Pruritis Ani Treatment

If a definite cause of the itching can be identified such as haemorrhoids, anal fissure and skin tags, treatment is usually recommended.

Underlying skin conditions such as anal intraepithelial neoplasia (AIN) may require surgery and / or close monitoring.

Fungal infections usually respond well to an appropriate cream. The consultant would advise their use. It is important to follow instructions carefully as over use of some creams, particularly those containing a steroid, can damage the skin and cause worsening symptoms.

Threadworm usually requires treatment of the whole family to prevent re-infection.

Where the cause is not immediately obvious, careful hygiene, avoidance of certain foods etc is usually recommended - see pruritis ani advice sheet for more information.

What are the next steps?
If you think you have this condition or any of these symptoms
you will need to seek medical advice.
For more information or to make an appointment.
Contact birmingham bowel clinic on 0845 241 7762
or email
If you have private medical care or wish
to pay to see a consultant.
Take this factsheet along to your own
GP and request a referral to one
of our consultants
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