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Protect Your Baby & Avoid a Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is a condition that occurs commonly in babies and is characterized by the presence of red, inflamed skin on the buttocks, thighs, and genitals. It can also occur for adults.

Symptoms of Diaper Rash

Babies with diaper rash typically present with bright red blotches that appear to be tender and painful. Scale-like patches of skin may also appear on the genital area. Babies suffering from diaper rash are likely to appear uncomfortable. They may be fussy and cry more than usual when the area is touched, especially while being washed or changed.

Diaper Rash Causes

Diaper rash thrives in warm, moist environments. The condition is likely to develop when diapers are not changed frequently enough and the skin is exposed to wet or soiled material for a prolonged period of time. If diapers or clothing are too tight, it may cause chafing that leads to the development of diaper rash. The use of new products such as a different brand of diaper, wipe, laundry detergent, or lotion may also cause irritation that can lead to the condition.
Bacterial or fungal infections can easily spread to the area covered by a diaper, and babies with skin conditions like atopic dermatitis or eczema may be more likely to suffer from diaper rash. As babies get used to eating solid foods, changes in stools may make them more vulnerable to developing the condition. The use of antibiotics can cause diarrhea and increase the likelihood of the development of a yeast-related rash.

Treatment of Diaper Rash

The presence of diaper rash can be concerning for parents and cause significant discomfort to affected babies. Fortunately, the condition is easily treatable. Diapers should be changed frequently and babies should be allowed to air dry whenever possible. Topical ointments, which are available at our pharmacy, are very helpful in treating diaper rash symptoms.
We offer the following medications for the treatment of diaper rash in both babies and adults.

Medications to Treat Diaper Rash

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Zinc Oxide Cream
  • Desitin
  • A and D ointment
  • Nystop
  • “Butt Paste”

Compounded Medications: We can make creams, lotions, gels or ointments with the following:

  • Nystatin
  • Clotrimazole
  • Miconazole
  • Calamine
  • Menthol
  • Zinc Oxide
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Cholestyramine
  • Aloe Vera
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