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Rectal Pain or Itching

Itching around the anus can be caused by certain foods (particularly coffee, tea, cola, chocolate, tomatoes, alcohol, and citrus fruits) or from cosmetic products that are used in the area. Keep an eye out for a rash that might assist you and your doctor to identify a more specific cause of your itching.

If you have toddlers in your home, and if your itching is very prominent at night, then you may benefit from testing for pinworms.

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