Eczema on Anus Pictures - 4 Photos & Images

Eczema on anus is an inflammatory disease that can have a significant effect on patients' quality of life. It is characterised by severe pruritus, pain, erythema and oedema. GPs, gastroenterologists, proctologists, gerontologists, surgeons and paediatricians – as well as dermatologists – are frequently confronted with patients with AE and the need for efficient and safe therapies is high.

An itchy bottom may be just an annoyance, or may be so troublesome that it dominates your life. It is usually made worse by warmth, and is often most troublesome in bed. The skin around the anus easily becomes irritated and inflamed. This is because it is difficult to keep the area around the anus clean and dry; the skin is crinkly and traps tiny faecal particles. It is also sweaty and airless, and it may be moist from an anal or vaginal discharge. When it becomes irritated, scratching is a natural reaction, but this damages the skin further – the itch/scratch cycle. Ointments and creams can cause further problems by keeping the area damp.

Although it is very unpleasant, anal itching seldom means anything serious. If you have pain as well as itching, look at the section on anal pain.

Anal itching can occur at any time of life, but seems to be most common between 30 and 50 years of age. It is four times more common in men than in women.

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