Diaper rashes caused by infection with a yeast (fungus) called candida are very common in children. Candida grows best in warm, moist places, such as under a diaper. Candida diaper rash is more likely to occur in babies who: Are not kept clean and dry.
What causes a yeast rash?
Yeast Infections. Yeast infections of the skin are called cutaneous candidiasis and are caused by yeast-like fungi called candida. They occur when yeast on the skin grows more actively and causes a red, scaling, itchy rash on the skin.
11 Best Diaper Rash Creams
- Burt's Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment.
- Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment.
- Triple Paste.
- Earth Mama Angel Bottom Balm.
- Babyganics Diaper Rash Cream.
- Boudreaux's Butt Paste.
- Desitin Rapid Relief.
- Weleda Sensitive Care Diaper Cream.
- Change diapers often.
- Rinse your baby's bottom with warm water as part of each diaper change.
- Gently pat the skin dry with a clean towel or let it air dry.
- Don't overtighten diapers.
- Give your baby's bottom more time without a diaper.
- Consider using ointment regularly.
Depending on the cause of the rash, antihistamines may be recommended to decrease itching. Antibiotics may be prescribed if there is a bacterial infection. The provider may prescribe a cream for diaper rash caused by yeast. If the rash is severe and not caused by yeast, a corticosteroid cream may be recommended.
Regular diaper barrier creams or ointments won't help. Instead, the doctor may recommend using one or both of these: A topical anti-yeast or antifungal cream, such as nystatin, clotrimazole, or miconazole. A mild corticosteroid cream.
Nystatin (Mycostatin), clotrimazole (Lotrimin), and miconazole (Micatin, Monistat-Derm) are topical over-the-counter (nonprescription) treatments of equal strength for treating Candida diaper dermatitis.
Nystatin is an antifungal medication. Nystatin prevents fungus from growing on your skin. Nystatin topical (for the skin) is used to treat skin infections caused by yeast. Nystatin topical is not for use to treat a vaginal yeast infection.
Q: My 4-month-old baby has a rash on her neck that was diagnosed and treated as a yeast infection, but it seems to be spreading. A: Neck rashes are very common in young babies because they have lots of little folds of skin that rub together, creating heat and friction and trapping sweat.
Vaginal yeast infection symptoms commonly include: Itching in the vaginal area and around the vulva (the opening of the vagina) Swelling of the vulva. White or gray vaginal discharge that may be thick (sometimes described as looking like cottage cheese) but does not have a bad smell.
Tips to Treat a Diaper Rash
- Wash your hands before and after every diaper change.
- Check your baby's diaper often, and change it as soon as it becomes wet or soiled.
- Use plain water.
- Gently pat the area clean and dry, rather than rubbing.
- If you use wipes, choose mild ones.
Oral thrush is caused by the overgrowth of a yeast (a type of fungus) called Candida albicans. Most people (including infants) naturally have Candida in their mouths and digestive tracts, which is considered normal growth. Babies can have oral thrush and a diaper rash at the same time.
Although uncommon, men can get a yeast infection by having unprotected sex with a woman with candidal vaginitis. It usually appears as small white spots, redness, or a dry, peeling rash on the penis accompanied by itching, irritation, or burning. Men who have not been circumcised are at an increased risk.
Diaper rash. Diaper rash usually isn't contagious, but sometimes it is. When it's caused by a fungal or bacterial infection, it can spread to other areas of your child's body or other people. Use good hygiene to stop the spread of infection.
Yes, men can get yeast infections, too, which can lead to a condition known as balanitis — inflammation of the head of the penis. When some contributing factor — such as having sex with a female partner who has a vaginal yeast infection — causes an overgrowth of candida, infection can result.
If your symptoms are mild, you can wait to see if they go away on their own. You can see your doctor to confirm that you have a yeast infection. If you do, you can treat it with over-the-counter medicine or a pill that your doctor prescribes.
But moderate to severe infections may take one to two weeks to clear. Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments and home remedies are often effective for mild infections, but they aren't as powerful as prescription options. If you have a severe yeast infection, you may experience symptoms longer if you use a milder treatment.
Natural Remedies for Vaginal Yeast Infections
- Yogurt and probiotics.
- Boric acid.
- Tea tree oil.
- Douching (especially with vinegar)