Pruritus ani is an intense itching in and around the anus. This can cause you to feel the need to scratch. Anal itching is a common problem that many people experience at one point or another.

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Pruritus ani can be caused by many things, including:

  • Infections (such as pinworms, fungus, streptococcal skin infections, sexually transmitted diseases)
  • Skin disorders (such as contact dermatitis, psoriasis)
  • Hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fistula in ano, proctitis, or skin tags
  • Certain foods, such as caffeinated drinks, alcohol, peanuts, tomatoes
  • Too much moisture around rectum
  • Certain medications, such as laxatives
  • Certain diseases, such as diabetes or liver disease