Anal pain, which is also known as proctalgia, is a common complaint which can affect anyone, at any age.
Anal pain is often caused by a minor condition and often goes away on its own. You’ll usually be able to relieve the pain yourself but if not, your GP will be able to offer treatment.
Anal pain causes include:
Occasionally, other anal pain causes include:
Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about symptoms.
See your GP if you have anal pain which:
Your GP will ask about your symptoms, any pain after a bowel movement and your general health. To help with diagnosis, your GP may examine your anus and carry out a rectal examination.
Your GP may refer you for further investigations or to a consultant, such as a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon.
To help relieve anal pain, try:
Depending on the cause, your GP may recommend:
If another underlying condition is responsible for your anal pain, your GP or consultant will recommend treatment depending on your diagnosis.