Anal itch, also known as pruritus ani, is an irritating, itchy sensation around the anus (the opening through which stool passes out of the body). Anal itch is a symptom, not an illness, and it can have many different causes. In most cases, a person with anal itch does not have a disease of the anus or rectum. Instead, the itchy sensation is a sign that one or more of the following has irritated the skin in the area:
There are two main types of anal itching:
Primary (idiopathic) pruritis ani: This type of anal itching has no obvious cause. It’s the most common type of pruritus ani.
Secondary pruritis ani: This type of anal itching may have many different causes. Causes may include infections, systemic diseases, contact dermatitis and other dermatological conditions.
There are many different possible causes for having an itchy anus, such as:
In addition to anal itching, you may also experience:
Pruritus ani is diagnosed on a normal examination of perianal skin apart from possible secondary excoriations and lichenification. The cause of secondary itchy anus is usually established on history and examination. Investigations may be required to confirm the cause.
Need help with Medical Compensation? If your disability claim is not clearly supported by your medical records along with evidence, your claim can be denied. We have helped thousands of Veterans claim the compensation they deserve.Get More Info