Anal itching pain

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The itching may become worse at night or after a bowel movement. Scratching the area results in further irritation and makes the itching worse instead of relieving it. Scratching with the fingernails may result in skin damage or an infection. If the itch-scratch cycle persists, it can lead to extreme discomfort, soreness, and burning. Pruritus ani is about 4 times more likely to occur in men than in women. The anal area may become dry and irritated due to the use of harsh soaps, sanitary wipes, or rough toilet paper to clean the area after a bowel movement.

Pruritus Ani (Anal Itching)

Anal Itching - Digestive Disorders - Merck Manuals Consumer Version

Itching of the anus the opening at the end of the digestive tract where stool leaves the body and the skin around the anus perianal skin is called anal itching or pruritus ani. See also Overview of the Anus and Rectum. Most often, doctors do not identify a specific disorder as the cause of anal itching, and the itching goes away without treatment after a period of time. Many of the other cases of anal itching are due to hygiene issues. Only a very few cases are caused by a specific disorder see Table: Causes and Features of Anal Itching , such as pinworms or a fungal infection. Of the specific causes, only rare causes such as inflammatory bowel disease and cancer of the skin around the anus are considered serious.

Why does my anus itch?

Anal itching, also referred to as pruritus ani, is a rash or irritation of the skin just outside of the anal opening. Usually raw and chapped, small ulcers or sores may also be present on the skin. This can cause severe itching, burning and even pain. Dry toilet paper cannot remove all of this stool material.
This guide can help you to identify some of the causes that are most likely to explain your symptoms and to anticipate the recommendations that your doctor might make. Rectal itching or minimal rectal pain can occasionally occur during normal bowel movements. However, significant rectal pain or persisting rectal itching is not normal and can sometimes be caused by a serious medical problem. For significant pain or persistent skin irritation around the rectum, you should always seek an evaluation by your doctor. This guide is intended to be used as a complement to discussions with your doctor, not as a substitute for office-based care.