When should I call the doctor about anal pain?

Many causes of anal pain do not need to be treated by a doctor. Contact your doctor about anal pain that:

  • Accompanies a lump or mass;
  • Does not feel better after 3 or 4 days;
  • Occurs with bleeding from the rectum;
  • Is severe enough to interfere with daily activities or wake you at night;
  • Returns after going away.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 02/14/2019.


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