Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pruritus Ani Prevention

Prevention of pruritus ani includes:

  • Gently rinse the anus while bathing
    • Do not clean the anus with soap.
    • Do not scrub the anus with a brush.
  • Wipe the anus gently after bowel movements.
  • Use toilet paper that does not contain perfume.
  • To help keep the anus dry:
    • Wear moisture-wicking underwear.
    • Wear loose-fitting clothes.
  • Avoid spicy foods that may irritate the anus.
  • Eat a high-fiber diet.

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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