HomeAnswersGeneral Medicineanal itchingI have been suffering from anal itching for the past four weeks and did not get relief despite taking medication. Please help.

What could cause anal itching, and what are the ways to overcome it?


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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been experiencing anal itching for the past four weeks, I thought it was internal hemorrhoids, but I got the cream for the piles. It soothes the itching, however, the effect does not last long. I bought Vermox thinking it could be pinworms, but the itching persisted. What could it be, and what medication should I use?

I am gay but have not had anal sex in six months. However, I started doing glutes workouts and bought a dildo, but I only used it twice. Then, after the workouts and the dildo, the itching started two weeks later.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Some potential causes for anal itching include:

1. Hemorrhoids: These are swollen blood vessels in the rectum or anus. Over-the-counter creams or ointments containing Hydrocortisone can provide temporary relief, but it is important to address the underlying cause.

2. Pinworms: While your vermox treatment did not seem to alleviate the itching, it is still possible that there may be other parasites or conditions at play. A doctor can help determine if further testing or alternative treatment is needed.

3. Skin conditions: Conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis can lead to itching in the anal area. Your doctor can recommend specific treatments tailored to these conditions.

4. Hygiene or irritants: Certain soaps, wipes, or toilet paper may contain ingredients that irritate the skin. Consider using gentle, fragrance-free products and avoiding excessive wiping.

Remember, it is crucial to consult a healthcare professional to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of your symptoms and receive proper treatment. They can guide you toward the most suitable medication or other interventions to alleviate discomfort.

They may recommend over-the-counter creams or ointments containing Hydrocortisone to relieve itching temporarily. Sometimes, they prescribe other medications or suggest lifestyle changes to address the underlying cause. Always follow your doctor's guidance and instructions for medication use.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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