Symptoms of Pruritis Ani

There are a number of causes of pruritis ani.

It can be a symptom of other anal conditions, such as haemorrhoids (also known as piles) or anal fissures (a tear or crack in the lining of the skin of the anal canal). In these cases it is likely that a tiny amount of leakage causes irritation to the skin and then itchiness.

In some cases the presence of external anal skin tags makes it difficult to clean and this can cause itching.

Excessive moisture caused by sweating around the anal area is a common cause, Cleanliness can be a contributing factor and traces of stool or excessive moisture left behind, can cause skin irritation.

Skin irritation may be caused by underlying skin conditions such as, anal intraepithelial neoplasia (AIN).

A fungal infection of the skin around the anus can also cause intense itching.

Some foods and drinks have been associated with causing skin irritation around the anus after a bowel movement. These may include tea, coffee, carbonated drinks, milk, tomatoes, alcohol (especially beer and wine) cheese, chocolate, citrus fruits and spices.

Some types of perfumed soaps etc may cause local irritation and should be avoided.

Threadworms are a common cause of anal itching in children and can be passed on to the rest of the family.

What are the next steps?
If you think you have this condition or any of these symptoms
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