Itchy Anus

Mark Bazalgette, M.D.

Colorectal Surgeon & Proctologist located in Novato, CA

Having an itchy anus can be embarrassing, especially when your symptoms create an intense desire to scratch. As the only specialty-trained and board-certified colorectal surgeon in the area, Mark Bazalgette, M.D., provides personalized and discreet care for sensitive issues like anal itching at his office in Novato, California. You don’t have to be embarrassed if you have an itchy anus; call Dr. Bazalgette or schedule an appointment online today.

Itchy Anus Q & A

What is an itchy anus?

Having an itchy anus is a common problem. This issue can cause symptoms inside or around your anus and create an intense need to scratch.

In addition to itching, you might also experience symptoms that include burning, redness, and soreness; rectal bleeding; and bowel incontinence.

If you have these symptoms, Dr. Bazalgette can help you find relief.

What causes an itchy anus?

You can develop anal itching for several reasons, including:

  • Skin irritation from bowel incontinence, chronic diarrhea, or skin care products
  • Infections like pinworms, sexually transmitted diseases, and yeast infections
  • Certain skin conditions, like contact dermatitis or psoriasis
  • Medical problems, like thyroid disease, diabetes, and anal tumors

In many cases, an itchy anus is a sign of hemorrhoids.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins that develop in your lower rectum or anus. They can appear both inside your rectum and in the skin around your anus.

In addition to anal itching, additional signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids include:

  • Anal swelling
  • Anal or rectal bleeding
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Anal irritation

You can also develop a sensitive or painful bump near your anus when you have hemorrhoids.

How do you diagnose and treat an itchy anus?

Dr. Bazalgette can diagnose an itchy anus by discussing your symptoms, reviewing your medical history and hygiene habits, and performing a physical examination to look for specific issues, like hemorrhoids.

After reaching the diagnosis, Dr. Bazalgette might recommend a range of treatments that may include a variety of ointments to alleviate your itching. If you have hemorrhoids, Dr. Bazalgette is the only specialty-trained and board-certified colorectal surgeon in the area offering in-office treatments like infrared coagulation.

In addition to medical treatments for your itchy anus, Dr. Bazalgette might also provide skin care recommendations that include:

  • Cleansing with plain water, mild soaps, and a soft washcloth
  • Avoiding irritants like scented soaps, moist wipes, genital deodorants, and bubble baths
  • Preventing unwanted scratching by wearing cotton gloves while you sleep
  • Wearing breathable, white cotton underwear
  • Taking lukewarm oatmeal baths to reduce itching

To find relief for your anal itching, call Dr. Bazalgette or schedule an appointment online today.