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
- Food Allergies
- Mineral Need
- Poor Digestion
- Liver Congestion
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:
frequent mucus in stools
history of vaginal yeast infection
cigarette smoke sensitivity
moderate epigastric pain
slightly oily/sticky stools
bloating caused by many foods
frequent postprandial somnolence
slightly pale stools
... and more than 120 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:
|Candida / Yeast
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Does your anus itch?
→ 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:
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.