Swelling on One Side of The Butt Symptom, Causes & Questions

Swelling in one side of the buttocks may point to several underlying conditions, including a bruised buttocks, cellulitis, and more. Read more below to learn about 4 possible causes of swollen buttocks.

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Contents

  1. 4 Possible Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics
  4. Related Articles

4 Possible Swelling On One Side Of The Butt Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced swelling on one side of the butt. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Bruised buttocks

A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the buttocks are common, given the location on the body.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: constant butt pain, butt pain, butt pain from an injury, recent buttocks injury, butt bruise

Symptoms that always occur with bruised buttocks: butt pain from an injury, recent buttocks injury, constant butt pain

Urgency: Self-treatment

Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the deep layers of the skin. It can appear anywhere on the body but is most common on the feet, lower legs, and face.

The condition can develop if Staphylococcus bacteria enter broken skin through a cut, scrape, or existing skin infection such as impetigo or eczema.

Most susceptible are those with a weakened immune system, as from corticosteroids or chemotherapy, or with impaired circulation from diabetes or any vascular disease.

Symptoms arise somewhat gradually and include sore, reddened skin.

If not treated, the infection can become severe, form pus, and destroy the tissue around it. In rare cases, the infection can cause blood poisoning or meningitis.

Symptom of severe pain, fever, cold sweats, and fast heartbeat should be seen immediately by a medical provider.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination.

Treatment consists of antibiotics, keeping the wound clean, and sometimes surgery to remove any dead tissue. Cellulitis often recurs, so it is important to treat any underlying conditions and improve the immune system with rest and good nutrition.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: fever, chills, facial redness, swollen face, face pain

Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis: facial redness, area of skin redness

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Coccydynia

The tailbone, called the coccyx, is the most bottom portion of the spine. Coccydynia is pain around the area of the tailbone, which is triggered by pressure on the tailbone such as during sitting on a hard chair. Symptoms get better with standing or walking. Doctors are not completely sure what causes this pain.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: back pain, lower back pain, painful sex, back pain that shoots to the butt, constant butt pain

Symptoms that always occur with coccydynia: constant butt pain

Symptoms that never occur with coccydynia: warm and red tailbone swelling

Urgency: Self-treatment

Tailbone bruise

A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the tailbone are common, given the location on the body.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: constant butt pain, tailbone pain, tailbone pain from an injury, tailbone injury, butt bruise

Symptoms that always occur with tailbone bruise: tailbone pain from an injury, tailbone injury, constant butt pain

Urgency: Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Swelling On One Side Of The Butt

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Have you had any changes in your weight?
  • Do your symptoms worsen when sitting?
  • Do you have a history of constipation?
  • Do you have a rash?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Swelling On One Side Of The Butt Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced swelling on one side of the butt have also experienced:

  • 11% Lower Back Pain
  • 10% Butt Pain
  • 5% Butt Pain

People who have experienced swelling on one side of the butt were most often matched with:

  • 66% Cellulitis
  • 16% Bruised Buttocks
  • 16% Coccydynia

People who have experienced swelling on one side of the butt had symptoms persist for:

  • 38% Less than a week
  • 23% Over a month
  • 21% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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