Anal Irritation

Anal irritation or itchiness is common but, for obvious reasons, not often discussed! The back passage is not often smooth and small bits of stool (faeces) may become trapped leading to itching and inadvertent scratching. This can be exacerbated by excess moisture and over zealous cleaning. Sometimes an underlying bowel condition such as haemorrhoidsanal fissures or fistulas, or skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis can exacerbate this. Very rarely there may be an underlying pre-malignant or malignant condition.

Anal irritation responds well to simple measures which our specialists would be happy to discuss with you. In more extreme cases a surgical biopsy or injection might be appropriate.