Swollen itchy anus
These are a group of conditions that affect the rectum and anus the end of the bowel where it meets the skin at the bottom and the skin surrounding the anus. They can be broadly grouped into four different categories based on symptoms:. Although sometimes socially embarrassing, itchy bottom also known as pruritus ani is very common and usually has a simple cause and remedy which can be self-managed. However, if the measures outlined below do not work your doctor should be consulted as antifungal or other creams may be indicated or other diagnoses considered. Itchy bottom is usually related to too much moisture such as sweat, irritation through scratching or chemical soaps which leads to further scratching or infection such as worms.
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Itchy bottom pruritus ani is characterised by a strong urge to scratch the skin around your anus. As itchy bottom is a symptom rather than a condition itself, many cases have an underlying cause, for example:. In children, an itchy bottom is often caused by threadworms. Read more about the causes of itchy bottom.
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Anal swelling can occur for a variety of reasons. Most causes of a swollen anus are temporary and harmless, but some require medical attention. The anus is at the end of the rectum, and muscle surrounds it.
Back to Health A to Z. You can often do simple things yourself to ease an itchy bottom anus. See a GP if the itching does not stop. An itchy bottom that's worse at night is often caused by threadworms , especially in children. Children under 2, and pregnant and breastfeeding women, cannot usually take medicine for threadworms — see a GP, midwife or health visitor instead.
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