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The skin on my anus is really dry and cracked and now it is starting to bleed what do i do

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Vaseline: I would try a small amount of barrier cream such as vaseline. If this persists, have it looked at. This is a relatively uncommon complaint. I would au... Read More
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Do not use : Any alcohol based moist wipes such as tucks (witch hazel). Cracking of the skin could be psoriasis, or another dermatological entity. I would not use ... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Most common : Causes of pruritus ani are caffeine and excess moisture. There is no correct amount of caffeine, so best to totally eliminate it for several weeks and... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Treatment is easy...: ...But finding the cause might be harder. Desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) (the ointment for babies) or 1% Hydrocortisone almost always clears it. As... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joy Jackson
Family Medicine 19 years experience
You : You can apply a small amount of topical antibiotic ointment with pain medication to the area two to three times a day. This can be bought in any pharm... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Anal bleeding: Thanks for being frank about your mental health. But despite that, you need to pay attention to anal/genital hygiene. Start with soap and water washin... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
Consult Dermatology: Most common cause of this is an irritant or allergic contact dermatitis. Underlying irritant dermatitis is often a loss of the barrier protection func... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 29 years experience
Dry: It comes down to applying fragrance free moisturizers often during times of dry skin. Supplements and foods will not hydrate the skin as moisturizers ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Dry skin : Would follow up with dermatology rule out eczema related to foods/ allergies/other or psoriasis. . in the interim can try Aquaphor and/ or when in t... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Curry
Podiatry 14 years experience
Get treatment: You should definitely see a local podiatrist or dermatologist for evaluation and possible biopsy. Whenever you have open cracks or bleeding there is i... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ayyaz Shah
Dermatology 27 years experience
Rash: It's important to have an accurate diagnosis prior to rendering effective treatment. You may have eczema or a fungal infection. One may even need to b... Read More

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