Anal itching may also be associated with burning and soreness. The itching and irritation may be temporary or more persistent, depending on the cause.
When to see a doctor
Most anal itching doesn't require medical care. However, see your doctor if:
- Anal itching is severe or lasts longer than one to two months
- There's bleeding from the rectum
- You can't figure out what's causing a persistent itch
Persistent anal itching may be related to a skin condition or other health problem that requires medical treatment.
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