Anal itching: Causes, treatments, and home remedies
Anal Itching - What You Need to Know
Pruritus ani is the irritation of the skin at the exit of the rectum , known as the anus , causing the desire to scratch. At worst, anal itching causes intolerable discomfort that often is accompanied by burning and soreness. If a specific cause for pruritus ani is found it is classified as "secondary pruritus ani". If a specific cause is NOT found it is classified as "idiopathic pruritus ani". Another cause is yeast infection or candidiasis. Some diseases increase the possibility of yeast infections, such as diabetes mellitus or HIV infection.
Anal itching is a common condition. The itch, situated in or around your anus, is often intense and may be accompanied by a strong urge to scratch. You may find anal itching to be embarrassing and uncomfortable.
Usually treatment focuses on establishing and maintaining a routine for proper anal hygiene. If a secondary or underlying cause is found, the treatment will depend on the specific condition. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission.