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Anal Itching

Facts on Anal Itching

  • Anal itching (and perianal itching) occurs around and near the anus, which is the opening for the bowels.
  • Anal itching occurs more often in men, and, most of the time, no cause can be identified.
  • Factors that put people most at risk for anal itching are
  • Treatment for anal itching includes home remedies and some medications.
  • Depending on the cause anal itching can be prevented by changing toilet tissue, wearing loose underwear and avoiding known food irritants.

What Causes Anal Itching?

When a cause can be found, the itching is usually due to irritation of the skin around the anus.

Some of the most common irritants include the following:

  • Perfumes, chemicals, or dye on toilet paper can cause an allergic reaction.
  • Moisture from sweat or diarrhea may cause itching. If the anal skin stays wet, the skin begins to break down.
  • Some foods irritate the anus when they are expelled during a bowel movement. The most common culprits are
  • Infections such as pinworms, yeast, and genital warts can cause itching.
  • Hemorrhoids, which cause painful swelling of blood vessels in the anal area, can cause itching.
  • Cancer, in rare instances, may be a cause of anal itching.
Last Reviewed 11/21/2017
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