Also called pruritus ani proo-RIE-tus A-nieanal itching has many possible causes, such as skin problems, hemorrhoids, and washing too much or not enough. Add symptoms to narrow your search. Intense cleaning after a bowel movement — Although the anal area should be cleaned after every bowel movement, this cleaning must be gentle. Lice are parasitic insects that feed on human blood. Classification and management, Hanno R et al.
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Causes of Anal Itching
They can destroy the oily skin barrier that protects this sensitive area. It may help to use moist cotton balls or a small squeeze bottle of water. People usually get scabies from skin-to-skin contact. Make an appointment to see your doctor if your itchy anus disrupts your daily life and is getting worse even after self-care treatments. Anal itch also can be triggered by over-the-counter medications suppositories, creams, ointments intended to treat anal problems.