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What's the best treatment to get rid of pruritus ani?

What's the best treatment to get rid of pruritus ani?

Find cause: Immediate treatment can consist of topical steroids swell as supposotories. For more resistant case intralesional or systemic steroids can be helpful. An examination of the sigmoid colon for any underlying problems as well as an evaluation for food sensitivities or external factors my be ne eeesary to alleviate the problem long term. ...Read more

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What cream or ointment should I use on an itchy anus? My anus itches like crazy and I don't know why. I don't know weather to use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or some other treatment.

What cream or ointment should I use on an itchy anus? My anus itches like crazy and I don't know why. I don't know weather to use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or some other treatment.

Most often: Anal itching in an adult is from either excess caffeine/beer or excess moisture or possibly yeast infection. I do not use any ointments for anal itching. Cut out the caffeine and beer and use plain cornstarch powder liberally and frequently to your bottom. If itching is waking from sleep, caffeine is the most likely culprit. Also consider pin worms but rare in adult. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor should I see for pruritus ani?

Which type of doctor should I see for pruritus ani?

2 most common: Causes of pruritus ani in adults is caffeine and excess moisture. So, cut out all cafeine and use corn starch powder liberally and frequently on the affected area. ...Read more

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Is there a quick cure for anal itching (pruritus ani)?

Is there a quick cure for anal itching (pruritus ani)?

Multifactorial: Causes include excessive hygiene, pinworms, diet, anal leakage, hemorrhoids. Try avoiding soap and washcloth on anal area. Only warm water and your hand to cleanse in the shower. Avoid medicated wipes, just use soft toilet paper and wipe as little as possible. Avoid ingesting coffee, tea, soda, beer or citrus. ...Read more

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Do pinworms cause pain in the butt or just pruritus ani?

Do pinworms cause pain in the butt or just pruritus ani?

Itching: The pinworms themselves can go unnoticed by the body & do not cause pain. It is actually the egg laying of pregnant worms in a mucus that triggers a skin eruption/rash/itching. The rash is much like a poison ivy reaction & can persist for a while after the worms are killed off. ...Read more

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What is pruritus ani if not pinworms? Is it allergic in some way?

What is pruritus ani if not pinworms? Is it allergic in some way?

Multifactorial: Causes include excessive hygiene, pinworms, diet, anal leakage, hemorrhoids. Try avoiding soap and washcloth on anal area. Only warm water and your hand to cleanse in the shower. Avoid medicated wipes, just use soft toilet paper and wipe as little as possible. Avoid ingesting coffee, tea, soda, beer or citrus. ...Read more

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Itchy anus (pruritus ani) causes? Especially since Vermox already tried.

Itchy anus (pruritus ani) causes? Especially since Vermox already tried.

Multifactorial: Causes include excessive hygiene, pinworms, diet, anal leakage, hemorrhoids. Try avoiding soap and washcloth on anal area. Only warm water and your hand to cleanse in the shower. Avoid medicated wipes, just use soft toilet paper and wipe as little as possible. Avoid ingesting coffee, tea, soda, beer or citrus. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of itchy and somtimes sores on the anus caused by pruritus ani?

How do you get rid of itchy and somtimes sores on the anus caused by pruritus ani?

Don't wipe the area!: One of the common reasons for pruritus ani is excessive wiping of the anus. Repeated wiping can damage the skin around the anus and causes discomfort and itching and wetness of the area. The best way to clean the anus after bowel movement is to wash with water and gently dab dry. Also, if you have a sore or wound in that area it may need a biopsy to make sure there is no cancer or other lesion. ...Read more

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I have pruritus ani. Can I have soy milk or any other foods that I'm not allergic to?

I have pruritus ani. Can I have soy milk or any other foods that I'm not allergic to?

Define "allergic": Blood or skin tests that are not reactive to soy or foods do not mean you can ignore them as a problem. You may be intolerant to them. You need to use that information as a guide but add a food diary using elimination to decide if an item aggravates any particular symptom. ...Read more

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I have pruritus ani, and I believe it is from over cleanliness which may have caused the nerves of my perianal skin to be overactive, what can I do?

I have pruritus ani, and I believe it is from over cleanliness which may have caused the nerves of my perianal skin to be overactive, what can I do?

Try: An OTC (Over the Counter) Hydro-cortisone Cream (Hemorrhoid creams may contain this)
Hope it helps!
Dr Z
BTW pruritus ani may be a SIGN of a HEMORRHOIDAL
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How can I cure pruritus ani?

How can I cure pruritus ani?

By finding the cause: It can be caused by worms, fungal infections, irritation from something you're wiping with, hemorrhoids, etc. Each cause has a different cure. ...Read more

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How can I treat pruritus ani?

How can I treat pruritus ani?

Pruritis Ani dx & tx: Pruritis ani is an annoying itching, sometimes with burning, soreness, worse at night, in 1-5% of people (4x likelier in males). Treatment depends on causes: infection (fungal, parasitic, bacterial, std), local irritants (moisture, soaps, diet, drugs), dermatitis (psoriatic, atopic, seborrheic), cancer, hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulae, rectal prolapse, fecal contamination (diarrhea, incontinence). ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get pruritus ani?

Do a lot of people get pruritus ani?

Yes, very common: Puritis ani describes itching around the anus. It has many causes including excessive or inadequate wiping, moisture (chapped), sensitivity to scented toilet paper or laundry products, superficial yeast infection, and pinworms. Try to change your toileting habits, use a protective cream or anti-fungal cream. If these don't help see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have read a lot about it and figured that I have pruritus ani, is there a cure?

