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Anal Itching

Colorado Colon & Rectal Specialists

Lisa A. Perryman, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Colon and Rectal Surgeon & A Private Medical Practice located in the Denver Metropolitan Area, CO

While anal itching can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, it’s important that you receive a proper diagnostic evaluation to protect your health. At Colorado Colon & Rectal Specialists in the Denver metropolitan area, Colorado, experienced colon and rectal surgeon /proctologist Lisa A. Perryman, MD, FACS, FASCRS, offers one of the best comprehensive care for chronic, intense anal itching. Dr. Perryman customizes your treatment plan to ease your pain and provide you with long-lasting relief of your symptoms. To find out more about the treatments available for anal itching, call Colorado Colon & Rectal Specialists or request an appointment online.

Anal Itching Q & A

What causes anal itching?

Anal itching, also known as pruritus ani, is a condition that causes intense itching in the skin around the anus. The condition can be the result of chronic irritation in the skin from fecal matter, especially if you have persistent diarrhea, or from harsh soaps or cleansers.

In some cases, there’s no specific cause for anal itching. You may be at increased risk for chronic anal itching due to:

  • Diabetes
  • Infections
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Chronic skin conditions

When you have chronic anal itching that isn’t treatable with over-the-counter creams or a bath, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Colorado Colon & Rectal Specialists as soon as possible.

How is anal itching diagnosed?

During your evaluation for anal itching, Dr. Perryman takes time to learn more about your symptoms, lifestyle, and usual activities to pinpoint the cause of irritation. She assesses the skin around your anus to identify swelling, redness, and other abnormalities.

If you have underlying health or dermatologic issues, like psoriasis or eczema, Dr. Perryman may refer you to a specialist for skin testing.

What treatments are available for anal itching?

Depending on the intensity of your itching, Dr. Perryman may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to calm and moisturize your skin. You may also need to take an oral antihistamine to relieve intense itching.

Dr. Perryman works with you on lifestyle changes and proper hygiene to prevent further skin irritation. This may include:

  • Wiping gently
  • Using mild soaps
  • Changing detergents
  • Using warm compresses
  • Taking warm baths
  • Wearing lightweight, breathable underwear

You may also need to avoid certain foods, including spicy ingredients and other products that can irritate your stomach and your skin.

To prevent skin damage, it’s also important that you avoid scratching as much as possible.

How can I prevent anal itching?

In addition to discussing proper hygiene and diet improvements, Dr. Perryman works with you to ensure you’re having regular bowel movements. 

You don’t have to live with the chronic discomfort of anal itching. Find treatment options by scheduling a consultation online or by phone at Colorado Colon & Rectal Specialists.