Shingles on Buttocks
What is Shingles on Buttocks?
Shingles on buttocks, or herpes zoster on buttocks, is a localized outbreak of the varicella zoster virus—the same virus that causes chickenpox. It is characterized by a red, itchy, burning rash that typically appears in a single stripe on one side of the buttocks and/or up the back. The rash may then spread to the other side of the buttocks and/or to other areas of the body as well.
Shingles on Buttocks Symptoms
Symptoms of shingles on buttocks can vary from person to person, but generally include:
- Rash: A localized rash typically begins as a red patch of small blisters that turn into a scab-like crust and heal within 7-14 days.
- Pain and itching: Pain and itching can be intense and can last for days or weeks even after the rash has healed.
- Flu-like symptoms: People with shingles on buttocks may also experience flu-like symptoms such as headache, fatigue, and fever.
Shingles on Buttocks Causes
The virus that causes shingles on buttocks is the same virus that causes chickenpox—the varicella zoster virus. The virus is dormant, or inactive, in the ganglion cells of the spinal cord. Shingles on buttocks occurs when the virus is reactivated due to stress, illness, or aging.
Shingles on Buttocks Treatment
The good news is that shingles on buttocks can be treated. Treatment typically includes antiviral medications such as acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir, which can help reduce the duration and severity of the rash, as well as reduce the risk of complications. In addition, pain medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen may be used to help relieve pain and itching.
It is important to talk to a doctor if you suspect you have shingles on buttocks in order to get an accurate diagnosis and the necessary treatment.