Itchy anus



Intense itching, inflammation, burning or soreness in or around the anus.


Clean the area around the anus when it's soiled or after each bowel movement when possible. Dry gently and apply a thin layer of a zinc oxide ointment or petroleum jelly.

When to make a doctor's appointment

See a healthcare professional for:

  • Severe or persistent anal itching.
  • Anal bleeding or stool leakage.
  • Infection.
  • Unexplained itch.