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Pruritus ani (peri-anal itching)

What is pruritus ani (peri-anal itching)?

Pruritus ani means a chronic (persistent) itchy feeling around the anus. The main symptom is an urge to scratch the anus which is difficult to resist. The urge to scratch may occur at any time, although it tends to be more common after going to the toilet and at night. The itch may be made worse by heat, wool, moisture, leaking, soiling, stress and anxiety. About 1 in 20 people develop pruritus ani at some stage. It is common in both adults and children.

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