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Pain of the anus

Also known as Irritation of the anus, Burning of the anus, Anal pain, Rectal Pain, Proctalgia, and Rectalgia

Rectal pain is the symptom of pain in the area of the rectum. A number of different causes (68) have been documented.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of pain of the anus are hemorrhoids, rectal disorder, and anal fissure. Other possible causes, such as colorectal cancer, are more rare.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with pain of the anus often receive complete blood count, rectal examination, intravenous fluid replacement, kidney function tests, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy, x-ray computed tomography, liver function tests and standard pregnancy test .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with pain of the anus include docusate (colace), hydrocortisone topical, psyllium, magnesium citrate, hydrocortisone-pramoxine topical, methylcellulose (citrucel), sodium phosphate / sodium phosphate, monobasic, calcium polycarbophil (fibercon), magnesium sulfate, bisacodyl (the magic bullet), hydrocortisone, pramoxine topical and mebendazole .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for pain of the anus include age 30-44 years.

Age

< 1 years
0.1x
1-4 years
0.5x
5-14 years
0.1x
15-29 years
0.9x
30-44 years
1.6x
45-59 years
1.4x
60-74 years
0.8x
75+ years
0.9x

Sex

Male
1.1x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.1x
Hispanic
1.2x
White
0.9x
Other
1.3x
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