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Anal Itching (cont.)

Medical Treatment

Most causes of anal itching can be readily treated.

  • Hydrocortisone cream (1%) applied locally for no more than two weeks (to avoid skin damage).
  • Pinworms and bacterial infections are treated with prescription anti-parasitic pills.
  • Yeast infections and many rashes improve with creams.
  • Skin lesions such as warts or hemorrhoids are removed with minor surgical procedures.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/23/2014
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