Is there anything more irritating than having a rash between buttocks cheeks? This type of rash makes it uncomfortable to sit, and even wear clothing, it can just be miserable. For the purpose of this information, it will be referred to as a butt rash.
What is a rash between the buttocks?
A butt rash is a red rash that can appear between your buttocks cheeks. These rashes are commonly caused by the chafing of a warm, moist area.
What can cause the butt rash?
Butt rashes are common ailments that many people face, that usually do not require medical treatment from a physician. It can, of course, depend on the severity of the rash whether or not seeking medical treatment is a safer alternative for you than trying to remedy it yourself. Reasons that these butt rashes occur include:
- Intertrigo--is an inflammation due to the rubbing or friction of one area of skin against another. This can also happen in the armpits, neck, groin area, between the toes, and under the breasts.
- Clothing rubbing against the area
- Sweat from working out
- Sweating while out in hot weather or humid conditions
- Bicycle riding can contribute due to the repetitive nature of it
- Running can also contribute due to the repetitive nature and the friction that is involved
Most of these symptoms can be considered as Intertrigo, but beware of more severe cases or other symptoms that could arise, and be sure to contact your physician should anything seem unusual.
Other possible causes of rash between the buttocks cheeks
There are several other causes of such a rash, although some are less common than others. The possibility does still exist and being informed is the best knowledge to have.
- Contact Dermatitis--this is when the area comes in contact with something like a substance that could cause the irritation. These substances can include poison ivy, poison oak, a certain medication allergy, cosmetics, perfumes, laundry soap, bath soap, lotions, sunscreen, and even fertilizers or pesticides. If you have been in contact with any of these, be sure to report them to your physician to rule out dermatitis or an allergic reaction.
- Heat rash--a red, prickly rash caused by heat, it looks like little pimples have formed.
- Genital herpes--transmitted by vaginal or anal sex, it is possible.
- Eczema--usually only occurs on the elbows, hands, and arms, but can occur between the buttocks cheeks.
- Psoriasis--more common in the buttocks area, easily confused with intertrigo.
- Jock itch aka Ringworm--can form in between the buttocks and is very contagious.
- Shingles--less likely, but still possible. Shingles normally form on one side of the body.
- Lichen Sclerosus--more common in postmenopausal women, it is a skin ailment that occurs in the genital and anal areas, but it can affect men as well.
- A Yeast infection--more common in women that are taking antibiotics, are overweight, or diabetic. Men and children can also suffer from the infection.
- Incontinence--people that suffer from incontinence are also susceptible to the butt rash due to the moisture that can build up in the area.
Are some people more susceptible?
Rashes between the buttocks can occur on almost anyone, but there are circumstances where some people may be more susceptible than others. Keep in mind that sometimes common skin rashes could actually be a fungal or viral infection that should be diagnosed properly by a physician.
- Overweight and obese people
- People in moister climate or conditions
- Persons in warm climates
- Sweat retention of different individuals
- Extra friction either by the extra skin rubbing against the area or tighter clothing
Symptoms of a rash between the buttocks cheeks
Intertrigo is the technical term for a rash between the buttocks cheeks. There are several different symptoms that have been reported in identifying such a rash. Some of these symptoms may vary for each person and their individual situation.
- Red, irritated skin
- A red rash may appear, can also be a scaly rash
- Severe itching in the affected area
- Discomfort and possibly a burning sensation when an article of clothing rubs against it
- Bumps or blisters can appear
- Fluid leakage in the area is also possible
Although a medical diagnosis can confirm that it is or is not intertrigo, most of the time the symptoms can be treated with over the counter topical ointments or creams. In severe cases that last longer than a short period of time, a medical doctor can prescribe treatments or a referral to a dermatologist depending on your specific needs.
When to seek a medical opinion about the rash?
As mentioned, most of the time the rash will go away on its own, but there are certain things to look for in deciding when to seek medical treatment instead of home treatment.
- When the rash happens suddenly and spreads fast
- When a fever accompanies the rash
- When blisters form in the area
- When it becomes painful
- When it begins looking infected, such signs may include red streaks, green or yellow discharge, or swelling occurs
What treatments are available?
Most of the time, rashes between buttocks cheeks are treated with topical ointments. Such treatments would be cortisone creams, antifungal creams, powders, sprays, antihistamines (like Benadryl), or anti-inflammatory painkillers. These products can be found over the counter and will not need a medical prescription.
On the other hand, your doctor may prescribe any of the following steroid creams or ointments, oral steroid medication, oral antibiotics, immunomodulators, antibiotic creams, oral antiviral medications, or retinoid creams. Since each case is different, be sure to inform your physician if you have any allergies to such medications.
What steps can be taken to prevent the rash?
If you've ever had a rash between the buttocks cheeks, or if they have reoccurred frequently, by changing your routine you can help prevent or eliminate them in the future. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
- Use fragrance-free laundry soap
- Use fragrance or soap-free cleaners
- Avoid wool or itchy type fabrics on your skin
- Wear loose fitting clothing instead of tight clothing to help avoid the friction
- Use a gentle moisturizer on your skin
- Moisture barrier ointments such as Vaseline can help in preventing friction
- Antiperspirants can prevent excess moisture
- Good personal hygiene
- Avoid harsh or caustic chemicals
- When exercising, shower and change into clean, dry clothing afterward.
There are also many home remedies that can be used when you have a rash between the buttocks cheeks. But make sure to do the proper research before exposing your already sensitive skin to other remedies besides those recommended.