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what causes an itchy anal cleft

A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Balshi
22 years experience Dermatology
Yeast: Any area were skin meets skin tends to become moist. This can allow for our own natural surface bacteria and yeast to grow. Yeast often tend to over ... Read More
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
42 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Most commonly: This is due to excessive moisture and or caffeine. Eliminate all sources of caffeine, use corn starch powder liberally on the affected are as often as ... Read More
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Dr. Richard Zimon
59 years experience Internal Medicine
Herpes: Sounds like herpetic lesions and the reaction of regional lymph glands! This would be more likely than not ORAL herpes ("cold sore") type. Check it ou ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronen Elefant
13 years experience Critical Care
A few things: It could be hemorrhoids or an anal fissure (though a fissure is usually painful). You can try "Calmoseptine" cream once or twice daily, sold at local ... Read More
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Dr. Bernard Seif
40 years experience Clinical Psychology
Might also be: a yeast infection. Please see your doc. Peace and good health. This infection is called candida and can cause symptoms from mouth (white blotches) t ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Hemorrhoid. : It sounds like you might have a hemorrhoid. Hemorrhoids can cause itchiness or even pain in this area, and they will tend to bleed because they are di ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
42 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Caffeine: Is the most common cause of anal itching not hemorrhoids as stated win the ads. Pinworms can be another cause usually in children after playing in the ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Yeast seems unlikely: This may be possible, but I doubt yeast is the most likely explanation. Some other infection or inflammatory bowel disease may be more likely. If you ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
42 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Caffeine: Is the most common cause of anal itching not hemorrhoids as stated win the ads. Pinworms can be another cause usually in children after playing in the ... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Victor Yang
37 years experience Gastroenterology
Check it out: Anal itching generally is due to mild irritation in the area. If it is frequent and or bothersome, then you should have it evaluated.
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jay Singh
Dr. Jay Singh answered
31 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Pruritis Ani: Gluten sensitivity is not a common cause of itching. If the ingestion of glutnen leads to significant loose stool, it can compound itching. Pa is caus ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olaf Johansen
36 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Depens (penicillamine): Some times perianal itching has an underlying cause such as hemorrhoids, fissure, fistulars, certain skin conditions. Many times there is no obvious c ... Read More
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