4 Skin Conditions That Cause an Anal Itch

When you breathe that sigh of relief as you put on the soothing cream that takes the edge off your anal itch, keep in mind that there are a number of conditions that can actually cause that embarrassing problem. They range from bacterial infections to gastrointestinal problems or more serious conditions such as bowel and anal cancer. One of the most common causes of anal itching are a number of skin conditions that can affect us all.

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis can cause red and itchy, flaking skin and occurs when you come into contact with something that you are either allergic to or is an irritant. That can mean using the wrong soap, wearing clothes made of an irritating material, or eating the wrong foods. Depending on the cause it can be a minor irritation or can lead to blistering and intense discomfort. It’s usually cured by avoiding the allergen or irritant and clears up fairly quickly with the help of a soothing cream.


About 2% of people suffer from psoriasis which is a condition that causes your skin to become flaky, red and sore or itchy. Although it is not fully understood why psoriasis occurs it is thought to be something to do with the immune system and can affect any part of the body. There is no cure for the problem and if you think you are suffering from it, then you should seek advice from your doctor.

Lichen sclerosus

Affecting the area around the genitals, lichen sclerosus can be a problem for both men and women and cause anal itching. It most often affects women over the age of 50, can last a few years once it starts and is characterised by itchy white spots. The main treatment for the condition is a steroid cream so you will need to go and see your GP to have something prescribed.

Atopic eczema

The most common form of dermatitis, atopic eczema causes the skin to become cracked, red and flaky, and often occurs in people who suffer from allergies. It primarily affects children and clears up as they grow older and it can vary in severity over time and depending on circumstances.

Tips on dealing with skin conditions

  • Although it is often difficult, try to avoid scratching as, while it might bring immediate relief, it can cause the condition to get worse pretty quickly.
  • If you think you have something more serious than a simple rash, then it is time to visit your doctor and get some professional advice, even if it is something embarrassing like anal itching.
  • Keep the area clean and dry and try to avoid soaps that have a high perfume content.

There’s no doubt that an anal itch can cause all of us embarrassment and discomfort now and again. Often it’s a simple case of applying a soothing, cooling cream and the problem is solved, but if symptoms persist then you may have a condition that needs more professional attention.

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