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Anal itching, scratches around anus skin, light bleeding. No pain/normal bowel mov. Rectoscopy normal. Ongoing for years. What is the best treatment?

Anal itching, scratches around anus skin, light bleeding. No pain/normal bowel mov. Rectoscopy normal. Ongoing for years. What is the best treatment?

Clean: Anal itching can be a very tough symptom to cure. However, I have found the following procedure an excellent "almost" cure. Immediately after every bowl movement, wash the area with soap and water. Dry the area well and then either rub in otc Hydrocortisone cream or vasaline petroleum jelly. This routine works great and has been extremely successful with my patients. ...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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Flap of skin around anus since 7 years, no pain or itching, no problem passing stool. What could it be? Is it ok to just leave it as it is?

Flap of skin around anus since 7 years, no pain or itching, no problem passing stool. What could it be? Is it ok to just leave it as it is?

To cut or not to cut: A fleshy tag around the anal opening present for 7 years without changing is nothing serious but can present a problem with "clean up" after a bowel movement. Such tags can be removed surgically but it's a pain in the butt! sorry for the pun. Your choice if, it bothers you enough get it off otherwise no problem. ...Read more

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Flap of skin around anus since 6 years, no pain or itching, no problem passing stool. What could it be? Is it ok to just leave it as it is?

Flap of skin around anus since 6 years, no pain or itching, no problem passing stool. What could it be? Is it ok to just leave it as it is?

Rectal lesion: If it has been there for 6 years and not caused any problems, then it is mostly benign. The flap of skin could be a skin tag, polyp, or hemorrhoid tag. An examination would give you a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have itching & burning inside the anal canal for 15 days.I don't have piles or fissure but have soiling and skin around anus is red.I'm seeing proctologist after 2 week but I need rapid relief.could it be infection (I have never had sex)?what to do

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I have itching & burning inside the anal canal for 15 days.I don't have piles or fissure but have soiling and skin around anus is red.I'm seeing proctologist after 2 week but I need rapid relief.could it be infection (I have never had sex)?what to do

Need rapid relief: There are several things that can be causing your symptoms, but it seems you are already scheduled for someone to talk to you about them. You might consider using over the counter hemorrhoidal cream with steroids. You might also consider Sitz baths or sitting in some warm water. When you sit on a chair, use a donut cushion. When you wipe yourself, moisten the toilet paper slightly. ...Read more

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I have some small zits without white head around anus , sometimes it itch i think it is cause the zits, is that normal?

I have some small zits without white head around anus , sometimes it itch i think it is cause the zits, is that normal?

See your doctor ASAP: There are several conditions that can present this way. Some are caused by infections, some of which might be potentially serious. You should be seen soon. Good luck! ...Read more

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Redness and some white bumps between perineum (female) and anus, no itch or burn. Constipated, hurts to poop. Red skin around anus, anus looks bruised?

Redness and some white bumps between perineum (female) and anus, no itch or burn. Constipated, hurts to poop. Red skin around anus, anus looks bruised?

More info; get check: Any anorectal coitus? Possible irritation or even early herpes infection. Any constipation or hemorrhoid history? That could be a factor. Any recent yeast discharge with vsginal symptoms as well. An in-person exam sounds warranted, especially STD is a possibility. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Treated vaginal yeast infection last week. have noticed occasional itching around anus. Did my yeast infection spread? How do I treat it?

Treated vaginal yeast infection last week. have noticed occasional itching around anus. Did my yeast infection spread? How do I treat it?

Yeast infections: There are a number of good antibiotics which kill yeast. Ask your OB to prescribe an oral antifungal medicine for you. Cannot do that on this website. ...Read more

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Itching/burning rash around anus & swollen groin lymph node. Haven't been sexualy active in 2+ weeks. I'm trying to find out what I have

Itching/burning rash around anus & swollen groin lymph node. Haven't  been sexualy active in 2+ weeks. I'm trying to find out what I have

Be seen: It is either a reaction to something or an infection. Particularly with a swollen gland, be checked. All the best. ...Read more

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I am having itching around my anus, it usually doesn't bother me until after a bowel movement. I have no bleeding but it's sometimes achy around anus?

I am having itching around my anus, it usually doesn't bother me until after a bowel movement. I have no bleeding but it's sometimes achy  around anus?

Pruritus anus: Itching of the anal area can be due to pinworms or sensitivity to soap,toilet paper,perianal dermatitis or even overly vigorous cleansing after a BM. Try a cortisone cream applied lightly daily for a week to see if the itching clears. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with strep in vagina 2 wks ago, still waiting for antibiotic. Around anus itching, burning, some blood. Can this be from the infection?

Diagnosed with strep in vagina 2 wks ago, still waiting for antibiotic. Around anus itching, burning, some blood. Can this be from the infection?

YES: Strep is usually an oral/pharyngeal infection and stre infection may be due to oral sex. You will need a rectal exam and culture as well as a pelvic exam and STD screening. ...Read more

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Extreme itching w/ small cuts & blistering in vaginal area around anus & up butt crack. Pathology neg for bacteria, fungus & other. What could it be?

Extreme itching w/ small cuts & blistering in vaginal area around anus & up butt crack. Pathology neg for bacteria, fungus & other. What could it be?

Dermatologist: You should see a dermatologist. This could be psoriasis, etc. What kind of "pathology" was negative? A smear? Occasionaly, even herpes cannot be ruled out without a biopsy. ...Read more

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Red oval kinda raised bumps around anus, inside of cheek, very itchy, hurts really bad, worse when wiped, sound like warts or pruritus ani?

