6 Reasons Your Butt Itches

When redness and irritation shows up on or inside your butt, this poses a challenge. First, unless you have Gisele-like flexibility, it’s hard to whip your head around and fully assess the situation. Then there’s the embarrassment factor. Do you really want to drop trou and stick your cheeks out for your dermatologist? Didn’t think so. Before it comes to that (and it might, depending on how serious things are and what the treatment requires), check out our guide to decoding the signs behind six common rear-end rashes.

1. If the rash is: red, itchy, and has small painful blisters

It’s probably: a herpes outbreak
Surprise—this STD doesn’t only strike the mucus membranes of the genitals and mouth. “It’s not uncommon for herpes to infect the skin of your bottom, and the signs would be similar to that of an oral or genital herpes outbreak, including one or more tiny blisters grouped close together. The treatment is also the same: diagnosis by your derm or ob-gyn and then a script for antiviral meds, which will speed healing.

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Surprise—this STD doesn’t only strike the mucus membranes of the genitals and mouth. “It’s not uncommon for herpes to infect the skin of your bottom, and the signs would be similar to that of an oral or genital herpes outbreak, including one or more tiny blisters grouped close together. The treatment is also the same: diagnosis by your derm or ob-gyn and then a script for antiviral meds, which will speed healing.

2. If the rash is: a red, itchy, and scaly patch

It’s probably: a fungal infection
“This is the same fungal infection as athlete’s foot and jock itch, but it shows up on your behind. Fungi thrive in moist, dark places, which is why this infection tends to occur on body parts that rub together, creating lots of heat and friction (hello, butt crack!). An OTC anti fungal cream should get rid of it, but if that doesn’t work, your doc can prescribe something stronger.

3. If the rash is: red with tender, pimple-like bumps

It’s probably: buttne, which is medically known as folliculitis
This happens when dead skin cells and bacteria clog the hair follicles on your cheeks and upper thighs. It’s unsightly, but it’s nothing serious: Ease it by applying an OTC benzoyl peroxide product, and prevent it from returning by showering after a gym session and wearing fabrics that let your butt skin breathe.

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4. If the rash is: red, scaly, and strikes right above your butt crack

It’s probably: psoriasis
Psoriasis, a chronic, non-contagious skin condition, is caused by the overproduction of skin cells—and it loves to show up in that dimple between your lower back and crack.. Other signs include white, pink, or silver patches and flaking. It also tends to form on the elbows, scalp, and nails. Psoriasis needs to be treated with prescription steroid creams, so if you suspect you have it, check in with your derm.

5. If the rash is: flaky and itchy, sometimes accompanied by tiny red bumps

It’s probably: eczema
Those stretchy black tights you’re practically living in right now? They’re big-time eczema offenders, trapping heat and sweat between your skin and the synthetic material, triggering this itchy, red skin condition. Also, wear more breathable all-cotton or natural-fiber material so your skin gets some fresh air. If you’re still itchy, your derm can give you stronger meds.

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6. If the rash is: super itchy and on your anus

It’s probably: hemorrhoids
These small protrusions of veins can be irritating, painful, and itchy, thanks to the swelling and inflammation that develops around them. It sounds gross, sure, but hemorrhoids are very common and are usually caused by pressure from chronic constipation or pregnancy. OTC hemorrhoid creams can numb the pain, reduce swelling, and nix the itch. But if yours keep acting up and leave you squirming, see your doctor about other treatment options, like surgery.

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Source: www.womenshealthmag.com

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