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Read about anal itching medical facts: what is the definition of anal itching, what are the signs and symptoms, medical treatment & how to treat anal itching, information about the causes, diagnosis, and related anal itching diseases.

Definition: What is "Anal Itching"?


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

Symptoms & Signs

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

Treatment: How to Treat "Anal Itching"?

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.


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


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

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