DermNet provides Google Translate, a free machine translation service. Note that this may not provide an exact translation in all languages. Itching of the skin about the anus is a common complaint. When no underlying skin condition is found, the term ' pruritus ani' may be used. Anal itching is usually an isolated skin complaint in otherwise healthy persons, but in some, it is part of a disorder involving other areas of the skin, especially the vulva in women and children. The anal skin is exposed to irritating digestive products which may result in a rash irritant dermatitis.
Usually, treatment focuses on establishing and maintaining a routine for proper anal hygiene. If a secondary or underlying cause is found, the treatment will depend on the specific condition. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services.
Pruritus Ani (Anal Itching): Management and Treatment
Itching of the skin, also called pruritus, is a common problem experienced by many people. When a rash does occur, it can be a clue as to the cause of the itching. There are many causes of pruritus ani, the majority of which can be linked to a certain medical problem, such as hemorrhoids or anal fissures. The treatment of pruritus ani depends on the cause of the symptoms.
Anal Dermatitis Pruritis ani is a very common complaint. The most common symptom is that of anal itching, burning, or irritation. One of the more common causative factors is the excessive use of soap. The body produces fatty acids and waxes in the anal area, making a natural protective barrier. Soap and aggressive cleaning will remove this protective barrier, making it more prone to skin breakdown and inflammation.