Anal pruritus is skin sensation of the anus or the skin around it. The anus is the last part of the gastrointestinal system. it’s where bowel movements leave the body.
Anal itching can cause discomfort and embarrassment. Some people think it means that they have colon cancer but anal sensation is generally caused by something else.
There are several possible causes of anal skin sensation, including:
- Part of a bowel movement that gets stuck to the skin around the anus – this is more likely to happen if you’ve got diarrhoea or soft bowel movements.
- Hemorrhoids – These are swollen veins within the rectum. they can also cause pain.
- Certain foods or drinks, which may irritate the anus, such as:
- Coffee, tea, beer, and cola
- Citrus fruits, like oranges or grapefruit
- Diseases that affect the anus, such as:
- An anal abscess – this is a lump that happens when a secretory organ inside the anus gets infected.
- An anal fistula – this is a tunnel that forms between the anal secretory organ and the place where the abscess is on the skin.
- Cancer – Some people who get anal or rectal carcinoma have anal skin sensation.
- Skin diseases, such as:
- Psoriasis – A skin condition that may cause a rash and itching.
- Dermatitis – A skin rash that may happen after your skin touches something that irritates it or something, you’re allergic to. this might be a skin cream, detergent, or something else that touches the area around your anus.
- Diseases caused by infection with a bacteria or fungus.
There is some stuff you can try. These include:
- To Keep the anus and skin around it clean and dry – You can:
- Wipe gently after a bowel movement, using a damp pad or tissue
- NOT use a cleansing lotion, like witch hazel – this could create symptoms worse.
- Take a shower after you have a bowel movement – Use gentle, unscented soap. Pat that area dry with a soft napkin or you can use a hair dryer on the cool setting.
- Applying an anti-itch ointment around anus – you can use an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream (sample brand names: Preparation H, Anu-med HC). but don’t use anti-itch cream for over two weeks.
- Applying a zinc oxide skin ointment or paste around anus (sample brand names: Desitin, Balmex)
If the itching is worse at night, you can take medicines referred to as antihistamines (sample brand names: Benadryl, Aler-Cap).
You can also try NOT eating or drinking things that may cause anal itching or diarrhoea. for instance, some people get diarrhoea when they drink milk or eat foods made with milk.
Maybe. Your doctor will do an examination and study your symptoms. you would possibly even have the subsequent tests:
- Biopsy – If your doctor finds a growth, he will take a small sample of tissue from that area. Another doctor looks at the sample under a microscope to examine for cancer.
- Colonoscopy – This check looks at the inside lining of an individual’s bowel, referred to as the “colon.” during a colonoscopy, the doctor puts a tube with a small camera into your anus and up to your colon. This lets the doctor look for cancer or other issues. Before a colonoscopy, you get medication to make you relax.
If a medical condition is causing the anal itching, doctors can treat that ailment. This usually gets rid of the skin sensation.
A few people have anal skin sensation even when trying various things to prevent it. If this happens, doctors can provide other ointments and in rare cases an injection (shot) of medication around the anus. this could stop the skin sensation.
You can cut back your possibilities of obtaining anal skin sensation by:
- Keeping the area around the anus clean and dry
- Not eating foods that may cause anal skin sensation or looseness of the bowels