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Recurring Anal Itching
Yesterday unexpectedly i got anal itching and i don't know why. What could it be? Usually it itches during the morning and night, not the afternoon.
Rash or pinworms? : This is a common symptom of a pinworm infection. It is not life-threatening and easy to treat. See your doctor and explain what's going on. You could also have a rash that might need a non-prescription cream or ointment. Itchiness in that area is common, and a quick visit with the doctor should be diagnostic and helpful. ...Read more
Get evaluated: Pruritus ani is a difficult problem that can have variable causes including irritation from soaps used, fecal material if there any issue with incontinence, infection as well as more concerning problems including malignancy. If over the counter Hydrocortisone or pramasone are not useful and the condition persists, it's best to get evaluated by a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Try cream first: Try thorough cleansing with gentle soap and water one or two times a day, then applying over the counter hydrocortisone 1% cream at night for a few days. If the itching continues, you need to get seen by a doctor. It is likely caused by a fissure or hemorrhoid that should calm down with the above treatment, but it could be an infection that needs further treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Before treatment...: Could you be referring to fissures, fistula, abscess? Sexually transmitted disease (syphilis, gc, hiv, etc.) should be considered. Hemorrhoids & rectal prolapse can appear as an outward bulging. Anal trauma of any kind may cause mechanical injury. Skin eruptions need to be considered. Evaluation is recommended to distinguish serious versus less concerning reasons for your problem before treatment. ...Read more
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