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A 18-year-old male asked:

can wiping too hard cause anal irritation and even blood? i tend to wipe a bit too hard and sometimes there are little red dots on toilet paper when i wipe. it feels as if there's a cut outside my anus, but i'm not sure?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
To answer your question, yes it can. Any type of irritation around the anus can excoriate the skin and cause the tiny spots of blood you notice. You might me a good candidate for soft WET wipes or use of a squirt bottle after moving bowels. Our friends in Europe solved this with a bede, but this really has not caught on in USA. Try to consciously reduce your hard wiping, or try other means....

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