Anal itching is caused by the irritation of the skin at the exit of the rectum, known as the anus, accompanied by the desire to scratch. Although itching may be a reaction to chemicals in the stool, it often implies that there is inflammation of the anal area.
The intensity of anal itching and the amount of inflammation increases from the direct trauma of scratching and the presence of moisture. At its most intense, anal itching causes intolerable discomfort that often is described as burning and soreness.
Anal itching can become very persistent if not treated. How do you know if it’s time to make the call to your doctor?
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, book an appointment with your doctor. A definitive diagnosis allows you to receive the proper treatment and care.