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Anal problems

Are you too embarrassed to see your doctor about an anal problem? Don’t be. Symptoms such as bleeding, constipation or pain can be the first sign of something serious, so get yourself checked. Click on your anal problem in the box on the right for further information.

Video guide – Anal itching

“Rule number one – love your anus ... It’s a fine piece of machinery and you want to look after it.” In his video on anal itching, GP and broadcaster Dr Phil Hammond discusses why bottoms itch and what you can do about it.

Commonsense comment

See your doctor! You might feel embarrassed, but look at how many comments are here, how many people suffer from the same affliction. I went to the doctor after discovering I was bleeding from my anus and got quite a fright. I’m very body conscious so thought I’d find it hard letting the doctor have a look/feel, but his professionalism made me feel this was totally normal. He sees my body as a mechanic sees a car. He just wants to identify the problem and help me fix it. I felt no shame or embarrassment whilst there, even though the thought of it turned me beetroot before I went into the clinic.