Pruritus ani is an intense itching in and around the anus. This itching tends to be worse at night or after a bowel movement. The itch may be so intense that the urge to scratch is irresistible. Anal itching is a common problem that most people experience at one point or another.
The irritation in and around your anus can be a temporary condition or it may be more persistent or bothersome. Pruritus ani produces itching, soreness, and burning.
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam. He or she will attempt to determine the cause of your condition.
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Ideally, the cause of the problem will be identified and effectively treated. For example, antibiotics may be prescribed to treat an infection. In addition, treatment for the itching and irritation may include:
Cleanse gently after bowel movements
Talcum powder after bowel movements
Use unbleached, unscented toilet paper
Wear cotton underwear
Avoid irritants (bubble baths, foods, etc.)
Over the counter or prescription cream or ointment containing hydrocortisone or other corticosteroidss to reduce inflammation
Protective ointment, with zinc oxide
Avoid tight-fitting, synthetic clothing
Practice good hygiene
Avoid using anal performs, dyes, and any other irritants
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a