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When that itch in the seat of your pants strikes, there’s nothing you want to do more than give it a good scratch. But not only is that not the way to go about it, it’s also not the best way to endear yourself to polite company.
“Anal itching is quite common, and for some people, it can feel incredibly frustrating,” says Mitchell Bernstein, M.D., an associate professor of surgery and director in the division of colon & rectal surgery at NYU Langone Health. “Some people even start scratching in their sleep, and of course, too much scratching just makes it worse.”
The ailment is