Pruritis ani is a common medical problem affecting both men and women. This information was composed to help patients understand pruritis ani, its symptoms, evaluation, and treatment options. This information may also be helpful to individuals or caregivers of patients who are suffering from pruritis ani.
Anal itch, also known as pruritus ani, is an irritating, itchy sensation around the anus the opening through which stool passes out of the body. Anal itch is a symptom, not an illness, and it can have many different causes. In most cases, a person with anal itch does not have a disease of the anus or rectum.
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Pruritis ani is a dermatological condition characterized by itching in the anal area. The itching may become worse at night or after a bowel movement. Scratching the area results in further irritation and makes the itching worse instead of relieving it. Scratching with the fingernails may result in skin damage or an infection.
The anus is the opening where bowel movements leave the body. The skin around the anus can easily become irritated and inflamed. You may feel burning, soreness, and intense itching.
This newest projection illustrates this as less than half of the entire number of colon cancer cases, but this does not decrease the importance of rectal cancer awareness. Although persistent rectal itching can be a sign of rectal cancer, it is not the most common cause. Even though it is not pleasant to discuss, it is imperative that you discuss this symptom with your primary doctor to find — and get treatment — for the cause.
Anal itching occurs when the skin around your anus becomes irritated. You may feel intense itching around and just inside the anus. Abdelnaby A, Downs JM.
Your doctor may be able to diagnose the cause of your itching simply by asking you questions about your symptoms, medical history and personal care habits. If pinworms are suspected, your doctor may suggest doing a test for pinworms. You may also need a physical exam, including a digital rectal exam.