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  • Itchy around the anus

  • Itchy anus

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About the Symptom

Pruritus ani (anal pruritus) descibes an itchy sensation in the area around the anus. It has many possible causes such as skin conditions, excessive washing and hemorrhoids.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Hematochezia (rectal bleeding)

  • Swelling of the affected area

Possible causes

Generally, Anal itch can be related to:

  • Anal pruritus

    This refers to itching on the skin around the anus, where feces is passed.

  • Anal fistula

    This condition involves a tunnel forming between the anus and the surrounding skin. Patients are at risk for recurrent infections, often connected to inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease.

  • Hemorrhoids (anal fissure)

    Hemorrhoids, or piles, are swollen veins in the lowest part of your rectum and anus, which is the last part of the large intestine. This common condition may be caused by straining during bowel movements or sitting for long periods, especially on the toilet.

  • Anal cancer
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Anal skin tag
  • Hemorrhoid
  • Condyloma Acuminatum

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Anal itch may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Perianal abscess

    A buildup of pus near the anus, more common in patients with diabetes, obesity, or certain conditions causing gut ulcers.

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you have anal itching?

  • Do you have loose stools or diarrhea?

  • Is your skin itchy?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes?

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References

  • Sahnan K, Lever L, Philips RK. Anal itching. BMJ. 2016 Nov 4;355:i4931. doi: 10.1136/bmj.i4931. Erratum in: BMJ. 2016 Nov 29;355:i6419. PMID: 27815254.

    https://www.bmj.com/content/355/bmj.i4931

Reviewed By:

Samantha Nazareth, MD

Samantha Nazareth, MD (Gastroenterology)

Board-certified gastroenterologist. Experience managing gastrointestinal conditions (GERD, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, celiac disease, NASH) within healthcare organizations (three ambulatory surgical centers, single-specialty practice, multi-specialty practice and solo practice).

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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