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MY ANAL AREA IS IRRITATED AND REALLY ITCHY..ANTI ITCH

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IM NOT SURE HOW TO ASK, BUT HERE GOES. MY ANAL AREA IS IRRITATED AND REALLY ITCHY I HAVE TRIED PREPERATION H ANTI ITCH OINTMENT..DO YOU THING ITS A BIGGER PROBLEM THAN JUST WHAT I HAVE DISCRIBED?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  JanelleRPA replied 8 years ago.

Dear Elise,

The problem of anal and perianal itching can have quite a few possible causes. You've tried Preparation H for external hemorrhoids. Other possibilities are -- yeast infection, atopic dermatitis (eczema), pinworms, scabies, local irritants like soaps/detergents, ingested irritants like spices, psoriasis, and (less likely) systemic disorders like diabetes and liver disease. A few simple things you could try are changing your soap and detergent, applying a topical antifungal (yeast treatment), and eliminating spicy foods. If those things do not give you relief, I'd advise you to see your primary care provider for evaluation of the other possible causes. I hope this guidance has been helpful. If so, please click accept. Best wishes, JanelleRPAC