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What are the causes of an itchy anus?

What are the causes of an itchy anus?

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, coffe, 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! ...Read more

Anus (Definition)

The anus is the opening of the rectum, through which stool and flatus are passed. The anal canal is about an inch in length, and is ...Read more


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I have an occassional itchy anus what can be the cause im 30yrs of age?

I have an occassional itchy anus what can be the cause im 30yrs of age?

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, coffe, 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! ...Read more

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I have a number of very small skin tags around my anus. They're not painful, but they do tend to get itchy. Periodically blood can be seen.

I have a number of very small skin tags around my anus.  They're not painful, but they do tend to get itchy.  Periodically blood can be seen.

Skin lesions: These may be warts, they need to be evaluated, you may have a transmissible sexual disease or some may turn malignant, please see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Could eating gluten cause me to have a itchy anus after being to the toilet?

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 caused primarily from ph changes created by certain foods and trauma from excessive wiping. One simple way to test is to eliminate or minimize gluten but i typically recommend stool bulking with fiber to decrease ph and local care to limit trauma. ...Read more

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My husband has constantly itchy, burning anus . Not a lot of spicy foods. He is 61 years old and has never has colonoscopy. What could be the cause?

My husband has constantly itchy, burning anus . Not a lot of spicy foods. He is 61 years old and has never has colonoscopy. What could be the cause?

Depens (penicillamine): Some times perianal itching has an underlying cause such as hemorrhoids, fissure, fistulars, certain skin conditions. Many times there is no obvious cause. Itching in and of itself is not an indication for a colonoscopy but being over 50 is. ...Read more

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Whenever I belly breathe (rise my belly) I get a weird sharp itchy feeling in my anus. What is the cause?

Whenever I belly breathe (rise my belly) I get a weird sharp itchy feeling in my anus. What is the cause?

Belly and anus: When you perform that maneuver you are probably prolapsing some anal and rectal tissue which produces those sensations. If you are troubled with chronic anal or rectal itching,burning,pain,blood on toilet tissue you may have anal fissure or hemorrhoids. Consult a proctologist or colorectal SURGEON as needed. ...Read more

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Itchy anus for a few months and is painful when I go to the toilet. Can see 2 white tags half a cm from anus. Perineum is also swollen.

Itchy anus for a few months and is painful when I go to the toilet. Can see 2 white tags half a cm from anus. Perineum is also swollen.

Anal Fissure: What you described suggest anal fissure. It would help to keep your stool soft to give the tears time to heal. Use a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water so that your urine is colorless. If it does not get better in three months after having consistently soft stools it would be time to see a doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more