Shingles Contagious Rash on Buttocks: Symptoms, Treatment and Pictures

The symptoms of shingles on the buttocks are the same as with other outbreaks along the body. Painful, itchy, and sometimes numb sores break out resulting in a rash and blisters. Outbreaks are generally contained within one region which is connected to the infected nerve.

Shingles on buttocks symptoms

With breakout in the buttocks, you can also expect rashes potentially reaching up to the lower back or abdomen, or down to the upper thigh. They can also travel into the cheeks and appear on the anus.

Treatment for shingles on buttocks

As soon as you notice you are experiencing early signs of the disease, you should seek treatment for shingles on the buttocks. Antivirals can be prescribed to facilitate a speedy recovery.

Painkillers or a prescription strength topical ointment can be recommended or prescribed as needed. If you experience reoccurring episodes of shingles, a doctor may recommend that your intake daily antivirals as a preventative measure. Keeping a wound dry, clean, and dressed can encourage a swift healing process and alleviate symptoms naturally as much as possible.

Shingles on buttocks pictures

Shingles symptoms are very distinct in nature. Even an untrained eye may be able to distinguish shingles rashes from another illness. Consider referring to pictures of shingles on buttocks in order to gain a better understanding of what’s to be expected.

Generally speaking, you should not rely off of the internet for medical advice as it is merely an aid. For proper diagnostics, talk to your primary care physician.

What causes shingles?

On a microscopic level, shingles is caused by the reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (VZV). This is first acquired into your body when you befall chickenpox. After the infection passes, it gets deactivated and the inactive virus is left in a state of dormancy buried into one of your nerve roots. When they become active once again, it manifests in shingles. No one is exactly sure the cause of being reactivated, but there seem to be close ties with disease, immunosuppression, medications, and stress.

Stress and your immune system

There is a direct connection with your mental condition and the state of your immune system. Taking care of your psychological health (or letting it slip) has been found to impact your ability to fight infection or manage chronic conditions. If you are overworked and burnt out or facing several stressful events, your feelings of being overwhelmed and tired can manifest into measurable differences in your physical wellbeing. You may have noticed you’re likely to get cold sores during harsh examinations or get sick right after staying busy for so long. Shingles has been found to have a link with being stressed out.

Is shingles contagious?

Shingles is transmissible, but not in the way you cause shingles. Herpes zoster can only appear in those with previous exposure to the chickenpox virus. If you are fully vaccinated or had a history of the childhood disease, you do not need to worry about catching anything from a shingles sufferer. However, if you did not receive the vaccine and have yet to get that diagnosis, your buddy with shingles can give you chickenpox which may manifest as shingles a time after.

Shingles is not infectious the entire process of its cycle. The early stages from before the rash formed to the blistering are when the virus is shedding, and you can pass it to passersby. It is only transmittable through bodily fluids. Specifically, they would likely have to come into direct contact with the fluids secreted from the infected area (like the fluid in the blister) to an orifice or open wound. When outbreaks are in your nether regions, this is unlikely. Sexual contact may want to be avoided, but the symptoms of shingles make it rather uncomfortable anyway.

Tips to avoid irritation

Unfortunately, your butt is a region that has to be covered in society. Even if it’s bandaged up, most people don’t appreciate (or tolerate) butts out in the open. If you can get away with wearing a dress or skirt, this is much easier. They’re breezy and have no clothes directly touching the infected area. If you don’t fancy dresses or skirts, try loose fitting pants or shorts.

Opting for cotton or linen trousers as opposed to skinny jeans or other rough denim will reduce irritation. If your clothing is too tight, it might interfere with healing blisters. Adding too much pressure may cause liquid filled blisters to burst and mend together with the fabric or bandage. If it dries or heals to the cloth, it can be painful to replace the gauze and cause further tearing of the skin that can impede on wound healing. When it comes to intimates, you are going to want to avoid the traditional sexy options like lace or cheer.

The material needs to be nonirritating and not contribute to further chaffing or discomfort. Breathable underwear, while form-fitting, is a good option. There are specific types of underwear marketed at sufferers of skin conditions like shingles, psoriasis, and eczema. Chaffree is one brand that designs products that wick moisture and use protective fibers which act like more of a comfort barrier to protect you.

 

 

Article References:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/shingles-on-buttocks
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4465119/
  3. https://www.medicinenet.com/is_shingles_contagious/article.htm#what_is_shingles
  4. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/qa/whats-the-best-clothing-to-wear-when-you-have-shingles
  5. https://www.chaffree.com/relief-psoriasis-shingles-sufferers/?cn-reloaded=1

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