Rectal Pain or Itching

Welcome to the Decision Guide for Rectal Pain or Itching.

This guide can help you to identify some of the causes that are most likely to explain your symptoms and to anticipate the recommendations that your doctor might make.

Rectal itching or minimal rectal pain can occasionally occur during normal bowel movements. However, significant rectal pain or persisting rectal itching is not normal and can sometimes be caused by a serious medical problem. For significant pain or persistent skin irritation around the rectum, you should always seek an evaluation by your doctor. This guide is intended to be used as a complement to discussions with your doctor, not as a substitute for office-based care.

If your major symptom is rectal bleeding, constipation, or diarrhea, you may find it more helpful to consult our other Health Decision Guides.

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Women and men will have some issues that differ.

Please choose:

I am a woman.

I am a man.

Occasionally, an infection in the prostate ("prostatitis") can cause symptoms in the rectum or buttock. Please review the following symptoms that suggest a prostate problem:

  • pain in the penis or testicles

  • frequent urinating

  • burning upon urinating

  • difficulty starting your urine stream or inability to pass urine

  • cloudiness or blood in the urine

  • blood in your semen

  • pain when you ejaculate.

Do you have one or more of these symptoms?

Yes I have one or more symptoms that suggest prostatitis.

No, I do not have these symptoms.

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