Understanding Anal Skin Care
What You Should Know About Pruritus Ani

What is pruritus ani?

Pruritus ani is an irritation of the skin surrounding the anus. It can result in severe itching and/or burning peri-anal pain. It is a common condition.

What causes this to happen?

Ironically, the two most likely causes are either over-cleaning, or not cleaning enough.

  • Over-cleaning can remove natural oils that protect the skin.
  • Increased moisture due to difficulty cleaning or increased mucous irritates the skin. This can cause itching, bleeding, and pain. An over-growth of 'yeast' makes it worse.
  • Rarer causes can include: psoriasis, allergy to laundry detergents, eczema, dermatitis, or tumors of the skin.
  • Foods that can sometimes affect itching: Caffeine, beer, chocolate, nuts and popcorn.

Why am I having this problem?

Based upon your history and exam, there can be various reason for your problem as shown below:

  1. Difficulty with cleansing: (too moist)
    • consistency of stool
    • hemorrhoids or anal tags
    • peri-anal hairs
    • overweight
    • yeast overgrowth
  2. Over-cleansing: (too dry)
  3. Consult your physician for other reasons affecting your condition

When will the itching stop?

Most people will experience marked relief from symptoms within days.

IMPORTANT TIP: The ideal bowel movement comes the moment you sit, without pain, straining or bleeding. It's completed within seconds, and is easy to clean.
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