Itching of the skin, also called pruritus, is a common problem experienced by many people. When a rash does occur, it can be a clue as to the cause of the itching. There are many causes of pruritus ani, the majority of which can be linked to a certain medical problem, such as hemorrhoids or anal fissures. The treatment of pruritus ani depends on the cause of the symptoms.
Anal Dermatitis Pruritis ani is a very common complaint. The most common symptom is that of anal itching, burning, or irritation. One of the more common causative factors is the excessive use of soap. The body produces fatty acids and waxes in the anal area, making a natural protective barrier.
Seborrheic dermatitis is the most common inflammatory skin diseases. It occurs in areas of the skin where sebaceous glands are the largest and most densely like the scalp and eyebrows, facial skin, the central parts of the chest, the back, the skin around the navel, groin area and anus. It causes redness, scaly patches and skin flakes. It does not affect the overall health of the individual, but it can be uncomfortable and cause discomfort. It is not contagious and is not a sign of a lack of personal hygiene.
Usually, treatment focuses on establishing and maintaining a routine for proper anal hygiene. If a secondary or underlying cause is found, the treatment will depend on the specific condition. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services.