SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Anal itching may be associated with redness, 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. See your doctor if:
- Anal itching is severe or persistent
- You have anal bleeding
- The anal area seems to be infected
- 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.
Oct. 09, 2015
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