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Forum Name: Anal Cancer

Question: anal itching, blood, and a red line?

 stolensilverware - Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:34 am

ok. I have had itching and it is not as bad now. But I always have blood on the toilet paper after a bm, and so I thought it was a hemoroid, and when I tried to look and see, I saw that there was a bright red line from my anus to the top of my butt crack? and it is uncomfortable.
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:35 pm

User avatar Hello,

Perianal itching is not an uncommon problem; it is usually caused by irritation of the perianal skin.
This could be due to skin problem like dermatitis, anorectal diseases like piles and fissures or local irritation by excess sweat secretions, excess cleaning or irritant creams.

Dermatitis in this area could be due to infections with fungal, bacterial or parasitic organisms.

Being a moist area, infections with fungi and other organisms can occur resulting in inflammation and irritation in this area, Excess rubbing and scratching of the inflamed skin and may explain why you find blood when you clean yourself.

This area is also exposed to organisms that are normal inhabitant in the large bowel or excreted in stools. When the skin is damaged by rubbing or scratching or is moist by excess sweat it becomes a good medium for these organisms to grow, so more intense itching is felt and so on.

It is also possible that this could be due to piles, it is the commonest cause of fresh blood per rectum and if inflammation occurs around you may feel more perianal itching, bleeding and pain.

I would advise you to follow up with your doctor, direct clinical examination is essential to exclude serious causes like malignancy although unlikely based on your description.

Please keep us updated.
Best regards.


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