Diaper candidiasis



An infection by Candida species of the child's skin that comes in contact with a diaper. The infection is characterized by skin rashes and erythema in the diaper area but generally not including the skin folds.


The infection could arise if the skin is always kept warm, moist, and acidic (in cases of diarrhea). These conditions encourage rapid growth of Candida species (especially Candida albicans) leading to infection.

Note: Although some references consider candidosis as the more correct technical name for this condition other references use the term candidiasis synonymously with candidosis.


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