I am 24-year-old male and I am worried about having headaches, an unusual sore throat which does not feel blocked, burning sensation in my anus and a little blood discharge from the anal area. Please help.

Q. What could cause headaches, sore throat, rectal burning sensation and bleeding in a 24-year-old male?

Answered by
Dr. Pritam Mohapatra
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 09, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am a 24-year-old male and I have been unwell. I live in away from my home in another country and four months ago I visited my rural home and there I got the flu which lasted for a few days. It was accompanied by a dry cough that lasted for weeks, at first I thought I had contracted HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) so I went to get tested and the results came out negative which was a relief for me. A few weeks later, I started to have a headache and my body was shivering so I went to see a doctor and was tested for malaria and sugar levels. The sugar levels were fine and I was given malaria medication and antibiotics which were all finished by me but I still have the headaches and flu-like illness in the salivary gland area, it is not swollen and I produce enough saliva, my lips stay dry though and the headache would not go away. I feel like my throat is sore but not really and nothing feels blocked in my throat. I was taking Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) pills and Roxithromycin (Acevor) antibiotics and also Artemether (Coartem) for the malaria but on the prescription paper, there was Diclofenac (Cataflam) written which I did not buy.

Now I have a burning sensation in my anus and it is been going on for days now and I am really worried and not sure what this could be. I passed out feces today and as I was wiping the anal area I noticed a little blood on the tissue, must be from pushing the feces out too hard.

Thank you.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read our query and understand your concern.

I appreciate your seeking help. Well, should you have the test reports including that of your complete blood count (CBC), urine analysis, stool test, LFT (liver function test) or KFT (kidney function test), X-Ray of the chest (posterior-anterior view) or PNS (paranasal sinuses), blood sugar levels and other reports as relevant with you, you may please share the same for my reference. It will help me assess and suggest medications, if any, appropriately. For the time being, you can just ensure to take a healthy and balanced diet as mentioned in the following :

  1. Preferably take a Mediterranean diet.

  2. Stay well hydrated.

  3. Relax or de-stress regularly.

  4. Additionally, I would suggest including fresh buttermilk spiced with half a teaspoon of fresh turmeric powder, twice daily, in your daily diet.

  5. Again, salty, spicy, fatty, oily, greasy, and sweet foods including fast foods or outside foods etc all are best avoided.

Do take care, and I wish you all the very best.


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