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. Also called pruritus ani proo-RIE-tus A-nie , anal itching has many possible causes, such as skin problems, hemorrhoids, and washing too much or not enough. If anal itching is persistent, talk with your doctor.
Back to Health A to Z. You can often do simple things yourself to ease an itchy bottom anus. See a GP if the itching doesn't stop. An itchy bottom that's worse at night is often caused by threadworms , especially in children.
A persistent need to scratch your bottom, also called pruritus ani, is a relatively common complaint. There are a number of reasons why anal itching occurs and, more often than not, it can be successfully treated. In this article, we will discuss the common causes of anal itching, medical treatments, and home remedies. Here are some key points about pruritus ani. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.
Your doctor may be able to diagnose the cause of your itching simply by asking you questions about your symptoms, medical history and personal care habits. If pinworms are suspected, your doctor may suggest doing a test for pinworms. You may also need a physical exam, including a digital rectal exam.