What You Should Know About Pruritus Ani (Anal Itching)

What is pruritus ani?

Ani is an irritation of the skin surrounding the anus. Severe itching and/or burning peri-anal pain.

What causes this to happen?

The two most likely causes are either over cleaning, or not cleaning enough.

Why am I having this problem?

Based upon your history and exam,  the reason for your problem is below:

  • Difficulty with cleansing: (too moist)
    - consistency of stool
    - hemorrhoids or anal tags
    - peri-anal hairs
    - overweight
    - yeast overgrowth
  • Over-cleansing: (too dry)
  • To exclude more serious conditions consult your medical professional.


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