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What causes itching of skin outside the rectum?

Hello the skin outside of my rectum has been ichy at moments and when I scratch it the ichyness gets more intence and has been like this for a while, it got bad today and I looked in the mirror and there is yellow lines or some sort leading inside and the skin is red and I don't know what to do please help
Fri, 21 Feb 2014
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Hi

Thanks for your query


You seem to be having Candidiasis of the perianal region.

First some general precautions:
Wear cotton clothes and undergarments in order to reduce the sweating.
Do not apply any kind of oils / moisturizing lotion over the affected area .
Just give warm saline compresses over the affected area twice a day and then apply an antifungal cream.
Something like clotrimazole cream helps in most cases.
Also , you will need to take oral antifungals 2 weeks.

In case of severe itching, take some antihistamine once a day .
If inspite of the above measures, the lesions continue to persist or increase , then you might have to see a dermatologist for proper assessment and management .

Hope it helps
Dr Geetika Paul
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What causes itching of skin outside the rectum?

Hi Thanks for your query You seem to be having Candidiasis of the perianal region. First some general precautions: Wear cotton clothes and undergarments in order to reduce the sweating. Do not apply any kind of oils / moisturizing lotion over the affected area . Just give warm saline compresses over the affected area twice a day and then apply an antifungal cream. Something like clotrimazole cream helps in most cases. Also , you will need to take oral antifungals 2 weeks. In case of severe itching, take some antihistamine once a day . If inspite of the above measures, the lesions continue to persist or increase , then you might have to see a dermatologist for proper assessment and management . Hope it helps Dr Geetika Paul