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Anal bump/itch w/out pain

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  • Posted By: kgwick
  • March 8, 2007
  • 01:26 AM

OK, where to start?

I used to have some itching when roughage would get stuck in the folds of my anus so I got this great idea to wipe even when I went pee even if I didn't defecate. I think I injured the tissue b/c I have had itching in the same spot for about a year.

About 4 months ago I realized there was a bump there. During a pap smear I asked my PCP to examine it and she said it just looked like a small cut or tear, but I was concerned b/c it didn't heal. I had no other symptoms that concerned her, but b/c I was concerned she sent me to a gastroenterologist who took one look at me and w/out examining me ordered a colonoscopy.

I found out he wasn't covered by my insurance and found someone else who stuck fingers up, checked stool sample for blood, and found it negative. He didn't really look at the bump just said he saw redness. I was a little irritated b/c there is a distinctive bump where all the itching eminates from if something is stuck there like fiber or popcorn hull whatever.

He gave me prescription suppositories to take for three days, followed by instructions to eat more fiber, water , etc... I am a vegetarian and can't really add too much more fiber and I already drink lots of water. It doesn't EVER bother me when I go the bathroom, has never hurt and seems completely random in when it itches. it has only bled 2-3 times when I clearly had itched it.

It has gotten better after i started to use baby wipes instead of toilet paper. Now he wants me back for a sigmoidoscopy.. I just want him to look at it and biopsy it if he thinks it necessary.

What do you think? It isn't a fissure--he already determined that. I haven't used the suppositories yet, b/c there is a chance I could be pregnant and until I know I won't start those. I plan to follow his advice and get the sigmoid, but no one has suggested what it could be. It only itches. Right now, it has only bothered me once in over a week, but then suddenly it will drive me nuts for days--always the same spot.


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  • btw, could this be a scar? do they itch?
    kgwick 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Look up pruritis-ani, or "anal itch" which is VERY Common and equally frustrating. Don't wipe too vigorously, make sure you rinse well after showering and avoid anything that dries out and further irritates the area. Use Witch Hazel after bowel movements too clean and above all, DO NOT SCRATCH as this further irritates the area. There is a product available online called "Assuage" (I know it's cheesy) but it works. I have suffered with the embarassing problem for years and doctprs were no help. Following this advice did. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • No question...pruritus ani is the problem. There are hundreds of causes. I had severe anal itching for over 7 years. Tried everything on the market and had 2 surgeries... nothing worked. Then 3 months ago I tried a product called PRANICURE...it changed my life. Within a few days I could go 24 hours without the urge to scratch. Within a week my bottom was completely healed. I simply apply Pranicure after every bowel movement and I have no more anal itching. 7 years was a long time to deal with severe anal itching (pruritus ani is what doctors call it.) I'm so happy to be done with it. Really...if any of you have anal itching don't waste your time with anything else. Just put Pranicure in your search engine to find out how you can order it. Hope this helps a lot of you not go through what I did.
    Chris J. 9 Replies Flag this Response
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