Red oval kinda raised bumps around anus, inside of cheek, very itchy, hurts really bad, worse when wiped, sound like warts or pruritus ani?

Either: unfortunately, your symptoms may be either one. You should definitely see your dermatologist to get the correct diagnosis. This is important as each has a completely different treatment. ...Read more

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My skin itches so bad i've started to bleed. What would be the best way to treat my itchy skin?

My skin itches so bad i've started to bleed. What would be the best way to treat my itchy skin?

Antihistamines: If you are pregnant and itching that badly you need to see your care provider to rule out possibly serious conditions such as cholestasis of pregnancy. If serious conditions are ruled out than you can try antihistamines such as Claritin zyrtec or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as well as oatmeal baths like aveeno and emollient skin creams such as eucerin. Make sure your air is well humidified as well ...Read more

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Itchy skin all over body, worse at night, rash isn't that noticeable but itches like crazy & sometimes burns. What could it be?

Itchy skin all over body, worse at night, rash isn't that noticeable but itches like crazy & sometimes burns. What could it be?

Many possibilities: When the body itches all over, it implies that the itching/rash may be a reaction from an ingestion such as a medication or food, or an allergy to the environment, ie hayfever. Another possibility could be a skin infestation such as scabies. Reactions to things like fabrics or laundry detergent will usually spare certain parts of the body such as the head/scalp, hands and feet. ...Read more

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Can low iron cause itching skin, can not find any environmental causes. Was on a period for almost 4 months, itches started after that stopped.

Can low iron cause itching skin, can not find any environmental causes. Was on a period for almost 4 months, itches started after that stopped.

Yes: Low iron has been reported to be a cause of itchy skin and even hair loss. If you have had a period for 4 months, it is a highly likely problem. Hope you have been followed by your GYN doctor re. the period as well since it is by no means normal. At the minimum, get a CBC to check for anemia. . ...Read more

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I have itchy skin every where no dry skin and when it itches it starts to burn and get red but no bumps or rash what is this ?

I have itchy skin every where  no dry skin and when it itches it starts to burn and get red but no bumps or rash what is this ?

Well: It gets red and itches then goes away, no rash or bumps. It could be a rash or what is called idiopathic urticaria, release of inflammation due to stress. Oddlly enough sometimes an h-2 bkocker like tagamet for the the stomach can help. It may be allergic reaction or something else and i would not avoid seeing a doctor. I would trey Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night and tagamet is pretty cheap. Look up idiop. ...Read more

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I get extremely itchy skin usually on my legs and when I itch it I get raised bumps and Red pin point dots and it itches more. Should I be concerned?

I get extremely itchy skin usually on my legs and when I itch it I get raised bumps and Red pin point dots and it itches more. Should I be concerned?

Dry skin?: Try applying a moisturizer on your legs within 3 minutes after bathing (daily bathing is encouraged) to see if this helps (may take a couple of weeks). Avoid scented or anti-bacterial soap. If the problem fails to resolve, consult a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Have swollen itchy skin near head of circumcised penis after masturbation. Have nystatin cream from doctor will this clear up ? Itches very bad

Have swollen itchy skin near head of circumcised penis after masturbation. Have nystatin cream from doctor will this clear up ? Itches very bad

Penis problem: There are several entities which could cause the swelling of skin after trauma. Some of those are types of hives which result from pressure, however they are transient intend to go away pretty fast without much itching. If you have continued problem with this you're going to have to photograph the skin as it develops its problem and then show that picture to your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Hi. I have dry, itchy, scalpy, flaky, cracking skin around my anus and on buttlocks. It itches very bad. How can I treat that?

Hi. I have dry, itchy, scalpy, flaky, cracking skin around my anus and on buttlocks. It itches very bad. How can I treat that?

It sound to me: by the areas involved that you may have PSORIASIS!

My suggestion is that you start by seeing a Board Certified Dermatologist...there are many TREATMENTS if that is the diagnosis.

Over the counter steroid (cortisone) is a FIRST AID you can try....but check with your PCP for any other treatment if you cannot see a Dermatology specialist soon!
Hope this helps!

Dr z ...Read more

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Blood in stool white pimple looking things on anus and descoloration of the skin around the anus. Itches at some times and causes it to smell backther?

Blood in stool white pimple looking things on anus and descoloration of the skin around the anus. Itches at some times and causes it to smell backther?

Possible infection: While it may be nothing serious .... There is the possibility that there is an underlying anal infection (abscess) ... Possibly cause by an anal fistula (small connection into the anus).
Try a protective ointment - like anusol - and warm baths with epsom salts.
However, if it persists, do see a proctologist who can properly diagnose your condition.
All the best, peter wilk, md. ...Read more

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Skin around anus hurts slightly. Like an abrasion. And hurts when i clean. Burns slightly. What is it? Haven't been sexually involved for months.

Skin around anus hurts slightly. Like an abrasion. And hurts when i clean. Burns slightly. What is it? Haven't been sexually involved for months.

Pruritis Ani: Pruritus ani can be caused by many things including pinworms (parasites), bacterial infections, diet, reactions to oral antibiotics, and underlying (systemic) disease conditions of the body such as diabetes mellitus. ...Read more

Around Anus (Definition)

Around, to me, would mean you can touch anus (opening) and the other thing you are concerned with at the same time ...Read more


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Itch (Definition)

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