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Diaper Rash, Yeast Diaper Rash Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy Diaper rash, (aka diaper dermatitis) is a skin rash localized to the area usually covered by the diaper. It can have many causes including infections (yeast, bacterial or viral), friction irritation, chemical allergies (perfumes, soaps), sweat and plugging of sweat glands.

Yeast diaper rash is due to a yeast formerly called Monilia and now called Candida. This organism is part of the microbial flora normally found in various parts of the body and ordinarily does not cause symptoms. Certain conditions, such as antibiotic use or excessive moisture, can upset the balance of microbes and allow an overgrowth of Candida. Candida may exacerbate diaper rash and make it much worse, as this yeast grows very readily on damaged skin. The infected skin is usually fiery red with areas that may have a raised red border. Treatment usually requires topical antibiotic cream containing Nystatin, an antibiotic specific to yeast.

Prevention of diaper rash is accomplished by regular diaper changes which, in the case of bowel movement, should be immediate.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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