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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