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Doctor insights on: Remedies For Pruritus Ani

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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

Anal Itching (Definition)

Anal itching is a symptom in which a person has itching at his anus (where his stool/poop comes out). In children, anal itching may be caused by pinworms (little thread-sized worms about ...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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What is pruritus ani?

What is pruritus ani?

Itchy Butt; 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, coffee, 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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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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How is pruritus ani generally treated?

How is pruritus ani generally treated?

Itchy Butt; 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, coffee, 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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Can I die from pruritus ani if I ignore it?

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?

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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Itchy Anus (Definition)

Pruritus ani is itchiness at the anus. It can be due to a number of causes, such as rashes, hemorrhoids, or as is common in children, ...Read more


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Itch (Definition)

Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more