Pruritus ani



  • Anorectal disease
  • Poor hygiene
  • Local infection
    • Pinworms, strep
  • Local irritants
  • Dermatologic conditions
  • Systemic illness
  • Psychogenic factors


Clinical Features

  • Skin appears normal with early, mild cases
  • Acute, severe exacerbations associated with reddened, edematous, excoriated, skin

Differential Diagnosis

Anorectal Disorders


  • Treat underlying cause
  • To avoid scratching at night patient can wear gloves at bedtime
  • Sitz baths 15min TID
  • Zinc oxide can provide protective covering for the skin and may enhance healing

See Also

  • Anorectal Disorders


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