Anal skin tags are a common and benign skin issue. They may feel like small bumps or raised areas on the anus. Although skin tags may be sensitive, they rarely cause pain. However, skin tags can be very uncomfortable and itch. The skin around the anus is often looser than skin on other parts of the body.
How Are Anal Skin Tags Identified and Removed?
Anal Skin Tag: Causes, Removal, Recovery, and More
The anus is the opening at the end of your anal canal. The rectum sits between your colon and anus and acts as a holding chamber for stool. When pressure in your rectum becomes too great, the internal ring of muscle called the anal sphincter relaxes to allow stool to pass through your anal canal, the anus, and out of your body. The anus consists of glands, ducts, blood vessels, mucus, tissues, and nerve endings that can be highly sensitive to pain, irritation, and other sensations. Depending on the cause, a swollen anus can feel warm, cause sharp or burning pain especially after a bowel movement , and even produce bleeding and pus.
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Symptoms related to this sensitive area can be very troubling, yet many people are reluctant to discuss them. Itching pruritis ani , painful defecation, stained underwear, spotting of blood, and odor add up to embarrassment, distress, social restrictions, and anguish. These problems of anal discomfort are very common. Symptoms may coexist with irritable bowel syndrome IBS , accidental leakage bowel incontinence , or other functional bowel disorders.
Anal itching, also referred to as pruritus ani, is a rash or irritation of the skin just outside of the anal opening. Usually raw and chapped, small ulcers or sores may also be present on the skin. This can cause severe itching, burning and even pain. When toilet paper is used to wipe the anal area after bowel movements, it has a tendency to smear some of the bowel movement material over the anal skin.