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What Causes a Butt Rash in Adults?

Many adults think they’re immune from butt rashes. Then they wake up one day with butt swelling, irritation, and redness.

Symptoms like this one have a social stigma attached to them. People often hide it from doctors, friends, or family out of fear of being judged.

But the sooner you realize that anyone can experience a butt rash, the better you’ll feel about seeking help. In this article, we’ll talk about what causes this annoying symptom, as well as what you can do about it.

What Causes Adult Butt Rashes?

So, what causes a butt rash in adults? As embarrassing as it sounds, a common cause is uncleanliness.

If for whatever reason you don’t take care of yourself “back there”, a rash may develop. Be honest with yourself: are you cleaning your buttocks area regularly?

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If not, you’re allowing microorganisms to prosper. Things like fungi, bacteria, and yeast can grow rapidly in warm, unsanitary conditions.

The anal area is the prime hotspot for these microorganisms. If you’re not washing this area regularly, rashes are more likely to form.

What is a Rash?

A rash happens whenever inflammation occurs in the buttocks area. Inflammation can be characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Itchiness
  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Swelling

For many people, the itching can be incredibly fierce. The reason rashes are so itchy is because of the body’s natural immune response.

During an infection, blood vessels in the butt dilate (get larger) to accommodate white blood cells (WBCs). This is one reason why rashes feel warm and look red. It’s your body’s way of fighting an infection.

Additional Causes of Butt Rashes

Here are some other common causes:

  • Genetics
  • Sickness
  • Allergies
  • Insect Bite
  • Drug Use
  • Irritants
  • Swimming

With the exception of genetics, many of these causes are within your control. Once you pinpoint the problem, then you can focus on fixing it.

For instance, certain medications have been known to cause a butt rash. In that case, the solution is simple: switch medications.

Swimming in stagnant water or being sick can also lead to a rash. Additionally, there’s more than one type of rash you can have.

Types of Butt Rashes  

There’s no such thing as a “universal rash”. They’re all different. Firstly, you need to determine what type of rash you have.

Never try to guess on your own. Always consult a doctor. Why? Because you can guess wrong (which can lead to delayed treatment).

Here are some common rash types:

  • Dermatitis
  • Fungal Rash
  • Poison Ivy
  • Eczema
  • Hives
  • Impetigo

The list goes on and on. Note, you can also have additional symptoms with your butt rash including fever, headache, diarrhea, and so on.

In rare cases, your rash might signify a much more serious underling problem. We don’t say this to scare you, but rather, to make you aware of what your body is telling you.

Can Dermatitis Cause a Butt Rash?

Dermatitis simply refers to inflammation of the skin- in this case, the skin of the butt. In the early stages, it can cause redness, dryness, and itchiness.

As it progresses, it can lead to painful blisters, flaking, and scaling. It’s possible that your annoying symptom is the result of dermatitis.

There are many types of dermatitis. A common one is allergic contact dermatitis. As its name implies, this is when your butt touches a specific allergen.

For cases of allergic contact dermatitis, you’ll need to determine what that allergen is so that you can avoid it. There’s also atopic dermatitis.

Also known as eczema, it causes itching, swelling, and burning. Things like stress, asthma, and allergies can cause atopic dermatitis in the butt.

Where is the Butt Rash Located?

There are two main areas where a butt rash can exist:

  • Butt Cheeks
  • Butt Crack

Rashes within the crack are usually more common. That’s because it’s easier for infectious microorganisms to harbor here.

Rashes focused around the anus are usually the worst. They can cause severe itching and burning that lasts for days. This is why it’s so important to keep the area around your anus clean.

Treatment Options

Fortunately, there are things you can do to lessen the symptoms of a butt rash. These include:

  • Practice Good Hygiene: We said it earlier, and we’ll say it again: practice good hygiene. The #1 reason why people experience this symptom is because they don’t keep their buttocks area sanitary. Make sure that you wash daily and dry thoroughly.
  • Wear Loose Underwear: Wear underwear that don’t rub against your rash. That can make your symptoms feel 10x worse. Opt for loose-fitting underwear that’s breathable. That should help eliminate a degree of pain right there.
  • Wait it Out: Many people simply wait for their rash to go away. That’s fine, but here’s a tip to remember: if it’s there for longer than a few days, see a doctor. You may need prescription medication to make it go away.
  • Topical Ointment: There are many OTC topical ointments that can be used to treat butt rashes. The compound hydrocortisone is very effective at treating rashes. Take daily and you should begin to see results within a few days.

If you’re in severe pain, then take an OTC drug like acetaminophen. There are many natural treatment options as well.

For example, Aloe Vera has been shown to sooth the pain and swelling associated with rashes. Other natural treatments include oatmeal and/or cucumbers. If nothing seems to be working, talk to your doctor.

How long does it take for a butt rash go away on its own? Most go away in 3-7 days. They can last longer if you’re not removing the thing that’s causing the rash in the first place.

For example, if it’s specific allergen causing it, then you’ll need to get rid of it. Otherwise, the rash will become a reoccurring nightmare.

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