Therapy In Practice

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp 273-281

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Diaper Dermatitis

A Review and Brief Survey of Eruptions of the Diaper Area
  • Noah ScheinfeldAffiliated withDepartment of Dermatology, St Lukes Roosevelt Hospital Center Email author 

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Eruptions in the diaper area are the most common dermatologic problem in infancy. Such eruptions can be subdivided into primary diaper dermatitis, an acute inflammation of the skin in the diaper area with an ill-defined and multifactorial etiology, and secondary diaper dermatitis, a term which encompasses eruptions in the diaper area with defined etiologies. The most important factors in the development of primary diaper dermatitis are: (i) water/moisture, (ii) friction, (iii) urine, (iv) feces, and (v) microorganisms (sometimes). Possible treatments include minimizing diaper use and using disposable diapers, barrier creams, mild topical cortisones, and antifungal agents. A variety of other inflammatory and infectious processes can occur in the diaper area and an awareness of these secondary types of diaper dermatitis aids in the accurate diagnosis and treatment of patients.