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Itching in the anal or genital regions is pretty common and is experienced frequently by many adults. But it is not talked about because it is considered embarrassing to discuss. Some people also don’t open up about it because they fear it might be taken as a sign of a sexually transmitted disease (STD). For this reason, we will discuss the multiple causes of anal and genital itching and their possible treatment options.
Itching in the anal and genital regions can occur due to multiple causes, apart from STDs. It can happen individually in the anal or genital area or affect them simultaneously. The reasons may vary in males and females. We’ll list the causes of anal and genital itching separately for better understanding.
Anal itching can be temporary or persistent. The causes of anal itching may include:
Causes of genital itching can be different in males and females. The majority of the reasons are similar to anal itchings, such as poor hygiene, skin diseases, etc. It is important to understand that STDs are not the only cause of genital itching, but they should be kept in mind until an accurate diagnosis is made. Other causes of genital itching may include:
Apart from all these causes, STDs such as genital warts, genital herpes, trichomoniasis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, etc., can also cause long-term genital or anal itching. STDs are not necessarily the cause in every case, but they should always be considered.
If you experience persistent itching in your genital or anal region along with other symptoms such as rash, bleeding, or changes in skin texture, don’t hesitate to discuss it with a medical expert. Your doctor may ask questions regarding the onset, duration, severity of symptoms, previous sexual activity, and medical history. A clinical examination of the affected regions may also be done. If necessary, your doctor will require running diagnostic tests such as culture tests, swab tests, allergy tests, etc.
There is no embarrassment in talking about these signs and symptoms. Discussing these issues with a medical expert raises awareness and will provide you with the necessary guidance. Additionally, early diagnosis and treatment can prevent future complications.
Sarwat Makkani, MD
Yanelquis Torres, MD
Fabiola Baptiste, NP
Karen Matta Toomey
Raga Mohamed Ali Osman
Sipra Talvikki Autio