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A 41-year-old member asked:

what is pruritus ani?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Itchy butt: Literally. Causes are typically related to hemorrhoids in adults but in the young , parasitic worm infections can trigger awful nightime anal itch.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Itchy Butt; 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 dirt. But cokes, coffee, tea, chocolate, and energy drinks like red bull have lots of caffeine leading to severe itching and bleeding, even waking you from your sleep at night clawing at your bottom. Stop the caffeine!

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for pruritus ani?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Cause?: The caus needs to be determined - external irritation or underlying rectal problems. Persistent pruritic ani should be evaluated with sigmoidoscopy. Local treatment with anti itch creams, suppositorys and change in diet can be helpful. Oral charcoal brickettes can absorb irritants and decrease symptoms.
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Do a lot of people get pruritus ani?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Yes, very common: Puritis ani describes itching around the anus. It has many causes including excessive or inadequate wiping, moisture (chapped), sensitivity to scented toilet paper or laundry products, superficial yeast infection, and pinworms. Try to change your toileting habits, use a protective cream or anti-fungal cream. If these don't help see your doctor.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Nocturnal pruritis ani in patients who have been exposed to Strongyloides stercoralis may be one sign of chronic persistent infection (along with several others).
Mar 14, 2012
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How can I treat pruritus ani?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Pruritis Ani dx & tx: Pruritis ani is an annoying itching, sometimes with burning, soreness, worse at night, in 1-5% of people (4x likelier in males). Treatment depends on causes: infection (fungal, parasitic, bacterial, std), local irritants (moisture, soaps, diet, drugs), dermatitis (psoriatic, atopic, seborrheic), cancer, hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulae, rectal prolapse, fecal contamination (diarrhea, incontinence).
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Is pruritus ani curable?

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Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Pritis ani cure: Yes, it is curable once you identify the cause.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Could gastritis cause ani pruritus (itchy butt)?

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Dr. Jonah Essers
Pediatric Gastroenterology 18 years experience
No: Those two conditions are likely not related. The only thing that comes to mind is caffeine, which can cause pruritis ani and a mild gastritis. But even that is a reach.

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