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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

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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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What is the treatment for anal itching that is best and has fewest side effects?

What is the treatment for anal itching that is best and has fewest side effects?

See your doctor: There are multiple different causes for anal itching. I would recommend seeing your doctor so they can evaluate you to determine the cause and prescribe the appropriate treatment based on what they find. ...Read more

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What are the causes and advised treatment for anal itching? I've been having intermittent anal itching for the past 2 years. Albendazole didn't help

What are the causes and advised treatment for anal itching? I've been having intermittent anal itching for the past 2 years. Albendazole didn't help

THe most: Common cause of anal itching especially if it wakes you from your sleep is caffeine followed by excess perspiration. Do not use witch hazel! cut out all caffeine and use corn starch powder on your bottom when getting dressed and whenever you feel dampness or itching in that area. Avoid petroleum based creams of any kind. ...Read more

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Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has anal itching, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?

Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has anal itching, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?

It depends: It depends on what is causing the anal itching. One thing that will happen is that he will continue to have the itching and it won't get better. If he wants to feel better he will need to see a doctor to determine the cause to treatment can be done. There are multiple causes for this such as pinworms, hemorrhoids, etc. You need the right diagnosis and treatment to get better! ...Read more

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Hi I m medival student please dr tell me treatment of anal itching?

Hi I m medival student please dr tell me treatment of anal itching?

Etiology: Figure out the cause first. Then you know the treatment- could be pinworms, contact dermatitis, or one of many other things, suggest you see a dr for an exam. ...Read more

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Could my vaginal and anal itching be related? And what could've caused the irritation? Is there an OTC med/treatment I can try?

Could my vaginal and anal itching be related? And what could've caused the irritation? Is there an OTC med/treatment I can try?

Yes but. . .: Yes, itching could be related but w/o more info, much less examination, there's no way to tell. You can try any number of vaginal and hemorrhoid creams (use only as directed!) but for definitive treatment, you'll need to go see your Family Doc, GYN or Planned Parenthood for evaluation. ...Read more

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What are possible causes and treatments for anal itching?

At least 5 causes: Causes--most commonly results from failure to clean the area after a bowel movement. Others inclued some foods and drinks that may irritate the anus, some powerful antibiotics, chemical irritation or skin allergy in the anal area, and intense cleaning after a bowel movement. Less often, an anal itch may be a symptom of an illness that affects the anal area. The treatment would depend on the cause. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Anal itching for 2 months, Dr thought pinworms. Prescribed albenza 8 days ago, anus still itches like crazy. Should itch have stopped? Is it working?

Anal itching for 2 months, Dr thought pinworms. Prescribed albenza 8 days ago, anus still itches like crazy. Should itch have stopped? Is it working?

Intertrigo/fungal: Likely due to fungal or intertrigo. Pinworms less likely. I would recommend washing 2-3x a day, drying in front of fan, applying very small amount of baking soda. You can try athletes foot spray too. Do this for 2-4 weeks. ...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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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 can cause severe anal itching, if I don't have hemorrhoids?

Anal pruritis: Anal itching of an intense nature is usually due to infection. If it's not an std then it may be pinworms. Ask your primary care physician to screen for this. ...Read more

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I am experiencing anal itching, anal pain and feeling of unfinished defecation, and my anal jus doesn't look right to me.

I am experiencing anal itching, anal pain and feeling of unfinished defecation, and my anal jus doesn't look right to me.

Fissure / piles: Anal fissure or inflamed hemorrhoids (piles) are common to cause such symptoms, although other problems can be the case, so you need to be examined. Meanwhile, wash the area well after each bowel movement, sit in warm tub, (sitz bath) for about 10 minutes, use OTC hemorrhoids cream as preparation H, good luck ...Read more

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Anal itching. What can I take/?

Anal itching. What can I take/?

Most common problem: Is hemorrhoids. Try tub baths a few times a week instead of shower, use pre-moistened wipes in a dabbing rather than "sandpaper" motion, prep h is worth a try. If this doesn't work, pcp or medical GI help. ...Read more

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What can I do for anal itching?

What can I do for anal itching?

Cream: Your dermatologist can diagnose and prescribe medication for this. ...Read more

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I would like help with anal itching?

I would like help with anal itching?

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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What causes anal itching and how do I relieve it?

What causes anal itching and how do I relieve it?

Many causes: Many causes, including worms, hemorrhoids, and allergies. Needs a doctor to check it out properly. ...Read more

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