The anus is the lowest part of the digestive tract, the opening from which
stool is passed out of the body. Anal discomfort includes pain, itching, or
What is going on in the body?
Discomfort in the anal area can take many forms, including pain, itching, or
burning. It is rarely life threatening, but it can be quite annoying. There are
several possible causes.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
Causes of anal discomfort include:
fissure, which is a small erosion or wearing away of the lining on
the inside of the anus
anal fistula, which is an abnormal connection between two areas of the
cancer or a tumor involving the anus, such as anal cancer
hemorrhoids, which are enlarged veins in the anal area
infections, including sexually
transmitted diseases (STD) such as gonorrhea, herpes, and
inflammatory bowel disease, which is a condition that
causes inflammation of the bowel for unknown reasons
irritation of the anal skin or lining, which can be caused by excessive
washing or an allergic
pruritis ani, which is a general term for itchiness of the anus that often
has no known cause
tenesmus, which is an urgent desire to move the bowels
trauma, which may be caused by anal sex
Other causes are also possible. Sometimes, no cause can be found.