Anal itching happens when the skin around the opening of the anus becomes irritated. Anal itching can be caused by quite a few factors – common causes include fungal infections, hemorrhoids, fissures, skin conditions, allergic reactions, etc.. There may be certain chemicals that are present in the stool that can irritate the anus. Other common causes of anal itching include hemorrhoids, diarrhea, pinworms, or anal fissures.
Rectal pain can be a symptom of various GI conditions, including anal fissures, constipation, diarrhea, anal or rectal cancer or hemorrhoids. It is important to see a doctor, though, if the rectal pain occurs with other symptoms such as rectal bleeding and abdominal pain. Everyone with rectal pain should be seen by a doctor.
If you have already visited Dr. Ari Nowain, you can get in touch with him at the Center for GI Health through Patient Fusion website. Here you can ask questions and be in direct contact with Dr. Ari Nowain!