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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How to manage the itching felt on my anus and the surrounding cracks?

Query: Hi doctor, My anus and the surrounding crack are substantially lighter than the rest of my skin. It makes me think of vitiligo with the way it looks. But I have no idea about what it is. I have no idea how long it has been like this as I typically never looked at the said region. I only noticed i...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is a fungal infection called Tinea corporis (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Apply 1 percent Luliconazole cream twice daily in the morning and night for 4 weeks. Avoid scratching and rubbing of lesions. Take tablet Levocetirizine 5 mg at night after ...  Read Full »

I am a 33-year-old female and I wiped myself with already used toilet paper. Can this be a reason for anal itching?

Query: Hi,I am a 33-year- old female. About four years ago, I was in a bar, and I had diarrhea, so I went quickly to the toilet, but I did not have any more options but to use the toilet paper that was used. It was dry and appeared to be clean. The next day I started to have a lot of itchiness in the skin ...  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Most probably, you have a fungal infection in the region. Would it be possible for you to share a picture of the affected area? That will help me to diagnose the condition better. Please answer a few questions- 1. When was...  Read Full »

I have so much irritation and anal itching after my bowel movements. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am suffering from a miserable problem of anus itching after my bowel movements. At last, some of the poop slips through my rectum and passes on slowly from the anus, and after the completion, it causes so much irritation and itching the whole day. I am consuming Fabolite for this problem...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to I understand your concern. You are suffering from two problems simultaneously. We are going to treat both together. The first is piles. For piles, I suggest you take the following treatment for seven days, and you will feel much better. The further treatment will...  Read Full »

Anal itching is present every four months for some days after my piles surgery. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I got operated three years back for hemorrhoids. After the operation, everything is normal except itching after every four months. Itching will be present for several days and subside. I have used several ointments, creams, and tablets but no relief. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Hemorrhoids can be a common cause of itching in the anal area. But more common is anal fissure. But I feel disappointed to inform you that this diagnosis can only be confirmed after a physical examination. So I will suggest visiting a local d...  Read Full »

Which medicines are used to treat parasitic infection?

Query: Hi Doctor, Which anthelmintic medicine would you recommend for a treatment for a possible parasitic infection (worm)? Is it Albendazole? If yes, for how many days? I do have some itchiness around my anus area and cannot get a doctor appointment here.  Read Full »

Dr. Rohit Jain

Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing to us. It is important to find out which type of worm infection you are suffering from. There are hundreds of worms which enter the body and the treatment varies depending on the type of the worm. So, ideally you should get a stool routine/microscopy done. It is a simple te...  Read Full »

Can conservative methods treat a thrombosed hemorrhoid?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a male, and from the past two days, I have pain and itching around the anus. The doctor checked and told 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 adva...  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 »

Why does my anus itch and how to stop it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 24-years-old male. My anus has been itching for the last four days without any additional problems. I did not have this issue previously. What should I do now? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query, and I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from anal itching for the last few days. Anal itching is also known as pruritus ani. Pruritus ani may result from the dry and irritated anal a...  Read Full »

Does consistent itching in the anal area indicate piles?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 36 years old. I am a non-smoker and non-drinker. I am a non-vegetarian. I have been facing consistent itching at the anal opening area and the anal sweat glands. I feel the itching is more during the nighttime. So far, I have not been diagnosed with any piles or similar ailments....  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. There can be various causes of perianal pruritis (itching), including piles, perianal candidiasis (fungal infection), intertrigo (skin inflammation), psoriasis, lichen sclerosus (white patches of skin), helminthic infections (a parasiti...  Read Full »

What are the causes of lump in the anus?

Query: Hi doctor, I am female. My height is 160 cm. My weight was 74 four years ago. Two years ago, I became 84. I am really shy to tell others. My age is 27. I lived away from family for three years. My lifestyle was changed, food habits also changed. At that time, I had a baby. I stopped lactation after...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayankutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly I would like to assure you that you do not have to worry. Your stress and tension contribute to the problem and might make it seem worse. There is a huge impact of psychological state on any physical condition. So first and foremost you need to relax. Secondl...  Read Full »

How to get rid of anal itching?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an anal itch which is more predominant at night. I am not diabetic. What treatment should I take?  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Anal itching can be due to infections like fungal or bacterial, improper hygiene, or allergy. You can apply Hydrocortisone 1 percent cream at night time for five days. Follow up after five days. Keep the area clean and dry. I hope this helped. Thanks.  Read Full »

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