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how to treat anal pruritis

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Difficult problem: This can be very difficult to treat. Working through possible causes is critical as a first step. Local infections or irritations, or itching as a sign of a systemic problem like crohn's should be addressed directly. If no clear cause, a very short course of topical steroids can help, but caution with too strong or too long. Some rx meds can help (elavil). Omt & acupuncture have helped my patients.
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 25-year-old member asked:

What causes an itchy anal cleft?

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Dr. Thomas Balshi
Dermatology 22 years experience
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 overgrow and cause itching. I recommend keeping the area dry with powder like zeasorb (over the counter) which keeps yeast counts down.
A 39-year-old member asked:

My anus hurts and I feel uncomfortable and itchy. Wassup?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Hemorrhoid: Could be a hemorrhoid. Avoid toliet paper an use baby wipes. Try some otc preph and steroid ointment for 7 days. If no better call md.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Why does my anus itch so much?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Lots of reasons: Fungal infections are common. A contact dermatitis from something left by laundry in your clothes. Infections, pin worms, hemorrhoids, etc...The list is very long. Time to have your doc take a look down there and get you some relief!
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A 32-year-old female asked:

Why would my anus be itchy, it's not worms as i've taken a tablet for that?

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Dr. Kenneth Stoller
Dr. Kenneth Stoller answered
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Yeast: The anus is just the other end of your mouth. What have you been eating? Food allergy or sensitivity could be the ticket here, but either yeast overgrowth can itch.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How can one cure extreme itch and rawness at and near the anus?

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Dr. Russell Juno
General Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: That can be due to different reasons. Check with your physican to get to the cause of it.

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