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Pruritis Ani

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Itching around the anus

  • This condition refers to the itching and irritation of the skin around the anus.

  • Itching around the Anus
  • Redness around the anus
  • Scratching can cause infections to develop, leading to problems such as thickening, scarring, and fissuring of the skin around the anus (perianal skin).

  • Dermatological (skin disorders):
    1. Psoriasis
    2. Eczema
    3. Atopic Dermatitis
    4. Contact Dermatitis
    5. Seborrheic Dermatitis
    6. Fistulas
    7. Fissures
    8. Cancers
  • Irritation or allergies due to:
    1. Chemicals
    2. Soaps
    3. Antibiotics such as tetracycline
    4. Coffee
    5. Beer
    6. Vitamin C
    7. Local anesthetics
    8. Cola
  • Infections:
    1. Pinworms
    2. Candida
    3. Pediculosis
    4. Scabies
    5. Tinea
  • Diseases:
    1. Diabetes
    2. Tumors from Bowen's Disease
    3. Liver disease
    4. Skin tags
  • Trauma:
    1. Rough toilet paper
    2. Poor hygiene (not cleaning the anal region properly)

  • History:
    1. Symptoms
    2. Medications
    3. Foods
    4. Habits
    5. Type of clothes
    6. Hygiene
    7. Allergies
    8. Family and social history
  • Medical exam may show:
    1. Red, thick, and scratched perianal area
    2. Skin tags -- excess skin growths
  • Tests:
    1. Scraping of the affected skin may show Candida or other fungi.
    2. Stool samples may show parasitic worms, eggs, cysts, or larvae (ova and parasite test).
    3. Blood test may show evidence of liver disease or diabetes.

  • Tight clothing
  • Panty hose
  • Hot climates
  • Obesity
  • hemorrhoids are not a risk factor
  • Heavy sweating
  • Hairy individuals
  • Anxiety

  • Treat underlying cause
  • Avoid excessive rubbing
  • Avoid excess use of soaps and rough, scented toilet papers
  • Avoid tight clothing
  • After bowel movements, clean the area with moist cotton, baby wipes, or plain water.
  • Avoid overuse of laxatives.
  • Talcum powder may keep the area dry.
  • Avoid irritating foods and drinks.
  • Hydrocortisone creams can help with irritation and itching.

  • Contact your doctor and avoid factors that trigger the problem.

  • See causes

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