Pruritus Ani (Itching)

Itching in the anal area is also called pruritus ani. Allergic dermatitis, skin irritants, fungi, and yeasts are examples of some of the external causes for this condition. Other causes include hemorrhoids, insufficient hygiene, and diarrhea. Sweat and tight-fitting clothing are contributing factors to this condition as well as alcohol, citrus drinks, caffeine, spicy foods, chocolate, nuts, and popcorn.