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    Understanding Diaper Rash -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms of Diaper Rash?

    The symptoms of diaper rash include:

    • Redness over the diaper area -- around the genitals, buttocks, and thighs
    • Increased discomfort, especially at diaper-changing time
    • Tight, papery skin or skin that is shiny and bright red
    • A strong smell of ammonia
    • In boys, an inflamed penis

    Understanding Diaper Rash

    Find out more about diaper rash:

    Basics

    Symptoms

    Treatment

    Call Your Doctor About Diaper Rash if:

    • You see no improvement after four days of home treatment or anytime it seems to be getting worse rather than better. It's possible your child may have developed a strep or staph infection or a local reaction to a particular lotion, soap, or laundry detergent.
    • You see white patches inside the mouth that appear red after being wiped with a clean cloth. Your child may have a yeast infection called thrush, or candidiasis.
    • The rash is scaly and has a yellowish hue and appears not only in the diaper area but elsewhere on the body, such as behind the ears or under the arms. Your child may have seborrheic dermatitis.
    • The diaper area is covered with blisters that leave shallow red sores. Your child may have impetigo, which requires treatment with antibiotics.
    • Your son's penis is swollen and red and you can't retract the foreskin, or you notice a greenish discharge from the penis. Your child may have a painful condition called balanitis, which requires antibiotics.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on February 26, 2015

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