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Sores only on buttocks

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  • Posted By: TexsanGyrl
  • May 15, 2008
  • 04:25 AM

My 15 year old son has suffered for a couple of years now with recurring sores on his buttocks, normally in the area between his two cheeks.

This is the only place he gets these sores. They look like little bug bites, they itch, he scratches, they scab over and scar.

It is not scabies, bed bugs, fleas, etc. We've had those things ruled out.

We have tried different methods of trying to get rid of them, but they eventually come back.


He does state that his buttocks do on occasion itch in the area where the sores come up. Also, please note, the sores are not there all the time, just on occasion. But once he has an outbreak, it takes a good bit of time and doing my best to control the situation.

I have seen other postings at other sites where there are people out there dealing with this same type of situation with no help and no diagnosis.

Any advice or ideas on what it could be would be helpful! Thank you.


Thanks for your time!

TexsanGyrl

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  • It could be a type of MRSA virus. He needs to have one biopsied next time he gets one. You didn't say if he's sexually active and he probably wouldn't tell you.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • I will have one biopsied next time he gets one.He has had these sores come up since he was around 12 or so. Not that children are not sexually active at that age, but for him (his maturity is pretty immature even still at the age of 15) - but you are right, I do not know if he is sexually active.Thanks for your reply.
    TexsanGyrl 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Could be herpes virus, which would require a herpes culture to diagnose, or recurrent 'boils' from a strain of staph, such as MRSA, that would also require a different type of culture. Herpes looks like tiny little blisters that can open to become tiny little ulcers, staph would look more like a pimple or a 'spider bite'.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Then I will definitely get him in to see a doctor next time one of these areas pops up. It's almost heartbreaking to think he may have the herpes virus.Would it stay contained upon his buttocks? It has not seemed to spread at all, just in the area between his cheeks and down into (pardon the language) the crack a bit.
    TexsanGyrl 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Herpes usually stays in the same place each time it breaks out. Unfortunately, kids do dumb things that affect them for the rest of their lives. If it is herpes, he needs to learn to be responsible (from a doctor, not you). He can pass it even when it's not actively broken out. It's tough to inform all partners and teens ...well...I would hate for my mom to know I had a virus...but also, he should sanitize the toilet seat each time he sits on it, or family members might want to wipe off the seat each time, since it's on his buttocks, he could even spread the MRSA virus, or whatever virus or staph infection that he has. If you have two toilets in the house, you might want to give him one and the others use the other one. There are other boil like conditions that re-appear, so don't freak out that your kid has herpes when it might not be. He can get a blood test for herpes 2 right now if he is having sex, along with a syphilis test. Dad can use this as a teaching moment for birth control and HIV awareness. If he has been hanging out with a rough group (he doesn't sound like it) or older boys, they may have encouraged him to do some dumb things.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • He does use a cell phone.. a lot. I've also noticed his allergies have increased lately. He's sensitive to deodorants and such, so we have to watch him when it comes to laundry soap, bath soap, etc as well.If this site supports photo, I might see if I can post a picture of the issue.In any case, I plan to make him a doctor's appointment on Monday to get to the bottom of it.Thank you very much!
    TexsanGyrl 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Herpes usually stays in the same place each time it breaks out. Unfortunately, kids do dumb things that affect them for the rest of their lives. If it is herpes, he needs to learn to be responsible (from a doctor, not you). He can pass it even when it's not actively broken out. It's tough to inform all partners and teens ...well...I would hate for my mom to know I had a virus...but also, he should sanitize the toilet seat each time he sits on it, or family members might want to wipe off the seat each time, since it's on his buttocks, he could even spread the MRSA virus, or whatever virus or staph infection that he has. If you have two toilets in the house, you might want to give him one and the others use the other one. There are other boil like conditions that re-appear, so don't freak out that your kid has herpes when it might not be. He can get a blood test for herpes 2 right now if he is having sex, along with a syphilis test. Dad can use this as a teaching moment for birth control and HIV awareness. If he has been hanging out with a rough group (he doesn't sound like it) or older boys, they may have encouraged him to do some dumb things.OK. First of all, MRSA isn't a virus, it's a bacteria.Second of all, you don't get herpes by sitting on the same toilet seat. It won't come out of the sores, and walk on the seat. So don't do stupid things like cleaning it with alchohol.He's so mature, does he know how to wipe his bottom ?Or does he try too hard maybe?
    Marko Gjorgjevski 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi, For temporary relief IF you can get him to soak in a nice warm tub at his age, have him soak in oatmeal bath. Use the envelopes by Aveeno or there is a store brand that is less expensive. Have him try that for a couple of weeks every other day. It may help to dry up the spots. That area of the body tends to collect moisture on all of us so the moisture will harbor the disease but the oatmeal will dry it up and will help a lot!just be sure to rinse the tub as this stuff usually clings pretty well. Poor kid. It has to be embarrassing for him at that age especially if he has any type of partner or even in Phys Ed class. Definitely get to a new dermatologist and get some biopsies done where they send them off. He could get his blood tested too for food alergies. Years ago I did this with both children and sent it to the Immuno Lab in Florida and it was amazing how many foods they were allergic to. They went on an elimination diet for several months until we found the culprits. The human body...gotta love it! always a mystery!Good Luck!
    monahan4357 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • Wherever there is MRSA, virus seems to follow in the literature, even though it's a bacterium. It lives 10-15 hours. The boy may have gotten it at school (ah...from a toilet seat???)http://www.blurtit.com/q913045.html We don't know what the child has, but best practice is sanitation. It could be a cyst and it would put an end to the worries:http://www.teenhealthfx.com/answers/Health/22940.html toilet seats: http://www.livescience.com/health/060603_popsci_toilet_seats.html http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/archives/editorial/toilet_seat_contagion_is_disputed.asp http://www.healthcentral.com/peoplespharmacy/408/60920.html http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/3733
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • did you find out what it was??
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • IT IS NOT HERPES. There are so many other things it could be, including a FOOD ALLERGY. OR...Dermatitis Herpetiformis which is what I have and I have had it since I was a teenager, I just didn't know what it was back then. It very often happens when a person has an intolerance to gluten. It took me years to be diagnosed with CELIAC DISEASE. I cannot tolerate gluten. When I consume gluten I often get those horrible blisters on my buttocks, AND NO WHERE ELSE, for some strange reason. Your son doesn't have herpes.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
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  • Seborrheic Dermatitis I have the same thing since childhood sores on butt sores on scalp sensitive skin
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 19, 2010
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  • I am having the SAME issue now with my 8yo daughter! I can't figure it iut!
    Anonymous 1 Replies
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