Diaper Rash Glossary of Terms

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Allergen: A substance that can cause an allergic reaction. Common allergens include ragwee...

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Allergic reaction: The hypersensitive response of the immune system of an allergic indiv...

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Allergy: A misguided reaction to foreign substances by the immune system, the body system ...

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Antifungal: A medication that limits or prevents the growth of yeasts and other fungal org...

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Atopic: A predisposition toward developing certain allergic hypersensitivity reactions. At...

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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Bowel: The small and large intestine.

Candidiasis: Disease caused by the yeast Candida albicans. Candida albicans can cause vagi...

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Dermatitis: Inflammation of the skin, either due to direct contact with an irritating sub...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Diaper rash: An inflammatory reaction localized to the area of skin usually covered by the...

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Diarrhea: A common condition that involves unusually frequent and liquid bowel movements. ...

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Eczema: A particular type of inflammatory reaction of the skin in which there are typicall...

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Feces: The excrement discharged from the 'intestines.

Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degr...

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Fungal: Pertaining to a fungus. For example, a fungal skin infection.

Genital: Pertaining to the external and/or internal organs of reproduction.

Impetigo: A skin infection caused by the staphylococcus or, less often, by the streptococc...

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Incontinent: Unable to control excretions, to hold urine in the bladder, or to keep feces ...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Mouth: 1. The upper opening of the digestive tract, beginning with the lips and con...

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Neck: The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders. Also, any narrow or constric...

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Ointment: An oil-based preparation that is applied to the skin. Whereas an ointment has an...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Rash: Breaking out (eruption) of the skin. A rash can be caused by an underlying medical c...

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Seborrhea: A chronic inflammatory disease of the skin characterized by the accumulation of...

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Steroid: One of a large group of chemical substances classified by a specific carbon struc...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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Thrush: Yeast infection of the mouth and throat, characterized by patches of white, caused...

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Topical: Pertaining to a particular surface area. For example, a topical agent is applied ...

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Urine: Liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine is a clear, transparent fluid that norm...

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Yeast infection: Overgrowth of yeast can affect the skin (yeast rash), mouth (thrush), di...

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Zinc: A mineral that is essential to the body and is a constituent of many enzymes that pe...

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Zinc oxide: A form of zinc that has antispasmodic qualities.

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