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Soothing Relief for Anal Discomfort | Everyday Health
We respect your privacy. Many conditions, including hemorrhoids and anal fissures, result in irritation and discomfort in the anal region. The anus is the external opening of the lower intestine. Fecal material collects in the rectum and is passed outside the body via the anal opening. If your intestines are giving you problems, you may be experiencing anal discomfort, too. There are a number of digestive health issues that can cause anal itch, pain, tenderness, and general anal discomfort. Here are some common problems that can leave you looking for relief:.
Anal Itch (Pruritus Ani)
Anal itch, also known as pruritus ani, is an irritating, itchy sensation around the anus the opening through which stool passes out of the body. Anal itch is a symptom, not an illness, and it can have many different causes. In most cases, a person with anal itch does not have a disease of the anus or rectum. Instead, the itchy sensation is a sign that one or more of the following has irritated the skin in the area:.
Your doctor may be able to diagnose the cause of your itching simply by asking you questions about your symptoms, medical history and personal care habits. If pinworms are suspected, your doctor may suggest doing a test for pinworms. You may also need a physical exam, including a digital rectal exam. If the cause of your itching isn't obvious or it doesn't respond to initial treatment, your doctor may refer you to a skin specialist dermatologist.