Scratching causes pain and burning sensation in the area. Physical examination and tests help to identify the underlying cause of the condition.
Treatment depends on the cause of itching. Anal itching may not need specific treatment. Most cases resolve with home remedies and self-care measures.
If the condition persists, it is important to get medical advice for controlling the condition.
Strong urge to scratch the perianal region is the most common symptom of anal itching. It is also associated with redness and soreness in and around anus.
The irritation may be temporary, while in some it may be persistent. Scratching increases itching and leads to inflammation of the area. Excess moisture in and around anus also increases itching.
Soreness and burning sensation may increase with bowel movements. In some people bleeding is also noted. Bleeding requires medical attention as it may be a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding or a more serious medical condition.
Infections are one of the most common causes of anal itching. Pinworm and other parasitic infections, sexually transmitted infections, and yeast infections cause persistent and intense itching.
Certain habits like washing the area too often, cleaning too little, and using cleaning tissues with perfumes may irritate the anal region, resulting in itching.
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