Anal itching is the irritation of the skin at the exit of the rectum, known as the anus, accompanied by the desire to scratch. Causes include everything from irritating foods we eat, to certain diseases, and infections. Treatment options include medicine including, local anesthetics, for example, lidocaine (Xylocaine), pramoxine (Fleet Pain-Relief), and benzocaine (Lanacane Maximum Strength), vasoconstrictors, for example, phenylephrine 0.25% (Medicone Suppository, Preparation H, Rectocaine), protectants, for example, glycerin, kaolin, lanolin, mineral oil (Balneol), astringents, for example, witch hazel and calamine, antiseptics, for example, boric acid and phenol, aeratolytics, for example, resorcinol, analgesics, for example, camphor and juniper tar, and corticosteroids.
If anal itching persists, a doctor examination may be needed to identify an underlying cause.Read more: Anal Itching Article
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Medications & Supplements
- calamine and zinc oxide (Calamine Lotion)
- zinc oxide topical (Desitin and Others)
- lidocaine jelly - mucous membrane, Xylocaine
- hydrocortisone valerate (Westcort brand has been discontinued in the US)
- hydrocortisone, rectal suppository, enema, foam, Cortifoam, Anusol-HC, Anucort-HC, Proctocort
- pramoxine/hydrocortisone aerosol foam - rectal, Proctofoam-HC
- mometasone, Elocon
- Cortenema (hydrocortisone enema)
- pramoxine/hydrocortisone cream, ointment - rectal, Analpram
- pramoxine (Itch-X, PrameGel, Orax, Sarna Sensitive, and Others)
- pramoxine and hydrocortisone (Epifoam, Pramosone, Proctofoam HC, Procort, Analpram HC)
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