Originally Posted by nellweems
(sorry for my lack of formal terminology)
my butt crack area is scratching, it's been going on for a couple of months now but never happened before.
every so often, maybe twice a day or so, it gets really itchy and i need to scratch it (and then i go wash my hands of course).
after going number 2, i make sure i wipe myself really well.
why did it suddenly start happening? how do i stop it?
I don't know about anybody else around here, but I haven't had that problem in years...EXCEPT when I use a public restroom and have no way to properly take care of myself. American restrooms are not truly well equipped for anal hygiene. Think of it this way...
Suppose you empty a can of tomato paste on a kitchen countertop. How would you clean it up? You certainly wouldn't get a dry paper towel and smear it up several times until it's gone. If you do, you'll still have a mess.
Well, as far as I'm concerned, the "posterior crack" is like the countertop and, well, the other is the tomato paste, though hopefully not the same consistency.
So... when I'm at home, I first take care of business in the toilet. I flush that away and then I hop in the shower and use my shower sprayer to clean myself. Now as strange as this may sound, I also use a nozzle (there is a brand name for this and a website where it can be purchsed, but I'm not allowed to post the website or mention the product, I don't think... let me know if I'm wrong) to spray inside a bit to make sure any thing that didn't come out before comes out during the cleanup. Why? Because wiping yourself may get the accessible areas clean, but there can be remnants left where it's rather awkward to try to clean with toilet paper. And as you walk around, these remnants will eventually be pushed out and smeared around, to put it bluntly.
So I always try to take care of business before leaving the house for the day. And I've noticed that if I have to use a public restroom for number two, sometimes I have the dreaded itch before I can get home to finish the job.
I know this may sound odd to some people, but I know that in some overseas countries, the restroom consists of a pot embedded in the floor and a waterhose next to it on a stand. You poop in the pot, then clean up with the hose which squirts water of an adjustable temperature. Warmer water works best because it encourages the muscle to relax, which allows more water to go where it needs to go to clean out the stuff that wasn't pushed out in the toilet.
So believe me... I'm very experienced at this method as I've been doing number two this way for about ten years. The days of itchy anus and mysterious puffle stains in my underwear are over.