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 some time.

The Anus
si1229_96472_1
Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

Pruritus ani can be caused by many things, including:

  • Infections, such as pinworms, fungus, streptococcal skin infections, or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Skin disorders, such as contact dermatitis, or psoriasis
  • Hemorrhoids, anal fissures, anal fistula, 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