Anal Itching

Itching around the anus, otherwise called pruritis ani, can be extremely uncomfortable and embarrassing. Infections (including sexually transmitted infections), fecal incontinence, chronic diarrhea, harsh soaps, psoriasis, diabetes, hemorrhoids, anal tumors, etc., can all result in anal itching.

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Can conservative methods treat a thrombosed hemorrhoid?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a male, and for the past two days, I have had pain and itching around the anus. The doctor checked and told me that it is a thrombosed hemorrhoid. Can you please let me know the treatment for this? Can it be solved by using conservative methods or do I need any surgery? Thanks in a...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It would be best if you can upload the pictures of the problem before I can comment and recommend anything definitive and specific to you. If I assume that your doctor rightly diagnosed the problem as a thrombosed hemorrhoid, then I suggest you try doing the following: ...  Read Full »

I am applying Sucral Ano cream for my itchy and painful anus. What more can I do to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have itching in the anus with little pain, and I am applying Sucral Ano cream for one day. Sometimes I face constipation, but I faced these symptoms two years back. What do I need to do more? Do I need to take any antibiotics? Do I need to apply Elocon ointment there for itching?  Read Full »

Dr. Madhav Tiwari

Answer: Hello, Please continue to apply Sucral Ano (Sucralfate and Metronidazole) twice a day for five to seven days. It should settle your problem. For itching, please apply Calamine lotion once in the afternoon for one week. For prevention: 1. Please drink 10 cups of fluids per day. 2. Eat a high-fib...  Read Full »

My kid has itching in her anus and difficulty passing stools. Can I apply Sucral Ano cream?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed my daughter of 4 years and 5 months is itching in her ano. She told it was getting hard when she wanted to pass stools. I noticed a mild inflammation in her ano and a mild crack. Please suggest a cream or medicine for her. I have Sucral Ano Cream. Can I apply? Please help us.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concerns. I have seen the picture that you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There appears to be a cut over perianal region due to hard stools. In my opinion, I suggest the child should be given: Syrup Oflomac-M...  Read Full »

I am having itching sensation near anus with pain during bowel movement. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 29 years old. I am experiencing a slight itching sensation near the anus area and having slight pain during a bowel movement. The pain disappears after a bowel movement. A few years ago I got similar kind of thing and the doctor told I have a fissure. Presently I am using medicine...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If it is fissure, you can go for local application of cream Anovate gel (apply it inside the anus at night before you sleep and morning 20 minutes after you pass stools). For pain, take tablet Chymoral forte in the morning and night before food. Change your lifestyle an...  Read Full »

How do I get treated for pruritus ani?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a skin condition. As per my research, it could be pruritus ani. But I am sure I would get a proper and accurate diagnosis from your end. I have a severe itchy bum and have been suffering from the same for almost eight years. I have never had the courage to consult a dermatologist ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to can understand your concerns as I have analyzed each detail that you have provided. I have managed lots of cases with matching condition and feel that you too will make good use of the information and suggestions. First please get your stool tests done on three conse...  Read Full »

I suffer from chronic painful constipation and defecate only twice a week. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I defecate two times a week, and I suffer from chronic constipation for the last year. Today while defecating due to hard stool it was very painful and drops of blood came out from the rectal region. At night itching occurs in the anal region. I am not taking any medicines. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Please answer the following questions for a better understanding of your problem: Are there any other associated symptoms? Do you have any burning sensation while urinating? Do you eat a lot of outsi...  Read Full »

Can skin thinning result from Anovate cream?

Query: Hi doctor, Around 1 year ago, I was diagnosed with anal fissure. My doctor has prescribed me a topical steroid cream, Anovate and I used it for about eight months. My fissure was healed, but I was left with constant pain, itching and pricking sensation around the anus while walking. I was not able ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kagathara Happy Kumar Devkaranbhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Anal fissure develops due to erosion of anal mucosa during hard straining particularly in constipated person. This is the main cause for it. So, prevention or treatment of constipation is very important. Once the anal mucosa get eroded due to straining, then the normal...  Read Full »

Does perianal wetness indicate incomplete healing of fistulotomy surgery?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 29-year-old female. I suffered from abscess when I was eight and a half months pregnant. After three months, it was diagnosed as fistula and gone under fistulotomy operation. Since the past few months, I feel some wetness in the perianal area. And today, I saw a blood spot on the...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to After reviewing the information shared and your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), a few things come to mind. Wetness in the perianal area and itching are because of the small amount of seepage of stools around the anus. This stool causes irritatio...  Read Full »

Will anal fistula heal on its own?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with fistula-in-ano before eight years. I just consulted multiple physicians and surgeons. They all said to wait and watch and put me on antibiotics. Two years later, my fistula has closed on its own and there is no pus discharge or abscess forming. The healing was fast an...  Read Full »

Dr. Kagathara Happy Kumar Devkaranbhai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Fistula-in-ano is a surgical condition and cannot be cured by medicines only. Yes, antibiotic has minor role just to prevent infection.If fistula tract develops an infection then from which an abscess will develop and later the fistula tract may extend.External fistula op...  Read Full »

I am a 18-year-old, I have been having an extremely itchy anus and pain in my private parts. Please provide me with a treatment for this.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old. My anus has been itchy for a few days. On the second day after this started, the itching was so severe that I had to excuse myself for visiting the bathroom. Once I got there, I noticed a yellowish-brown discharge on my underwear. It was very difficult for me to pass...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. However, it is difficult to come to one diagnosis based on your symptoms. It can be a local rectal or anal inflammatory condition. You may also have inflammation around the vagina. I suggest you get an anal and vagina...  Read Full »

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