Anal Itching (Pruritus Ani): Causes & Symptoms

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Anal itching might seem like a small problem in terms of overall health, but at the same time, it’s very annoying.

What is Anal Itching?

Intense itching problems primarily centered around the anus is termed “anal itching”. The itching sensation is accompanied by an almost undeniable desire to scratch the affected area. Anal itching is also known as Pruritus ani. It mostly occurs in men, and the concrete reasons behind anal itching have not been completely identified yet.

A young woman in tshirt and jeans suffering from symptoms of anal itching

Causes

Anal itching is caused due to a variety of factors including:

  • Dry skin, which is prone to happen due to the natural aging of the skin
  • The pressure created due to sitting for long hours
  • Excessive moisture due to loose stools and sweating
  • Chemical irritants
  • Anal tumors
  • Fissures and abrasions
  • Yeast infections
  • Skin disorders
  • Laxatives

Symptoms

The main symptoms of anal itching include:

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About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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