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What causes boils on my buttocks?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Butt boils can come from many sources, including infections, skin disorders and exposure to chemicals. They also comes from a condition called hidradenitis suppurativa. It’s a chronic skin disease that causes painful boil-like lumps under the skin. The lumps often break open, producing abscesses that drain fluid and pus. They more commonly form in the armpit or groin, including the area around the buttocks.

Studies have shown that it may affect one in 100 people. Women are three times more likely to develop this condition, and it is more common in African Americans.

If you think you might have this, you should see a doctor. You may benefit from a course of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, or surgery.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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