Anal eczema

What is an anal eczema ?

Anal eczema is an itchy, inflammatory skin lesion at the anus. It often happens and has diverse causes.

What are the causes?
Proctological diseases such as a haemorrhoid or fistula complaints, genital warts, an anal sphincter weakness and often a false anal hygiene trigger this disease. .Frequently there are skin diseases such as psoriasis or neurodermatitis which weaken the resistance. Relatively rare are fungi ( mycoses) the cause of an anal eczema.

What symptoms occur with an anal eczema?
It shows a redness around the anus, accompanied by itching, burning and / or oozing. Occasionally, traces of blood found on the toilet paper.

How does the doctor make a diagnosis?
The external examination (inspection) can usually detect the cause. Important is a proctoscopy to detect internal haemorrhoids, which can by enlargement insert a stimulus to the external anal area. Occasionally smear tests are needed to further examination.

What happens by a waiver of treatment?
The acute anal eczema can take a chronic course and then lead to permanent skin damage.

What treatment options are there?
The treatment depends on the cause of the anal eczema  In most cases the correct ointments are helpful, of course haemorrhoids or fistulas must be treated accordingly if necessary. In any case, a careful anal hygiene is recommended. After careful cleaning of the anus with a soft, white toilet paper, the anus should then be rinsed with clear water and dried. The habitual use of moist toilet tissue is not recommended because of the risk of allergenic