How to Get Rid of a Boil On Your Butt Crack?
The best way to get rid of a boil on your butt crack is with ice packs or hot water. You can use cold packs too but they don’t work as well because it takes longer time for the pain to subside. Hot water works better than ice pack since heat penetrates deeper into the flesh and causes less swelling. Heat also helps in reducing inflammation which may lead to scarring. Ice packs are not recommended for boils on the face since they could cause burns.
You can also try applying salicylic acid cream. Salicylic acid cream is used to treat acne scars and boils on the cheeks. However, it’s effectiveness depends upon many factors like the type of acne scars, degree of scarring, age of patient etc. If you have any doubts about its efficacy then consult a dermatologist before using it on your body.
If you want to remove a boil from your buttocks, then follow these steps:
1) Wash off all dirt and sweat from the area.
Apply ice packs or warm water on the affected part until it cools down completely. Do not apply anything else for around two hours. Then wash off excess water with clean cloth. Repeat this process twice daily for three days (or even more if necessary).
2) While taking bath or shower, use a nailbrush or loofah to scrub the infected area.
Do not apply hand or body soap directly on the skin. Soap can sting if applied on open wounds. If you have large boil then try gently popping it using a clean pin. Wear clean cloths immediately after the procedure.
Dispose of the clothes so that no one else comes in contact with your infection.
3) While the infected area is healing, drink at least 8 glasses of water or other fluids daily.
Water helps in flushing out toxins and cleaning up dead skin cells. It also keeps your skin hydrated.
4) Gently exfoliate your skin using a loofah or nailbrush.
This will remove dead skin cells that could clog your pores.
5) Apply tea tree oil, lavender oil or almond oil on your skin.
These oils have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that help in curing infection quickly.
6) Try taking supplements such as fish oil, vitamin C, multivitamins etc.
These are good for your immune system and help in faster recovery from boils.
7) In case of severe pain or fever, consult a doctor immediately.
Lump At The Top Of My Butt Crack?
A boil at the top of your bum crack could be a severe case of impetigo. Impetigo is highly contagious and is caused due to bacterial infection. The boils start as small red spots that turn into blisters within 24-48 hours. The blisters burst within a week, leaving behind reddish brown scabs. These sores take almost two weeks to heal completely.
The chances of getting impetigo are higher if there is a break in the skin or an infection in the body. It is spread by direct contact with an infected person as well as sharing clothing, towels and bedding. Once the blisters appear, the disease is highly contagious and can be spread by as little as hugging or kissing an infected person.
1) Try applying hydrocortisone ointment on the sores.
This will help in reducing itching and swelling.
2) Use loose clothing instead of anything that is tight around the waist or hips.
This will help in relieving the pressure on the skin.
3) Try taking antibiotics such as penicillin to prevent infection.
4) Wash your skin gently using a mild soap.
Do not apply any ointment, cream or lotion on the blisters since it traps the bacteria underneath and leads to worsening of the condition. This could cause the boils to spread to other areas of your body and cause more severe consequences.
5) Gently clean the skin using a washcloth and warm water twice a day.
Pat it dry gently. After this, apply a thin layer of hydrocortisone ointment on the sores.
6) For added relief, you can also take pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Place a warm washcloth on the sore for a couple of minutes. This will help in relieving burning and throbbing sensations.
Going To The Doctor?
1) If the condition worsens or does not show signs of improvement within one week, immediately see your family physician or visit a walk-in clinic.
Do not try to self medicate with over the counter drugs since they will not cure your condition completely.
2) Be prepared to explain in detail the symptoms you have been experiencing.
Your physician will ask when the sore first appeared, it is best to visit him as soon as possible after its discovery to ensure proper diagnosis, treatment and faster recovery.
3) If you have any doubts or concerns about your condition, do not hesitate to ask them!
Do remember that your doctor is there to answer your concerns and not judge you; so never be afraid to speak up.
4) Do not hesitate to ask your family physician about the different types of treatment options.
He will examine your skin, may also take a small sample of skin for testing to confirm the presence of infection and the kind of germ causing it.
5) Once your physician confirms that you have impetigo, he will start you on an antibiotic to cure it.
This is important since not all strains of this condition are alike. If the wrong treatment is given, the skin infection could linger for weeks or months.
6) While your physician may prescribe an antibiotic, he may also suggest that you take a mild steroid cream if the infection is severe.
This helps in relieving skin inflammation and redness.
7) Your doctor will give you complete instructions on how to use the medication to get quick relief as well as when to apply ointments, salves and lotions to soothe your skin.
8) He may also advise you to stay away from crowds and other people while you are treating your skin from the inside and out.
This is because the germ causing this condition is highly contagious and can easily spread to others. Avoid touching the affected area, wash your hands before eating and keep your visits to a minimum until your skin heals completely.
Treating The Underlying Cause
As mentioned, the best way to treat impetigo is by eradicating the Staphylococcus or Streptococcus bacteria that causes it. The skin infection will usually go away when the bacteria causing it is cured, but the root cause of this illness still remains.
