Anal Itching Glossary of Terms

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Allergic reaction: The hypersensitive response of the immune system of an allergic indiv...

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Anal fissure: A tear in the anal canal, one of the most common causes of red blood in the ...

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Anal itching: Irritation of the skin at the exit of the rectum, accompanied by the desire ...

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. ...

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Anus: The opening of the rectum to the outside of the body.

Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Bowel: The small and large intestine.

Caffeine: A stimulant compound found naturally in coffee, tea, cocoa (chocolate), and kola...

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Cancer: An abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, ...

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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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Colorectal: Related to the colon and/or rectum.

Diabetes: Refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabetes mell...

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Diarrhea: A common condition that involves unusually frequent and liquid bowel movements. ...

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Discharge: 1.The flow of fluid from part of the body, such as from the nose or vag...

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Dry skin: Abnormally dry skin. Can be caused by a dry climate, winter weather, deficiency...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Family practice: The medical specialty which provides continuing and comprehensive health ...

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Fecal: Relating to the feces, the stool. The excrement discharged from the intestines.

Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degr...

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Fissure: A cleft or groove. A fissure can be normal or abnormal.

Gastroenterology: The medical specialty devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of d...

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Genital: Pertaining to the external and/or internal organs of reproduction.

Germ: 1. A cell or group of cells (called a primordium) capable of developing into ...

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Hemorrhoids: Dilated (enlarged) veins in the walls of the anus and sometimes around the re...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Internal medicine: The medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and medical treatment ...

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Itching: An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on ...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Pelvic: Having to do with the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen, located between the h...

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Pelvic pain: : Pain perceived in the area of the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen loc...

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Placebo-controlled: A term used to describe a method of research in which an inactive subs...

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Prescription: A physician's order for the preparation and administration of a drug or dev...

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Pruritus: Itching. Pruritus can result from drug reaction, food allergy, kidney or liver...

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Pruritus ani: A medical name for itchiness of the anus. See Anal itching.

Psoriasis: A reddish, scaly rash often located over the surfaces of the elbows, knees, sca...

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Rash: Breaking out (eruption) of the skin. A rash can be caused by an underlying medical c...

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Seborrhea: A chronic inflammatory disease of the skin characterized by the accumulation of...

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Sweat: A colorless transparent acidic fluid with a distinctive odor secreted by the small ...

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Sweating: The act of secreting fluid from the skin by the sweat (sudoriferous) glands. The...

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Symptom: Any subjective evidence of disease. In contrast, a sign is objective. Blood comin...

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Topical: Pertaining to a particular surface area. For example, a topical agent is applied ...

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Yeast infection: Overgrowth of yeast can affect the skin (yeast rash), mouth (thrush), di...

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