Anal Itching – Diagnosis and Treatment of Anal Itching

Anal itching is also called

pruritus ani.

It is a strong urge to itch around the anus. Anal itching occurs especially at night and after a bowel movement. The itch can be seen as a rash in the anal area, sometimes with skin breakdown or a weeping discharge.

Anal itching has several causes. You can get a detailed information about the causes of anal itching in a related article on this site titled: Anal Itching – Causes of Anal Itching.

In this article, we shall discuss diagnosis and treatment of anal itching.

Diagnosis of anal itching:

A doctor diagnoses the condition by physical examination of the anus after taking patient history. He examines

color and texture

of the anus. In some cases, the doctor may want to do cultures to know the type if germ that is causing the problem.

Treatment of anal itching:

Anal itching treatment depends on the cause of the itch. Mild itching can be treated in home by taking a few

self-care tips

such as:

  • Wearing loose-fitting underwear that allows water and sweat to evaporate.
  • Taking to plain, soft, unscented toiler paper.
  • Using dry cotton to soak the moisture at the anus.
  • Changing the soaps and detergents that irritate the anus area on being contact.
  • Avoiding foods that irritates the anus and eating more and more fiber rich foods.
  • Using over-the-counter medicines such as lotions and creams containing hydrocortisone or zinc oxide. They help relieving the itch instantly.

Medical Treatment:

If anal itching is caused by medical conditions such as hemorrhoids, side effect of medications, rashes, infections, or due to psychological conditions, medical treatment is needed at once. In such cases itch is treated by

  • Hydrocortisone cream application at the anus for 2 or 3 weeks.
  • Pills can treat pinworms and bacterial infections that cause itching.
  • Creams and lotions can treat yeast infections and rashes that appear at the anus.
  • Minor surgery can remove skin lesions such as warts or hemorrhoids.


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