Anal Itching

Below you will find more information about Anal Itching from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Anal Itching it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Anal Itching and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Anal Itching comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.


Anal itching is characterized by an intense itching felt around the anus causing extreme discomfort. This medical condition is also called pruritus ani and can be caused by a number of irritants such as abrasion of the clothing, moisture or even pressure in sitting.


Physical examination and interview on the symptoms are among the primary basis for diagnosis. Colonoscopy can also be conducted to check other possible complications.


Treatment of anal itching would normally depend on the cause of the problem. Most of the time, self-care treatments may be enough such as a change in the diet, infection treatment. However, there are some cases that would require surgery.

Symptoms and Signs

Anal itching is often associated with some other symptoms in and around the anus such as soreness and burning sensation. Most of the time it typically goes away after a few months but can be persistent and can be a source of embarrassment.


Some of the causes of anal itching can be due to dry skin, excessive washing, too much moisture, chemical and food irritants, reaction to medication as well as overuse of laxatives. It can also be a cause of skin disorders, anal tumors, yeast infections and anal abrasions or fissures.

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