Pruritus Ani, also called anusitis is a condition that causes anal itching. Everybody itches now and then. Just talking about itching is probably making you feel like you have an itch now. Sometimes we have those embarrassing itches that make you get somewhere alone to scratch. Itching is not anything foreign or new, but pruritus ani is a more severe case of that. It is a condition that causes a lot of discomforts and can be embarrassing. There are many different sources of itching and by treating those sources, you can gain complete relief.
The structure of the anus makes it susceptible to all types of diseases. Anal itching is a result of irritation to the skin around the anus. The skin is sensitive and sometimes the contents of the stool, and other diseases create an itchy sensation. Scratching that area of the body can be embarrassing. But the need to scratch can be so great that you cannot help it. Walking and wearing clothes can be a real irritant to that area. All you want is some relief. Although scratching may ease the itching, it can cause other problems. By scratching, you can cut the skin which may create a burning sensation or bleeding.
Pruritus ani may be mild or severe. Just an itch in the anal area does not mean you are suffering from pruritus ani. The itching is persistent and intensifies with certain actions. A normal itch usually isn’t accompanied by other symptoms. Pruritis Ani has several symptoms associated with it. The symptoms include redness, burning sensations, and a lot of soreness. Scratching on makes the redness and burning worse. As stated earlier, you can cut yourself while scratching which only leads to greater irritation and more bleeding. There are numerous causes of pruritus ani.
Pruritus ani may be caused by disease, infection, or bad hygiene. Some diseases associated with pruritus ani are sexually transmitted. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is one sexually transmitted disease that causes genital warts. Warts form in the anal cavity and create a lot of itching and burning. Psoriasis is a skin disorder that also leaves patchy areas on the skin and creates itching sensations. Bowel disorders like Crohn’s disease may irritate the skin. Sometimes substances like pus come out of the anal cavity when you have this disease and becomes an irritant to the skin it comes in contact with. Hemorrhoids and tumors are also associated with anal itching. When suffering from external hemorrhoids, you feel a lot of itching. Infections from parasites can cause not only itching but can damage the skin it infects. Pinworms are one common parasite that invades the anal cavity. Yeast infections can occur as well.
Persistent diarrhea and constipation can leave you sore and irritated. The chemicals in the stool affect the skin around the anal cavity. If diarrhea and constipation are not resolved quickly, you will more than likely have itching which only makes the situation worse. Hygiene is very important. Bad hygiene can create an environment for germs and bacteria to live. The interesting thing too is you can have good hygiene and still create pruritus ani. This is typical because of the products you use. Everybody cannot use just any products. Sometimes the very products you are using are promoting an allergy reaction in the anal cavity. Washing too much or too hard can irritate the skin by drying it out and making small tears. We typically cannot see an anal cut, but that could be the source of your itching.
If you have tried over-the-counter medicines and your grandmother’s remedies, and still nothing works, you should see a physician. If you notice bleeding, you should also get an examination. The doctor will do an examination of the buttock and the rectum. The problem may be on the visible skin, or it could be inside of you. If the doctor thinks the situation is due to parasites, they will order another test. If a bowel disease or hemorrhoids could be the problem, they may go ahead and do a colonoscopy. Whatever test is run should lead the doctor to the source of the problem.
Treatment for Pruritus Ani is dependent upon the cause. For hemorrhoids and minor infections, an anti-itch cream is the best method of treatment. If a skin disorder like Psoriasis is the problem, you should speak with a dermatologist. They have the tools and resources for handling that. Antihistamines are helpful when irritation is due to allergic reactions. Anytime you are dealing with diarrhea and constipation over-the-counter medications solve the problem. For more severe cases, like sexually transmitted diseases or cancer, treatment will be a bit more intense. Surgery may be necessary to remove warts caused by the STDs or tumors from cancer. No matter the cause, anal itching can usually be completely cured.
If you are suffering from pruritus ani, don’t be embarrassed. It can happen to anyone. Choose not to suffer in silence any longer. If you have tried everything and it is not working, make an appointment with a physician. Get to the source of the problem and treat it. No one should continue through life with embarrassing itches like pruritus ani.
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