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Anal itching

Anal itching: Introduction

Anal itching: Itching near or around the anus. See detailed information below for a list of 71 causes of Anal itching, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Anal itching:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Anal itching. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Anal itching

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Causes of Types of Anal itching:

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Anal itching: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Anal itching, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Anal itching Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Anal itching may include:

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Alternative Treatments for Anal itching

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Anal itching may include:

Stories from Users for Anal itching

Real-life user stories relating to Anal itching:

Message Boards for Anal itching

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Diagnostic tests for Anal itching:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Anal itching. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination and per rectal digital examination - examination of anal skin for local conditions that can cause anal itch e.g. faecal leakage , anal warts , skin tags , hemorrhoids , fissure , fistula, anal cancer and generalized skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
  • Skin scrapings for microscopic examination and culture - looking for fungal elements.
  • Urinalysis - glucose suggesting diabetes.
  • Stool examination - for intestinal parasites.
  • more tests...»

Anal itching: Animations

Medications or substances causing Anal itching:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Anal itching as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Anal itching: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Anal itching may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Anal itching

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Anal itching. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Anal itching: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Anal itching

Mild worm infections undiagnosed in children: Human worm infestations, esp. threadworm, can be overlooked in some cases, because it may cause only mild or even absent symptoms. Although the more »

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria, but can also kill the "good" bacteria in the gut. more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, it' more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child more »

Psoriasis often undiagnosed cause of skin symptoms in children: Children who suffer from the skin disorder called psoriasis can often go undiagnosed. The more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption disorder with a variety of symptoms (see symptoms of celiac disease). A variety of other more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some more »

Anal itching: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Anal itching

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Anal itching: Related Rare Diseases

Rare types of medical conditions and diseases in related medical categories:

Anal itching: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Organs affected by Anal itching:

The list of organs typically affected by Anal itching may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Anal itching

The list below shows some of the causes of Anal itching mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Anal itching?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Anal itching. Of the 71 causes of Anal itching that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 10 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 5 causes are "common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 2 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 63 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Anal itching:

The following list of conditions have 'Anal itching' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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  • Pinworm ... anal itching, anal scratching



Conditions listing medical complications: Anal itching:

The following list of medical conditions have Anal itching or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.


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Causes of Anal itching Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Anal itching based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Classifications of Anal itching:

    Subtypes of Anal itching:

    Anogenital pruritus (9 causes), Rectal itch (8 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Anal itching:

    Anal symptoms (466 causes), Itching skin (1068 causes), Digestive symptoms (5299 causes), Skin symptoms (5992 causes), Skin problems (3422 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Digestive system symptoms (5299 causes), Pain (6458 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

    Symptoms related to Anal itching:

    Anal symptoms (466 causes), Anal bleeding (13 causes), Anal pain (8 causes), Anal swelling (17 causes), Rectal symptoms (88 causes), Rectal bleeding (324 causes), Internal bleeding (22 causes), Rectal pain (27 causes), Anal cancer (2 causes), Squamous cell carcinoma, Diabetes (212 causes), Psoriasis, Pin worms

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    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Anal itching

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