WHAT IS PRURITIS ANI?
Itching and a rash around the anal opening is called “Pruritis Ani.” This condition results in a compelling urge to scratch.
WHAT CAUSES THIS TO HAPPEN?
Several factors may be the cause. Excessive moisture is a common cause of itching. A small amount of perspiration or residual stool keep the area too moist. Also, hemorrhoids and fissures may lead to itching and then excessive scratching. Over use of topical creams and ointments on the anal area may contribute.
In some individuals, certain foods may cause Pruritis Ani. Coffee, tea, carbonated beverages, milk products, tomatoes or tomato products (ketchup), cheese, chocolate, and nuts.
DOES PRURITS ANI RESULT FROM A LACK OF CLEANLINESS?
Cleanliness is almost never a problem. However, a natural tendency, once a person develops pruritis ani, is to over clean. Excessive use of soap and a washcloth can make the itching worse. It removes naturally protective oils.