lifetime diet (very boring). I think pruritis is similar to anusitis so this diet may help. Basically you don't want to get constipated, but whole grains will just irritate your problem. You need the Metamucil for the physslium.