pruritus ani

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an unpleasant sensation of the skin, provoking the desire to scratch or rub it; called also itching. adj., adj prurit´ic. It is common in many types of skin disorders, especially allergic inflammation and parasitic infestations. Systemic diseases that may cause pruritus include diabetes mellitus (pruritus vulvae) and liver disorders with jaundice. Hemorrhoids are often accompanied by rectal pruritus. Emotional distress plays an important role in the development and control of this disturbing symptom. Unless pruritus is relieved the patient may become exhausted from lack of sleep. Cleanliness, soothing ointments or lotions, sodium bicarbonate baths, and sometimes tranquilizing drugs are used in the relief of pruritus. Since it is a symptom of some other disorder, complete cure of pruritus depends on control of the primary illness.
pruritus a´ni intense chronic itching in the anal region.
pruritus seni´lis itching in the aged, due to degeneration of the skin.
uremic pruritus generalized itching associated with chronic renal failure and not attributable to other internal or skin disease.
pruritus vul´vae intense itching of the external genitalia in the female.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

pru·ri·tus ani

itching of varying intensity at the anus; may be paroxysmal or constant, associated with seborrheic candidiasis or moniliasis, with irritated and enlarged hemorrhoidal veins, or may occur independently of any cutaneous lesions in association with systemic disease.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

pru·ri·tus a·ni

(prūr-ī'tŭs ā'nī)
Itching at the anus; may be associated with seborrheic dermatitis, candidosis, external hemorrhoids, infection by pinworms or other helminths, or systemic disease.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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Q. I have had a rectal itghing problem for about 11/2 yrs.since my dr.put me on blood press.& cholest. medic it wakes me up & keeps me awake if my rectal contacts anything the itching is intolerable.I have had md's surg's and dermatologists look and they can't help. they say maybe excema, psoraisis but that med don't help, but benadryl cream seems to help a little

A. Have you tried to change your diet? Coffee, tea, cola, chocolate, tomatoes, and citrus fruits may cause itching in this area (termed anal pruritus). You can try to avoid these foods and to keep a log of the itching sensation to see what helped. Apart from that, consulting a doctor is usually necessary.

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