If you suffer from ongoing anal itching, you probably feel uncomfortable and embarrassed. You may be caught in a persistent itch-scratch cycle, where scratching the area further damages the sensitive skin. You may feel as though the condition is disruptive to everyday life, yet you don’t know where to go for help.
Piedmont Colorectal Associates has all of the answers you need. When you work with our team, we will determine the underlying cause of the itching and offer tried-and-true solutions to give you swift relief. Here are four plausible explanations for anal itching:
1. Hygiene and Personal Care
One of the most common causes of anal itching is hygiene issues. Washing the anal area too aggressively or using harsh soaps can lead to persistent itching. Using certain types of toilet paper, including products that have dyes or scents, can also aggravate the skin in the area.
Hygiene problems are usually easily rectified. Sometimes the solution is as simple as switching to a dye-free, unscented toilet paper, or using milder soap. Using less force while wiping after a bowel movement or cleaning the area can also help ease discomfort. Wearing loose cotton underwear is recommended as well to prevent binding and trapping moisture.
Sometimes an underlying medical problem, such as hemorrhoids, is to blame for anal itching. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins that form inside and outside the anus and rectum. The first line of defense against hemorrhoids is typically an over-the-counter cream to shrink the enlarged veins. If OTC products fail to help hemorrhoids, our team can discuss surgical treatment methods.
A fissure, or tear, in the lining of the anus can lead to relentless itching and burning. Depending on the severity of the fissure, treatment may require the use of a topical ointment; or, in more severe cases, surgery.
A fistula is an abnormal passage between the anal glands and the skin around the anus. Fistulae can swell and cause itching and irritation of the skin around the anus. As experts in fistulae treatment, the team at Piedmont Colorectal Associates can recommend the most appropriate medical or surgical solution.
Help Is Only a Phone Call Away
Piedmont Colorectal Associates understands how uncomfortable constant anal itching is, and we have the knowledge and tools to help you. Give us a call or send us an email to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors. We will review the history of your symptoms and formulate a plan to ease your discomfort.