Author: Vanessa Ngan, Staff Writer, 1997
Pruritus ani, or itching of the skin about the anus (opening of the rectum) is a common complaint.
Common conditions affecting the anus and contributing to itch include:
The anal skin is exposed to irritating digestive products which may result in a rash (irritant dermatitis). The rash is made worse by:
Specific treatment may be prescribed for infection, infestation with pinworm, or certain skin conditions. General measures are described below.
Itching of the anus is frequently persistent and recurrent. The above advice should be followed indefinitely.
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