If you have tried a course of antibiotics and your skin condition is still not getting any better, your physician may do a deeper analysis to find out what is really causing it. This may be done by taking a small sample of your infected skin. Your physician may also take a swab of the affected area to send it to a laboratory for testing.
Once the results come back, you may be advised to try a round of stronger antibiotics until your condition clears up.
If tests fail to reveal the cause of your skin infection, your physician may refer you to a dermatologist who can run more advanced tests on your skin. These may include a skin biopsy or a test that examines the genes inside your skin cells.
The good thing is that no matter what the tests reveal, there are effective treatments and cures.
Treating Skin Conditions:
Above all, it is essential to treat the infected area immediately using skin-friendly antiseptics and anti-inflammatories. Always follow the directions on the package to rule out any allergic reactions or interaction with other drugs you might be taking. If your skin condition does not improve within two weeks of treatment, see your physician for further advice.
While the above mentioned tips should help you get rid of impetigo, there are other skin conditions that often accompany this infection. These include:
Cellulitis: This is a bacterial skin infection that involves the tissues under the skin and surrounding muscles. It may also cause swelling and redness of the infected area. If left untreated, it may lead to blood poisoning (sepsis), which can be life threatening.
Furuncles: This condition causes small and painful boils. They most frequently appear in areas where your hair follicles are found such as the back of the neck, armpits, buttocks and groin area.
Folliculitis: This is an inflammatory skin disease that leads to the formation of small red bumps and pus-filled blisters. It most commonly appears in areas where your hair follicles are found.
If you have any of the above conditions and suspect that impetigo is involved, consult a physician immediately.
Tips To Prevent Impetigo
While it may be too late for you to implement these habits now, you can still help your children avoid catching this highly contagious skin condition. One good way of doing this is by teaching them about personal hygiene and the importance of keeping their hands clean.
Here are some other tips that you can pass on to them:
Always wash your hands with soap and water after playing outdoors. The best time to do this is right after outdoor play when bacteria and dirt have time to get into cuts and abrasions. Be sure to dry your hands thoroughly as having wet hands can make you more prone to coming into contact with bacteria and other harmful elements.
Avoid scratching any skin abrasions or wounds as this can put you at risk of getting an infection.
Wash and dry all cuts and abrasions thoroughly.
Wear water-resistant sandals when playing in wet and muddy areas. Also change out of damp or wet clothing as soon as possible.
Keep personal items such as towels, washcloths and clothes away from the rest of the family’s to prevent the spread of bacteria.
While these habits may not guarantee 100 percent protection from infection, they can greatly reduce your risk of coming into contact with the bacteria and viruses that cause skin conditions. If you think that your child has impetigo or any other skin condition, contact your physician immediately.
How To Treat Impetigo At Home
If you have been diagnosed with impetigo, it is essential to follow your physician’s advice regarding treatment as this is the only way you will recover completely. While you cannot cure the condition completely by yourself, there are a few things you can do to soothe the skin and prevent the infection from spreading.
1. Keep The Infected Area Clean And Dry
It is very important that you keep the infected area as clean and dry as possible. Clean the area with water and mild soap at least twice a day or after coming into contact with another person (especially if it’s a child in daycare or school). Pat the area dry and apply a topical antibiotic cream as prescribed by your physician.
2. Apply A Skin Barrier Ointment
Apply a skin barrier ointment (such as petroleum jelly or lanolin) to the surrounding skin to prevent it from coming into contact with the infection and potentially becoming infected as well.
3. Try Some Natural Home Remedies
Home remedies can be used in conjunction with other treatments.
To ease the pain and swelling, take a warm bath using Aveeno oatmeal bath products or soak in a solution of warm water and Epsom salts. For itchiness, try applying a paste made from baking soda and water.
Keep your skin well hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can worsen dehydration.
4. Take Over-The-Counter Medications
Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) can help to relieve pain.
When To See A Doctor
You should seek immediate medical attention if you develop impetigo around your eyes. This may be a sign of a more serious infection and you will need surgery to prevent blindness. Be sure to let your physician know if you develop a fever and extreme fatigue. These can be signs of a more serious infection or the presence of an immunosuppressive disease.
A Word From Verywell
Impetigo is a highly contagious infection that most commonly affects children in daycare or school. It is spread through direct contact with an active breakout, or exposure to an infected person’s towels, washcloths, clothing or bedding. It can also be spread through direct contact with an infected person’s saliva, nasal or respiratory secretions.
Contrary to popular belief, the bacteria that cause impetigo are not related to sexually transmitted diseases and it cannot be spread through sexual contact. It can, however, spread from a mother to her baby. It is important to keep the bacteria from spreading to other parts of the body (such as the eyes or genitals) by keeping the skin clean and dry and making sure to wash your hands after touching the affected area.
It is important to treat impetigo quickly because if it is left untreated, the infection can get worse and spread to other parts of the body (such as the bloodstream or deeper skin layers). This can result in more extensive scarring or even permanent loss of sight if left untreated in the eye.
Once you have been diagnosed with impetigo, your physician should be able to provide you with an appropriate treatment plan that will put an end to your skin breakout. You can prevent future attacks by practicing good skin hygiene and keeping cuts, scratches or wounds covered to prevent infection.
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