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Butt boils - Caution GROSS post

on 12/14/07 11:13 am - Upstate, SC
To totally erase the pretty boobie images...I have a gross butt question...

I had these preop and STILL get them post...probably more than before even...

About once a month I get a boil or large zit on my butt...always in a different place. They get bigger and bigger, and just when I can't stand it anymore, they shrink, leave a dark mark on my skin, and disappear only to pop out a few inches away a few weeks later.
They aren't surface things, either. They are deeeep.

Now I have one between my "kitty" and butt, sorta on the edge of the labia area. I know, TMI.


Anyone have any advice on this? Sitting in my office chair hurts...normal hygene hurts...oy.

Is this a staph-type thing that needs treated? I haven't been real anxious to get them "looked" at by a professional.

(I can't believe I'm posting this...but I'm sick of it, and keep telling newbies that nothing's off-limits or too gross...)

sw 286/ cw 180ish BMI 28
Thank God for the DS! It saved my life, literally & figuratively!

on 12/14/07 11:16 am - Mouseville, FL
DS on 07/13/06 with
You need to get this looked at by a professional. I know it might not be pleasant for you -- but you need to know what it is since it keeps coming back. Red

on 12/14/07 11:18 am
Sorry to ditto what Red said but you must get to a doc. You need some antibiotics. It may be staph. Also the fact that it keeps popping back up is worrysome, too. Pleae go see a doc. Betty
on 12/14/07 11:27 am - Upstate, SC
Yeah, you guys are right.
My PCP just retired, and I haven't found a new one yet. I'd hate to be like, "Hi, nice to meet you, I have all these post DS needs...and would you take a look at THIS?" on my first visit...LM(ugly)BO.
Maybe I'll just hit a good clinic with this before I scare a new PCP.
While I'm not planning any in the short term, I do worry that future plastics could be compromised if I have a nasty staph or something lurking. Would totally ruin a mons or labia lift, I bet.

sw 286/ cw 180ish BMI 28
Thank God for the DS! It saved my life, literally & figuratively!

on 12/14/07 11:39 am - Clawson, MI
I used to get these all the time! Knock on wood, I haven't had any since surgery, but I know exactly what you mean. I think it is a staph thing. I used to get them all over the insides of my thighs and mons and butt. They sucksucksuck! DH usually ends up draining them for me because they get really painful. I never saw anyone about them, but I did mention them to my surgeon before surgery and he said that it's related to being overweight too. Not having the best personal hygene and limited airflow to the affected areas. I'm not really sure what can be done about them if anything. Antibiotics might work to get rid of a current one, but I'm guessing they will still come back. It's impossible to completely get rid of staph, it's everywhere in the environment. The best thing for me was a very very hot compress and having DH drain them.
J G.
on 12/14/07 12:10 pm
Lindy, don't worry at all about approaching your new PCPwith this. They've seen stuff a million times worse. Its all in a days work to them. Or, if you'd be more comfortable, you could also show it to your gynecologist. Whichever, just go before it gets worse.
on 12/14/07 6:02 pm
Docs don't care what you show them...good grief can you imagine what they saw in ER during their residency and internship? I'm almost 100% sure it is a staph thing and it won't go away until you get antibiotics. Go to an ER clinic and get yourself straightened out. Staph is highly it for those around you. LOL Really, you shouldn't let these things linger. B
on 12/14/07 1:07 pm - savannah, GA
OMG!!! I have not had one since right after the DS surgery. The thing was in the same kitty / butt area that you are talking about that I had my MOTHER pop it for me as I could not get to it to drain it to ease the pain....Laying on the bed legs spread as far as I could get them , towel in place as a feeble attempt to have some decorum......GOSH I FEEL FOR YOU. Soak in a hot bath have your husband lance the thing. Wear gloves. It will releive the pressure and make it feel better.

Jamie K.SW / CW / GW
360 /157 / 150
Plastics 3/3/09 In Monterey MX.

on 12/14/07 1:17 pm - Upstate, SC
Yeah, they're not exactly easy to reach, huh? I can't even contort enough to see this one in a mirror!
I had DH look at it this morning (eww) and he sees it, but it's not looking poppable, meaning it's not all puffy and hard. Most of the "yuck" is deep right now.
I hear 'ya...a hot bath is in order...and probably a doc visit soon.

sw 286/ cw 180ish BMI 28
Thank God for the DS! It saved my life, literally & figuratively!

on 12/14/07 1:09 pm - TX
Im curious about this too. I get those all the time, pre and post op. It looks to me like ingrown hair that just gets infected, and when it drains, the skin in that area gets black. And it stays like that, ugh... it is disguisting.

