Doctor's Notes on Diaper Rash (Candida Yeast Infection)
A yeast infection diaper rash is a type of diaper rash caused by infection with a fungus or yeast, typically Candida albicans. Most cases of diaper rash are not caused by an infection but are related to the acidity of urine and stool and chronic wetness.
Signs and symptoms of yeast infection diaper rash may include:
- softening and breakdown of the skin around the anal opening and
- a rash with redness, swelling, and small raised red bumps at the edge of the rash.
These small bumps at the edge of the rash are called satellite pustules and are characteristic of yeast infection. The rash may appear on the buttocks and skin around the anus, thighs, genitals, and abdomen. Rash in the skin folds is another characteristic of yeast diaper rash.
What Is the Treatment for Diaper Rash?
Treatment for diaper rash involves the following steps:
- Frequently changing dirty diapers as soon as they are wet
- Letting the child go diaper-free when possible
- Cleaning the area gently with alcohol- and fragrance-free products
- Applying zinc oxide creams such as over-the-counter diaper rash products
- Applying antifungal creams for yeast infection diaper rash
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