If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. 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.
Anal Itching - Digestive Disorders - MSD Manual Consumer Version
Itching of the anus the opening at the end of the digestive tract where stool leaves the body and the skin around the anus perianal skin is called anal itching or pruritus ani. See also Overview of the Anus and Rectum. Most often, doctors do not identify a specific disorder as the cause of anal itching, and the itching goes away without treatment after a period of time. Many of the other cases of anal itching are due to hygiene issues.
Anal Itch (Pruritus Ani)
Anal itching occurs when the skin around your anus becomes irritated. You may feel intense itching around and just inside the anus. Abdelnaby A, Downs JM.
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. Children under 2, and pregnant and breastfeeding women, can't usually take medicine for threadworms — see your GP, midwife or health visitor instead.