What Skin Conditions Cause Anal Pain?

Pain anywhere in your body is tough to deal with, but anal pain presents its own set of unique challenges. The difficulty of trying to deal with a condition that you can’t outwardly address is bad enough, but the pain can have a surprising impact on your life, making even a night on the couch an unpleasant affair. Thankfully, many causes of anal pain are skin conditions that we can easily remedy.

At Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center, under the expert direction of Dr. Betsy Clemens, our team offers comprehensive services that address most common anorectal disorders, helping our patients in Creve Coeur, Missouri, find much-needed relief. And when it comes to anal pain, often the problem stems from a skin condition, which we can quickly resolve.

Here’s a look at some of the more common skin conditions that can lead to anal pain.

Anal fissures

As the name implies, an anal fissure is a break in the skin that lines your rectum, more specifically the thin tissue called the mucosa. An anal fissure typically develops when you pass hard stool or stool that’s too large, which leads to the tearing.

The resulting fissure can be a source of considerable pain and discomfort, but we do offer some very effective treatments that correct the problem as quickly as possible, such as special baths and ointments. If your anal fissure is a chronic problem, we can perform a minor surgery to correct the issue once and for all.

Proctitis

This condition occurs when the lining of your rectum becomes inflamed, which can lead to anal pain, along with other symptoms. Proctitis is commonly associated with inflammatory bowel diseases, as well as sexually transmitted infections.

The treatment for proctitis depends upon the underlying cause, but in many cases a course of antibiotics or antiviral medications can clear the problem up.

Thrombosed external hemorrhoid

This type of hemorrhoid is caused by a blood clot that develops in the skin around your anus. These types of hemorrhoids can be extremely uncomfortable, but the clots aren’t dangerous. To address the problem, we perform an in-office procedure called an external thrombectomy, which eliminates the clotted blood from your swollen hemorrhoid.

Sexually transmitted infections 

Your anus can present symptoms of sexually transmitted infections, and anal pain is among them. Depending upon the source of the infection, we typically provide you with ointments or medications to resolve the issue.

Warts and psoriasis

Just as warts and psoriasis can wreak havoc on other areas of your skin, they also can affect the tissue surrounding your anus, causing pain. To identify the source of the problem, we take a biopsy of your tissue, which directs us to the best way to treat you. 

Whatever the source of your anal pain, rest assured that our goal is to provide you immediate and long-term solutions that will keep the discomfort at bay. Simply contact us at 636-228-3136 or request a callback to find relief from your anal pain.

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