What are the signs of anal problems?

Anal symptoms are symptoms of disorders that affect the anus and the anal area. Anal symptoms can be worrisome, but the vast majority are benign (not harmful) and are very treatable. Depending on the cause of the anal symptoms, you may experience bleeding, burning, discharge, itching, lumps, pain, or difficulty with bowel movements.

Anal symptoms are often mistakenly attributed to a single cause, hemorrhoids, which are enlarged, bulging veins in the anus or rectum. However, anal symptoms also can be related to other common anal diseases and disorders, including anal fissures, anal inflammation or infection, rectal tumors or inflammation, and skin tags.

More serious causes of anal symptoms include anal or rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, fecal incontinence, rectal prolapse and sexually transmitted diseases (also known as STDs). For example, anal warts are caused by the human papilloma virus, a contagious virus that can be transmitted from person to person. Sexually transmitted disease of the anus can occur in people who engage in receptive anal intercourse.
Most people are naturally hesitant to report symptoms of anal discomfort, but talking openly with your health care provider about your symptoms is the best way to get prompt treatment and relief.

Treatment for anal symptoms will vary depending on the underlying cause. Many anal symptoms, such as those related to hemorrhoids or anal fissure, will resolve with self-care measures. Your health care provider will determine the best treatment for more serious anal diseases and disorders.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have anal symptoms along with other serious symptoms including bloody stools, high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), the inability to pass stool, or large lumps or masses in the anal or rectal area.

Seek prompt medical care if your anal symptoms persist, recur, or cause you concern.


SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with anal symptoms?

Anal symptoms may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Common symptoms that may occur along with anal symptoms

Anal symptoms may accompany other symptoms affecting the anal area including:

CAUSES

What causes anal symptoms?

Anal symptoms are often mistakenly attributed to a single cause, hemorrhoids, which are enlarged, bulging veins in the anus or rectum. However, anal symptoms can also be related to other common anal diseases and disorders. Other common conditions include anal fissure; anal infection or inflammation, which may be caused by various organisms, including parasites such as pinworm; and rectal tumors... Read more about anal symptomscauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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