What is buttock rash?

Rash is a symptom that causes the affected area of skin to turn red and blotchy, and to swell. A rash may cause spots that are bumpy, scaly, flaky, or filled with pus. Rashes can vary in location, pattern and extent and may occur in any area of the body. A buttock rash can have a variety of causes, and it may indicate something occurring around the buttock itself or suggest a systemic (body-wide) condition.

Contact dermatitis (skin inflammation) is caused by an adverse reaction to something that touches the skin, including chemicals found in detergent, soap or a fragrance. For example, you may develop a rash on your buttock when you wear pants or underwear that was washed with a particular detergent or treated with a chemical. Cleaning chemicals used on toilet seats may be another cause of buttock rash. 

Diaper rash, which can cause redness and itching on the buttock, as well as the abdomen and legs, is a very common condition in infants and toddlers. Changing your baby’s diaper frequently can help prevent this condition. In addition, the gluteal skin fold between the buttocks is a warm, shaded, moist area – a perfect environment for germs to grow. Fungal skin infections can thrive there.

Allergies to food and medications are potentially serious sources of rash. Peanuts, shellfish, strawberries and avocados are just some of the foods that can trigger allergic reactions. These foods may cause mild reactions; however, in some cases, reactions could develop into potentially life-threatening conditions characterized by vomiting, difficulty breathing, or swelling. Allergic purpura is a serious, often life-threatening allergic reaction that can cause a skin rash but can also affect the joints, gastrointestinal tract, and kidneys.

Rashes may also be associated with skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis and impetigo. Some of these are chronic skin conditions that may flare up for a time, then resolve. Other causes for rash include autoimmune disorders that occur when the body is attacked by its own immune system, which normally serves to protect it from foreign invaders (antigens). Many viruses that occur during flu season, or those associated with childhood diseases, can produce rash.

Rashes can be caused by an allergic reaction to food, medications, lotions or detergents. These reactions can range from mild to potentially life threatening, especially if swelling and constriction of breathing occurs, which could indicate anaphylaxis. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if a rash is accompanied by any serious symptoms, including swelling of the face, swelling and constriction of the throat, difficulty breathing, fainting, change in level of consciousness or alertness, pale skin, or purple rash.

Seek prompt medical care if a rash is persistent and causes you concern.


SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with buttock rash?

Buttock rash may be accompanied by other symptoms, depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Certain conditions that cause buttock rash may also involve other body systems.

Related localized symptoms that may occur along with buttock rash

Buttock rash may be accompanied by other localized symptoms including:

CAUSES

What causes buttock rash?

Buttock rash may have many possible causes, including allergens (agents that cause allergies), infections, autoimmune disorders, or other causes such as stress.

Allergic or inflammatory causes of buttock rash

Buttock rash may be caused by contact dermatitis. Common triggers include:

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 23, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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