Pruritus Ani (Anal Itching)

Itchiness around the anus can be extremely uncomfortable. Although many people have itchiness from time-to-time, itching that is recurring and chronic can be hard to live with. At ACE Clinic, our team of colorectal experts can help you achieve relief.

What is Anal Itching?

Pruritus ani, or anal itching, is a skin condition that affects the anal area. Sometimes it can have a cause like contact dermatitis or other lifestyle factors while other times it may not. It can be extremely uncomfortable and difficult to treat, especially when itching the area leads to further irritation.

What are the Symptoms of Anal Itching?

Anal itching can come and go, and scratching the area can cause further irritation. In more severe cases, itching can cause worsening problems like burning, infection, or damage to the skin.

What Causes Anal Itching?

Pruritus ani is not only caused by poor hygiene – it can also be caused by irritation of the area from certain products, scrubbing habits, or sensitivity to fabrics, foods and beverages, and bowel movements.

There can also be many other causes, including:

  • Infections from bacteria, fungi, yeast, or parasites
  • Skin conditions like psoriasis, contact dermatitis, or atopic dermatitis
  • Crohn’s disease or other inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Excessive moisture
  • Excessive cleaning
  • Other anal conditions like hemorrhoids, anal fissures, or anal fistulas
  • Certain medications
  • Scented products

What Are My Treatment Options for Anal Itching?

Itchiness can easily be treated with topical ointments applied to the area regularly. If your symptoms are caused by an infection, then your colorectal expert can prescribe antibiotics or antifungal medications. Additionally, your colorectal expert can assess your lifestyle habits and help you determine what may be causing itchiness so you can avoid them.

Anal Itching Outlook and Steps to Take

Anal itching can usually be treated by a combination of managing symptoms with medication and changing your habits. This includes keeping the area dry and clean with unscented soaps, being gentle when cleaning and wiping, and changing your diet to include more fiber and water. It’s most important to resist scratching the area which can irritate it further.

Schedule an Appointment

Anal itching is treatable, and you can find relief with the help of our experienced, professional team. To get started and learn more, we invite you to contact us by calling or filling out our online form.

Meet the Doctors

Drs. Hekmat Hakiman and Arpit Patel are leading colorectal surgeons in the greater Phoenix area. As part of our experienced team at ACE Clinic, they can provide exceptional care with a compassionate and friendly approach to colorectal health. Drs. Hakiman and Patel are dual board-certified in general surgery and colorectal surgery, and both completed their fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX before founding their physician-owned practice in Chandler, AZ. We hope you’ll feel exceptionally welcome during your time at Arizona Colorectal Experts and look forward to helping meet your health care needs.

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