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Anal Itching

Anal Itching Overview

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.

Factors that put people most at risk for anal itching are as follows:

  • Dietary factors
  • Fecal soilage
  • Diabetes
  • Recent antibiotic use
  • Chronic dry skin conditions such as psoriasis and seborrhea
  • Profuse sweating
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/23/2014
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