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Valentines and Your Colon

  Valentines and Your Colon

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February is valentines month. This is a time for sweet things and of course sweets but what does this do to your colon and your anus? Did you know that eating chocolates is one of the main causes associated to anal itching. Actually Eating certain foods, smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages, especially beer and wine, may cause pruritus ani in some individuals. Pruritus ani is the Latin term meaning “itchy anus”. Some food items associated with anal itching are coffee, Tea,Carbonated beverages,Milk products,Tomatoes and tomato products such as Ketchup,Cheese,Chocolate and Nuts.
Other causes are attributed to Personal habits such as scratch­ing and excessive washing which irritate the anus. There are also other causes which are related to anxiety or stress.
Anal itching or pruritus ani (proo-RIE-tus AY-nie) is itching around the anus (the outlet of the rectum), which may be temporary or persistent and accompanied by a strong, uncontrollable urge to scratch.

Some Possible causes of anal itching includes the following:

Local causes. Both dry skin due to aging and too much moisture around the anus from excessive sweating or from moist, sticky stools.
Medical conditions such as fecal incontinence, skin disorders, yeast and other infections, hemorrhoids, anal abrasions, fissures, and fistulas, and anal tumors can all cause anal itching.
Medications. Some antibiotics, as well as overuse of laxatives, can lead to diarrhea that can irritate the anus and cause excessive itching.
Irritants from chemicals such as laundry soaps, colognes, douches and birth control products can irritate skin around the anus, and certain foods can cause diarrhea or may directly or indirectly irritate your anus as they exit your colon.

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