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Itchy bottom

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Introduction
Itchy bottom is a symptom that produces a very strong urge to scratch the skin around your anus. The medical name for itchy bottom is pruritus ani.
Causes of itchy bottom
The cause of itchy bottom is not always known. However, it can sometimes be a symptom of another problem or underlying condition.
Diagnosing itchy bottom
You should visit your GP if you have an itchy bottom. They will look at your medical history, ask you some questions and carry out a physical examination.
Treating itchy bottom
Most cases of itchy bottom respond well to simple self care measures and, if necessary, treatment with medication.
Complications of itchy bottom
If you frequently scratch your bottom, you may damage or tear the skin around your anus. Long-term itching can also have a detrimental effect on your sleep.