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Diaper Dermatitis Overview

Another name for Diaper Dermatitis is Diaper Rash.

What is diaper rash?
An infant with diaper rash has irritation to the skin covered by the diaper, caused by constant exposure to urine and stool. Other causes of diaper rash include fungal skin infection, impetigo, and allergic dermatitis. Diaper rashes are very common and most respond well to home care.

What are the symptoms of diaper rash?
Symptoms of diaper rash include a pink to red rash in the diaper area that is usually worse in the skin folds.

How does the doctor treat diaper rash?
Treatment for diaper rash may include gentle skin cleansing and topical antifungal creams.

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Last Updated: Sep 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Diaper Dermatitis References
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