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Can I die from pruritus ani if I ignore it?

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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
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Dr. Luis Matos
Integrative Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Probably not

The most common cause is pinworm infection.
Go to your doctor, because if you have them, then all family/household members also need to be treated.

In brief: Probably not

The most common cause is pinworm infection.
Go to your doctor, because if you have them, then all family/household members also need to be treated.
Dr. Luis Matos
Dr. Luis Matos
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