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Pruritus ani.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3671217     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Management of pruritus ani rests on a few basic principles. The first and foremost is to listen to the patient and accept how uncomfortable and even disabling this common disorder can be. Such causes as parasites, diarrhea, trauma, hemorrhoids, and fistulas must be accurately diagnosed and treated. Contributing factors, such as poor hygiene or, paradoxically, too vigorous cleansing, must be corrected. Certain foods, such as spices and citrus fruits, need to be eliminated from the diet. Use of all over-the-counter preparations, cleaning pads, and solutions except water must be stopped. Finally, a mild steroid cream should be prescribed on a temporary basis, and the patient should be reexamined in two to three weeks. In the vast majority of cases, the physician will have a very happy and appreciative patient.
E J Aucoin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Postgraduate medicine     Volume:  82     ISSN:  0032-5481     ISO Abbreviation:  Postgrad Med     Publication Date:  1987 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-12-11     Completed Date:  1987-12-11     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401147     Medline TA:  Postgrad Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  76-80     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Pruritus Ani / etiology,  therapy*

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