Boils are localized infections characterized by tenderness and a pus center. It can happen on any part of the skin, including the buttocks.
- The condition will generally start as a tender and firm area
- As the condition progresses, the center of the boil starts to fill with pus.
- When there is enough pus and when the skin has been thinned enough, the boil will drain on its own.
- A boil needs to be treated because it can lead to further infections, plus it is very painful and may cause problems with sitting down.
- The condition can be treated at a doctor’s office where it will be incised or lanced and then drained.
- Antibacterial treatments may also become necessary.
Causes of Boils on Buttocks
There are a number of possible causes of boils on buttocks, these include:
- Ingrown hairs – one of the most common causes
- Foreign material lodged in the skin
- Plugged sweat glands
- Break or scrape on the skin that may progress into further infection
How to Prevent Boils on Buttocks
- Washing the skin with antibacterial soaps
- Use of exfoliating scrubs to help deal unclog pores
- Regular shaving or waxing to help prevent Folliculitis or infected ingrown hairs
- Diagnosis is going to involve a physical examination to see the condition of the boil
- Bacterial culture may be taken to check the type of microbial agent causing the problem.
- Lancing or Incision and Drainage – This will help to relieve the pressure, which is causing the pain symptom in patients with buttock boils.
- Antibacterial medication – it can either be in topical or oral form. This helps to control the infection and keep it from spreading.
- Hot or Cold compress – helps to numb the skin and control pain
- Sitting on a donut pillow can help relieve the pain, but this depends on the location of the boil.
Recurring Boils on Buttocks Home Remedies
It is common for a boil on the buttocks to reoccur. This is because the area is prone to high levels of bacterial growth. To prevent recurrence, a patient can do the following:
- Keep opened boil cleaned or covered with gauze – gauze cover may be removed later on but antibacterial ointment should still be applied.
- Regular washing with antibacterial soap
- Taking the full course of an antibacterial treatment – this is because if a patient stops taking medication without completing the course, the bacteria may still be present and an infection may recur.