SW - 266 / CW - 117 / GW - 130


on 12/14/07 1:19 pm - Upstate, SC
I too always thought they were ingrown hairs...but now I'm doubting mine are. There's too much pressure for that.
And yeah, I've gor those spots all over, too. Blech.
When/if I get a resolution, I'll share. It's the least I can do after throwing this ickyness out here!

sw 286/ cw 180ish BMI 28
Thank God for the DS! It saved my life, literally & figuratively!

on 12/14/07 2:03 pm - South, GA
I sent you a PM!
Cheryl V. 5'11" tall!

on 12/14/07 9:13 pm - Upstate, SC

sw 286/ cw 180ish BMI 28
Thank God for the DS! It saved my life, literally & figuratively!

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on 12/14/07 2:42 pm - TN
google hydradenitis supportiva Sounds like that's what you got. I had it before, hardly ever now but still once in a while. I use serial hot soaks to bring them to a head, then drain, lancing if necessary
on 12/14/07 9:18 pm - Upstate, SC
Will do.
DH is very squeemish, Mom is blind...guess I'll get professional help on the draining!
(Don't really want a blind person stabbing me down there! )

sw 286/ cw 180ish BMI 28
Thank God for the DS! It saved my life, literally & figuratively!

on 12/14/07 3:07 pm - Melbourne, Australia

Hi LindyLoo ~

It's most likely an infection combo of ingrown hair and staph...just how our bodies 'handle' the two together. Yes..bring the thing to that yucky state where the top tissue feels all spongy...THEN it's ready to 'express'. Hot bath soaks or wet, warm compresses are the way to speed that. DON'T try and 'pop' or drain it while the top is still'll press the infection deeper by doing that.

When you drain a simple needle poke to the centre of the top....only GENTLY press on the sides to drain it. Firm pressures only serve to increase the liklihood of damaging the tissues and causing more scarring.

After you've 'drained' the bulk of the stuff, keep on with the warm compressess and soaks while it heals. Keep the wound covered, but aim to keep the sore 'open', so that more drainage is allowed. A simple gauze covereing (rather than an bandaid) is best for that. No creams or ointments are needed....the stuff just needs to get out!'s eveywhere! You may wish to have liquid antibacterial soap in your shower to use on the general area, as that will minimize some of the surface staph. I know that sometimes physicians will prescribe an oral treatment, but it's the big-gun drugs that are used, and it's most likely caused by spreading of surface staph. Some of us are natural 'carriers' and we don't ever really did ourselves of it.

These things are far more common than you may think. And docs see 'em all the time. Wait to see your doctor until the thing is 'ripe', and they'll drain it in a matter of moments. Not painful other than that one 'stick' that's needed to get it all started.

Ugly little *******s, aren't they? lol...... I'm finding I'm getting them more frequently with all the friction and pressure of some of the exercise machines at the gym. Sigh...with the good comes the bad I suppose.

Wishingyou relief soon~ Sherrie

on 12/14/07 9:20 pm - Upstate, SC
Ewww..."ripe"! LOL. That it is.

Looks like I've got a fun appt ahead of me in the am!

I think I'm getting them more postop too...maybe cause I'm so much more active?!

sw 286/ cw 180ish BMI 28
Thank God for the DS! It saved my life, literally & figuratively!

Rotten Ronni
on 12/14/07 4:11 pm - DFW, TX
I had one of these in the crack of my butt. I steeped a tea bag in ho****er, took a wash cloth and soaked it in the tea water and applied it to the area. Do this a couple times a day. It should bring it to the surface fairly quickly, and then pop away. Hope this helps, Ronni

on 12/14/07 9:21 pm - Upstate, SC
Thanks Ronni!

sw 286/ cw 180ish BMI 28
Thank God for the DS! It saved my life, literally & figuratively!

on 12/14/07 6:14 pm - bay area, CA

You definitely need to see a doc for this, and if the new PCP can't handle it, you need a different new PCP. This is a surprisingly common problem, most people just don't go around talking about it openly.

I agree with all the advise about compresses, lancing when the time is right (best to have a professional do this!), letting it drain open with more compresses, etc. And you probably need a course of antibiotics, too. A culture can be done when it is lanced to determine if it's staph or something else, what antibiotics are most likely to work, etc. The professional can also numb it up with local before doing the incision and drainage (the fancy medical term for lancing it open), and therefore can do a more thorough drainage. So, get thee to a doctor! Larra