Itchy bottoms and piles: we can help.

At The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, we pride ourselves in looking after the whole person, particularly where the skin is concerned, and there’s nothing much we cannot help with and no area that is too awkward, including some of those areas we can get rather embarrassed about.

Pruritus ani, otherwise known as an itchy bottom, is very common and can be caused by many different things. Eczema, psoriasis, various infections (including bacterial, fungal, yeast and parasites) and other inflammatory conditions including lichen planus, fissures, conditions associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis) such as fistulae and sinuses etc, and, one of the commonest reasons, minor discharge (associated with internal haemorrhoids, also called piles) causing irritation.

As a dermatology-led clinic, we have treated or advised on all these skin conditions around the anus from the beginning, but now we are going to go one small step further for one of those awkward conditions, by offering one of the most innovative treatments for what is regarded as one of the most embarrassing yet common ailments in the UK, namely that of haemorrhoids.

If you, or someone you know, are in the uncomfortable position of always wanting to scratch your bottom, then you may well be one of the 8 million people who suffer with haemorrhoids in the UK. You might also have one of the other conditions mentioned above instead, or as well. We are here to be able to assess and advice on all the conditions that might affect this embarrassing bit of anatomy, all in a very discreet and professional manner.

Whilst there may be a lot of apparent humour connected with itchy bottoms and piles, for those that suffer it’s no laughing matter.

As part of our health and well-being ethos, we now undertake a new, gentle, non-invasive procedure that tackles internal haemorrhoids, called eXroid electrotherapy treatment.

Dr Mark Hudson-Peacock is part of the team that introduced this new procedure to the UK and has carried out more haemorrhoid electrotherapy procedures than any other medical practitioner in Europe. With his skills in the art of proctology (perianal medicine) and dermatology, you are assured that he is very well positioned to be able to give you the best advice for whatever affects your bottom and causing you those unpleasant symptoms you’d rather not have.

When it comes to those internal piles, the eXroid treatment only takes 30-40 minutes and requires no anaesthesia or pre prep such as an enema beforehand. Most patients get back to their normal activity on the same day, and the whole thing is all carried out in a very discreet way. It is a walk-in, walk-out treatment and it is poised to banish other currently available treatments to the annals of history.

To find out more about the eXroid treatment or to make a booking go to https://www.exroid.com/

If you want to come for a consultation about any problem affecting the perianal skin or genital skin, we are here to help you. Please contact the clinic to arrange a consultation either on line (www.skinandlaser.co.uk) or by calling our clinic telephone on 01227-472288. We do not insist on a GP referral, so don’t put it off any longer, get it sorted and then get on with enjoying life that bit more.