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What is anal itching?

Anal itching is also called rectal itching. It is itching in and around the anus (rear end). The anus is where you have a BM.

Anal itching is common and not usually serious. But anal itching may be very painful.

Anal itching is a common but annoying problem. Anal itching occurs more often in men, and, most of the time, no cause can be identified. Anal itching occurs around and near the anus, which is the opening for the bowels. Anal itch is an intense itching around your anus - the canal that's the outlet for your rectum. The itch, located in your anus or on the skin just around your anus, may be accompanied by a strong urge to scratch. It can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable situation.

Also called pruritus ani, anal itch has many causes. Numerous factors may cause anal itch to be more intense - including moisture, the abrasion caused by your clothing, and the pressure of sitting. Anal itch is usually most noticeable and bothersome at night or right after a bowel movement. Anal itch is a common problem that most people have experienced. Don't be afraid to talk with your doctor about this condition. With proper treatment and self-care measures, most people can achieve complete relief.

More information on anal itching

What is anal itching? - Anal itching is also called rectal itching. It is itching in and around the anus (rear end). Anal itching is a common but annoying problem.
What causes anal itching? - Most cases of anal itch are caused by a harmless problem. But anal itch can be a sign of more serious medical issues.
What're the symptoms of anal itching? - Anal itch is an irritating sensation around the anus that is relieved temporarily by scratching or rubbing.
How is anal itching diagnosed? - The doctor may be able to pinpoint the cause of your itching simply by asking you questions about your symptoms.
What're the treatments for anal itching? - Treatment of anal itching depends upon what is causing the problem. Gently wipe your anus well with toilet paper after having a BM.
How to prevent anal itching? - Prevention of anal itch mainly involves washing properly and avoiding irritants. Wash the area in the morning, at night and immediately after bowel movements. 
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