Nappy nasties

Dr Maureen Rogers explores some less common forms of the condition

The common napkin rash is a primary irritant dermatitis occurring as a result of irritation from urine and faeces.


Miliaria, or sweat duct occlusion, as a result of the occlusive effect of disposable diapers may be superimposed, as may candida.

These common napkin rashes usually respond well to twice daily use of a weak hydrocortisone cream and an antifungal agent, frequent application of a barrier cream, and regular changing of the nappy.

Common nappy rash needs to be distinguished from the variety of other rashes that present in this area.

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