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