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could you burn your anus by wiping too much/hard after pooping?

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Dr. Siamak Milanchi
Colon and Rectal Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Excessive wiping of the anus and the surrounding skin and particularly using soap or shampoo to clean the anus could irritate and damage the skin and cause itching. Itching by itself causes the urge to wipe the anus and further damage the skin. There is a disease called "Pruritus Ani" (it means itching of the anus) which could be caused by excessive cleaning habits and too much wiping.

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Should I pop the blisters from second degree burn?

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