What is diaper dermatitis?

Updated: Oct 16, 2020
  • Author: Ruchir Agrawal, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Diaper dermatitis is caused by overhydration of the skin, maceration, prolonged contact with urine and feces, retained diaper soaps, and topical preparations and is a prototypical example of irritant contact dermatitis. [1, 2] Signs and symptoms are restricted in most individuals to the area covered by diapers. [3, 4]

The photograph below depicts a 3-week-old female neonate with diaper rash.

A 3-week-old female infant with diaper rash. Satel A 3-week-old female infant with diaper rash. Satellite lesions can be observed. The patient was diagnosed clinically with candidal dermatitis and successfully treated with nystatin ointment.

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