I have read a lot about it and figured that I have pruritus ani, is there a cure?

Keep reading: And figure out the cause. You can even check yourself for pinworms if you have a kid's microscope. Your physician can advise you from here. ...Read more

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I am suffering from pruritus ani please suggest me a medication that I have to undergo plzzz.....

Pruritus ani: Pruritus ani is an extremely itchy skin condition around the anus which is made worse by rubbing or scratching. Causes such as infections or parasites have to be ruled out. Eliminate anything that irritates, use nonsoap cleanser, no washcloth, do not rub with towel, pat dry, use wet toilet tissue to wipe and blot to dry. No fragrances or dyes in anything. Dermatologist can rx proper meds. ...Read more

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Is a pain in the butt pruritus ani, or is pruritis ani only supposed to itch?

Is a pain in the butt pruritus ani, or is pruritis ani only supposed to itch?

Itch: The word "pruritis" means itch. If it's pain, not itch, then the word will usually have the suffix "algia.". ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with pruritus ani?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with pruritus ani?

Yes: Pruritis ani is a fairly common, and frustrating, irritated skin condition which causes a lot of itching of the delicate skin around the anus. Causes are usually "irritants" such as soap, body lotion, shampoo (and then more scratching!). Avoiding soaps, cleansing with just warm water, and sometimes oral anti-itch medications will typically take care of it. ...Read more

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I have had pruritus ani for more than 8 months now and I have heard that there is a 20 % risk it could be related to cancer. Is that true? If not how is the correlation between symptoms and cancer?

I have had pruritus ani for more than 8 months now and I have heard that there is a 20 % risk it could be related to cancer. Is that true? If not how is the correlation between symptoms and cancer?

Wrong: I've never heard such a thing, and it makes no sense. The most common cause is dryness and chafing due to excessive washing and wiping. The treatment: no soap, wash just once a day with lukewarm water, wipe gently, and leave it alone. ...Read more

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My pcp says I have pruritus ani. Since 1996. Nothing helps. Bactine helps pain and cuts. Anything better for healing? Cuts & sores never seem to heal.

Sitz baths: Sitz baths for 20/30 minutes. Afterwards apply a local anesthetic ointment, but you should alo see a gastroenterologist as to why you are getting cuts and sores. ...Read more

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I've Pruritus ani for about 6 years. I'm active & not overweight. Daytime I get itchy for 5 mins or so on/off. Nightime it wakes me. Never drank coffee?

Lotion: Use lotion. Aveeno (oatmeal) is good. There are others. After a bowel movement, use lotion on bathroom paper to clean the skin and also inside. You will discover that dry paper did not always clean the area. In the shower, use only your hands to clean there. Whenever it feels wet or itchy, often after a fart, go immediately to the toilet and clean with your lotion. Carry a small bottle of lotion everywhere. ...Read more

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Can I die from pruritus ani if I ignore it?

No: Pruritis ani can be very frustrating (and itchy!) but rarely causes serious trouble. However if ignored, and scratched, it is possible to develop local secondary infection, and even abscess, so I don't recommend "ignoring" any persistant symptom: your body is trying to tell you something! ...Read more

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How fast can I make my pruritus ani go away?

Quick with a cream: If your itching is from eczema or an irritant then a steroid cream could make your symptoms go away quickly. Make sure you do not have parasites causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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Does pruritus ani usually cause many symptoms?

Does pruritus ani usually cause many symptoms?

Just itching!: Pruritis ani is a descriptive term for its very annoying and bothersome symptoms: itching of the sensitive skin around your anus. Causes vary, but are commonly just irritants like soap, shampoo, body lotion (or scratching!). ...Read more

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I have pruritus ani and I need to find a homemade cure because I don't want to tell anyone.?

I have pruritus ani and I need to find a homemade cure because I don't want to tell anyone.?

Multifactorial: Causes include excessive hygiene, pinworms, diet, anal leakage, hemorrhoids. Try avoiding soap and washcloth on anal area. Only warm water and your hand to cleanse in the shower. Avoid medicated wipes, just use soft toilet paper and wipe as little as possible. Avoid ingesting coffee, tea, soda, beer or citrus. ...Read more

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Is pruritus ani curable?

Is pruritus ani curable?

Pritis ani cure: Yes, it is curable once you identify the cause. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for pruritus ani?

Is there a cure for pruritus ani?

Cause?: The caus needs to be determined - external irritation or underlying rectal problems. Persistent pruritic ani should be evaluated with sigmoidoscopy. Local treatment with anti itch creams, suppositorys and change in diet can be helpful. Oral charcoal brickettes can absorb irritants and decrease symptoms. ...Read more

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Had pruritus ani for years. I scratch every night. Recently noticed a little skin-coloured hard bump on wrinkly part of anus. No pain to touch. Ideas?

May need medical exa: A Physical examination from your doctor is the best way to know what is the cause of your anal problems. This bump could be pile (Hemorrhoid) but you need to be sure you are not missing/delaying the diagnosis of something more serious. If it was hemorrhoids, a local medication like Hydrocortisone may be useful to stop the itch. If the anal bump gets any bigger, then you should definitely go to Doct ...Read more

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What is pruritus ani?

Itchy butt: Literally. Causes are typically related to hemorrhoids in adults but in the young, parasitic worm infections can trigger awful nightime anal itch. ...Read more

Anal Itching (Definition)

Unpleasant sensation that creates the urge to scratch oneself in the ...Read more


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