How to Get Rid of Red Bumps on the Butt

Warm baths can help heal red bumps on your butt.

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The itch that you just can't scratch in public is usually the worst kind of itch. If you have red bumps on your butt, they are most likely the result of folliculitis. Folliculitis develops when your hair follicles clog with dead skin cells and dirt or when hairs grow inward instead of upright, resulting in a pus-filled boil. Getting rid of the red bumps on your butt may take some time, but when they finally resolve you will feel much better.


Wash the affected area every day using a mild soap and warm water. Pat your butt dry using a clean towel after washing.


Soak your butt in warm water or apply warm compresses to your skin for at least 15 to 20 minutes per day, three times a day to help bring the boils to a head.


Apply an antibiotic ointment to the boils three times a day once they break and begin to weep, which should take five to seven days. A pea-sized amount of antibiotic ointment applied with clean fingertips should suffice.


Cover the area with a clean, sterile bandage after each application of antibiotic ointment. Apply a fresh bandage each time you remove the previous one.


Continue to keep your butt clean, dry and covered with a thin layer of antibiotic ointment and a sterile bandage until the red bumps resolve.

Things You'll Need


1.Mild soap

3.Warm compress

5.Clean, sterile bandages

2.Warm water

4.Antibiotic ointment


Tips & Tricks


Wear loose clothing. Tight clothing can rub against the red bumps on your butt and aggravate the situation.

Do not scratch, pick or squeeze the red bumps on your butt. Doing so can introduce bacteria to the area resulting in an infection.

If the skin around the red bumps becomes inflamed, extremely sore or discolored, contact a physician immediately. This could be a sign of infection requiring medical attention.


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