Shingles on Buttocks: Symptoms and Treatment

Yes, you can get shingles on your buttocks.

The shingles rash most often occurs on the torso and buttocks. It may also appear on other parts of your body, including the legs, arms, or face.

Shingles (herpes zoster) is characterized by an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin. It’s a risk for anybody who has had chickenpox.

The varicella-zoster virus causes both shingles and chickenpox. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are about 1 million cases of shingles in the United States every year.

The symptoms of shingles

Whether shingles first appears on your torso, buttocks, or another location, the first symptom is typically unexplained physical sensations, most often pain.

For some people, the pain can be intense. These sensations usually appear in the area where the rash will develop in one to five days.

Shingles symptoms initially include:

  • sensation of tingling, numbness, itching, burning, or pain
  • sensitivity to touch

Symptoms a few days after the sensations include:

  • red rash
  • blisters filled with fluid that break open and crust over
  • itching

Other symptoms may include:

  • headache
  • fever
  • fatigue
  • chills
  • light sensitivity
  • upset stomach

The outward symptoms of shingles often affect only one side of your body. In other words, the rash could appear on your left buttock but not your right.

Some people with shingles only experience pain without developing the rash.

Shingles lasts between two and six weeks.