There are a number of factors that can cause or exacerbate anal pain, including:
- Anal fissure
- Anal abscess
- Fungal infection
- Muscle spasm
- Anal ulcer
- Rectal STD (ie. gonorrhea, herpes, chlamydia)
- Psoriasis, dermatitis, or other skin condition causing itching or discomfort
If you are experiencing anal pain that has not responded to over the counter medications within 24-48 hours, it is important to see your physician to determine the cause and select the appropriate course of treatment. Treatment for anal pain can be as simple as increasing your fiber and water intake; avoiding further trauma to the area by refraining from using soap or scrubbing the area; and keeping the area as dry as possible. If your anal pain does not subside after employing these measures, prescription medication and/or surgical procedures may be necessary to ensure complete resolution of the issue.
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At Pinnacle Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Dr. Ann L. Kalhorn and Dr. Eugene M. Kim are well respected and board certified colon and rectal surgeons. They have received specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions pertaining to the colon, rectum and anus. We work collaboratively with you to ease painful symptoms and ensure the safe and successful resolution of your colorectal issues. If you would like additional information about treatment, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your consultation with Dr. Kalhorn or Dr. Kim.