Pruritus ani - self-care
Anal itching may be caused by:
To treat anal itching at home, you should keep the area as clean and dry as possible.
Call your health care provider if you have:
Also, call your provider if self-care does not help within 2 or 3 weeks.
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Last reviewed on: 4/11/2015
Reviewed by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, medical director and director of didactic curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.