Anal Itching

What Causes Anal Itching?

Anal itching can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose anal itching, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "anal itching" as a symptom.  Here are eight possibilities:
  • Candida / Yeast
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Mineral Need
  • Liver Congestion
  • Food Allergies
  • Blastocystosis
  • Pinworms
  • Poor Digestion

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
excess nose/throat mucus
diminished perspiration
broad-spectrum antibiotic use
coughing up white/yellow curds
liver/gallbladder cleanses help
iron deficiency anemia
occasional unexplained nausea
general fungal/yeast infections
disturbed sleep
candida
hydrochloric acid supplementation
craving specific foods
... and more than 110 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of anal itching:
Cause Probability Status
Mineral Need 90% Confirm
Blastocystosis 30% Unlikely
Food Allergies 19% Unlikely
Candida / Yeast 3% Ruled out
Liver Congestion 0% Ruled out
Poor Digestion 0% Ruled out
Hemorrhoids 0% Ruled out
Pinworms 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate bowel problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Does your anus itch?
Possible responses:
→ Never / very rarely / don't know
→ Occasionally - a few times a month
→ Often, mostly at night
→ Often, day and night
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either anal itching or anal itching at night, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Pinworm Infection

Itching around the anus, especially at night, is a common symptom of pinworm infestation.  Symptoms are caused by the female pinworm laying her eggs.  They are usually mild, with many infected people having no symptoms at all.