Pruritis ani refers to the condition of chronic itching around the anal area, and is frequently caused by excessive moisture in the anal region (although pruritis ani symptoms can also be indicative of hemorrhoids and anal fissures). The symptoms of pruritis ani can be exacerbated by vigorous cleansing of the area, overuse of topical treatments, scratching, eating certain foods (tomatoes, milk products, chocolate, nuts), and consuming caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
To alleviate the symptoms of pruritis ani, it is recommended that patients:
- Keep the anal area completely dry and free from moisture
- Avoid all perfumed, medicated, and deodorant powders.
- Refrain from scrubbing or rubbing the anal area
- Do not use soap on the anal area.
- Rinse with warm water and pat the anal area dry with baby wipes or a wet washcloth
- Do not scratch the area
- Apply a small amount of the prescription medications as directed by your physician to the skin around the anal area
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