What is anal itching?
Itching around the anus is called anal pruritus. Patients with this symptom often have a strong desire to scratch.
What causes anal itching?
The following factors may also be inaccurate. The common cause is wet anus. Moisture may come from local sweating or feces remaining around the anus. Anal itching can also be seen in other anal diseases, such as hemorrhoids and anal fissures. Scratching or vigorously cleaning the perianal area and excessive use of topical drugs can make anal itching worse.
For some people, anal itching may come from eating a certain food, or smoking, drinking alcohol, especially beer and wine.
The following foods can cause anal itching:
Coffee or tea
Tomato or ketchup
Is it because of insufficient cleaning?
Cleaning is hardly a factor that causes anal itching. However, once a person has anal itching, they will naturally use soap and towels to clean the anus vigorously and frequently. This makes the anal itching worse, because over-cleaning can cause damage to the anal skin and wash away the natural oils that protect the anus.
What can be done to eliminate anal itching?
The colorectal surgeon will check carefully to determine the cause of the anal itching. Will recommend some treatments or drugs to eliminate this symptom. Treatment of itching also includes the following three aspects:
1. Avoid moisture. You can use gauze or cornstarch in the anal area to keep the anal area dry and clean. Do not use medicated powder, incense powder or deodorant (powder).
2. Avoid damaging the relevant area. Don't use soap, etc.; don't wipe the anus with anything, and don't wipe it with toilet paper; it is best to rinse with warm water, and then dry the perianal. Or use wet paper towels, wet towels, etc. to absorb moisture around the anus, do not wipe. Try not to scratch the itchy place. Scratches can cause more damage. In turn, it aggravates itching. For those who experience irresistible itching at night, it is best to put socks on their hands.
3. Only use the drugs prescribed by the doctor. Do not use topical drugs for a long time.
How long does treatment usually take?
Most people feel the itching relief within a week. If symptoms persist for 6 weeks and do not improve, you should seek a follow-up visit with a doctor.