Boils are one of the most common skin infections. Majority of people, children as well as adults may have suffered from boils sometime in their life. They are extremely painful. Boils can develop anywhere on the body, but most common areas for boils are armpits, inner thighs, face, neck, and buttocks.
These tiny pea sized bumps are filled with pus. They grow in size as pus gets accumulated in it. This small bump when present of buttocks can be extremely distressing for a person. Sitting is difficult and painful when you have boils on your buttocks.
Staphylococcus bacteria are responsible for boils. Bacteria enter into the cuts and bruise on skin and infect a blocked oil gland or hair follicle. Boils on buttocks are more common among people who sit for a prolonged period of time. People with weak immune system, diabetes, poor hygiene, wearing too tight undergarments and trousers are susceptible to develop boils on buttocks.
Although boils on buttocks are painful and embarrassing they are not life threatening condition. Boils can be treated with natural remedies.
Causes And Risk Factors For Boils On Buttocks
Number of factors is responsible for development of boils. The causative organism in majority of cases is staphylococcus bacteria. This bacterium is present on everyone’s skin surface. Problem occurs only when the bacteria penetrates in skin from cuts and wounds. After entering it invades and infects blocked oil gland or the hair follicle to produce a boil.
Certain factors that trigger formation of boils on buttocks are:
- Weak immune system.
- Maintaining poor hygiene.
- Damaged hair follicle.
- Intense scratching in the area.
- Sitting for a long duration in one place.
- Excessive perspiration which keeps the area moist. It is commonly seen in people wearing tight apparels and undergarments.
Symptoms Of Boils On Buttocks
Boils on buttocks are extremely painful. Sitting on a boil will worsen the condition and allow its spread. Boils can develop all over buttock area, but they are more common between the folds of buttocks. Damaged hair follicles and excessive perspiration allow the bacteria to grow.
In its early stage, it is a hard painful inflamed lump. After few days the lump becomes soft and large with redness around the affected area, pain continues. There may be number of boils erupted near the original boil.
Presence of pus makes the boil soft. Patient may suffer from fever during this period. The lymph nodes may become enlarged and painful.
Home Remedies To Cure Boils On Buttocks
Most boils can be treated at home including those present on buttocks. However, if boils prevail for one or two weeks after treatment, consult your doctor to find the underlying pathology.
- Warm compress: A warm compress is the best thing that you can do for boils on buttocks. Warmth and heat will make the boil to come to a head easily. Once the head is out, boil easily drains and pus oozes out releasing pressure and alleviating pain. Continue warm compresses for two to three days after the boil opens. Let all the pus drain out from the boil.
- Onion: Apply onion juice on the boil. Onion has natural antimicrobial properties that help to fight skin infection and enhance the healing process. Onion draws out heat and promotes the head of the boil to come out.
- Turmeric: Prepare a paste of turmeric powder. Apply it over the boil and cover it with a gauze piece. Turmeric has antibacterial properties that help in relieving pain and promote faster healing. In addition you can add a pinch of turmeric powder in one glass of milk and drink it daily.
- Goldenseal: Prepare goldenseal paste by mixing small amount of goldenseal powder. Apply the paste on the affected area.