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Rashes Caused by Candida Infections

Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by Candida, a yeast. There are over 20 species of Candida yeasts, but the one that most commonly causes infections is called Candida albicans. It’s found in the digestive tract, genital area, and on the surface of your skin.

Thanks to the fungi-fighting bacteria in your body and your immune system, this type of Candida normally doesn’t cause problems. But when it overgrows, it can cause infections and yeast rashes.

When the infection is on your skin, it’s called cutaneous (skin) candidiasis, aka a yeast infection on the skin.

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Common Types

Candida yeasts set up residence in a number of different areas of the body, especially those that are warm, dark, and moist. They include:

  • Skin folds, such as under the breasts and buttocks and in the navel
  • In and around the vagina
  • On and around the penis
  • In the mouth and around the outside corners of the lips
  • In the nail beds, particularly toenails that spend a lot of time covered by sweaty socks
  • In the digestive tract

When Candida yeast is allowed to grow unabated, it can cause a number of infections and rashes, including:

Vaginal Yeast Infection

Vaginal yeast infections (vaginal candidiasis) are fairly common, affecting about 1 million women in the United States every year. They are most prevalent in women 20 to 40 years of age.

Symptoms include a red, itchy vagina and vulva (the outer area of the vagina), a burning sensation while urinating, and—in about 10% of cases—an odorless, whitish discharge from the vagina that may look similar to cottage cheese.

Diaper Rash

Along with irritants like stool, urine, and detergents/soaps, yeast can be a common cause of diaper rash.

A yeast diaper rash is bright red and inflamed, often with patches that ooze and weep. It’s commonly bordered by red, raised, pimple-like bumps. It is worse in skin folds that have limited ventilation, such as under the buttocks.

Candidal Paronychia

This is a yeast infection affecting the skin around the fingernails and toenails. When the skin around the nail beds is irritated—because of nail biting, for example—yeast can gain entry and set up residence.

Skin will be red and itchy. Left untreated, this cutaneous candidiasis may break down the cuticle and cause the nail to eventually harden, separate from the skin, and fall off.

Balanitis

Balanitis is an inflammation of the head of the penis and is most common in uncircumcised men and boys. It affects up to 10% of males at some point in their lives.

Most cases of balanitis are caused by yeast. The dark, moist environment under the foreskin of the penis (which is left intact in uncircumcised males) provides the perfect place for Candida to live and multiply.

In addition to inflammation around the tip of the penis, balanitis causes the head of the penis to be itchy and red and can make urinating painful. There may also be a white, smelly discharge from under the foreskin.

Less Common Types

Intertrigo is inflammation of the skin folds, seen where skin rubs against skin, especially in the presence of moisture. This can lead to overgrowth or infection of the area by bacteria or fungus, including Candida. The red rash might be seen in the groin, armpits, under the belly or breasts, buttocks, neck creases, or between the toes.

While the following fungal skin infections are most often caused by dermatophytes (fungi that feed off keratin, the building blocks of skin, hair, and nails), it is possible for an overgrowth of Candida to produce these conditions:

  • Athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis, most commonly appears on the side of the foot and in between the toes. This rash is typically red, scaly, itchy, and burning.
  • Jock itch is an infection common in athletes. It flourishes in people who wear damp, sweaty clothing and in moist locker room environments. It causes a red, raised, scaly, itchy, and oozing rash that can cover the penis, scrotum, inner thighs, and anal area.

Causes and Risk Factors

What makes naturally occurring Candida overgrow and cause a yeast infection on the skin? 

Diabetes

People with diabetes are prone to yeast infections and the rashes that come with them. That’s because yeast thrive on sugar. The higher the sugar content of your urine, sweat, and other secretions, the more opportunity for yeast to flourish on your skin.

Diabetes can also suppress your immune system, making it more likely your body won’t be able to adequately fight off an infection, whether it’s from yeast, bacteria, or a virus. This makes it particularly important to get diabetes under control.

Hormonal Imbalances

The hormone estrogen, which is higher in females, can stimulate the growth of Candida. As such, people who are experiencing surges in estrogen can get more Candida yeast infections, particularly vaginal yeast infections. People with high estrogen levels may include:

Antibiotic Use

In addition to killing off disease-causing bacteria, some antibiotics can also kill off the “good” bacteria that keep yeast levels in check. Taking broad-spectrum antibiotics may increase this risk in some people.

Reducing Your Risk of Candidiasis When Taking Antibiotics

Taking antibiotics may put you at risk of candidiasis because antibiotics kill the bacteria that normally reside on the body. Steps to offset this risk may include:

  • Talk to your doctor. In addition to an antibiotic, your healthcare professional may prescribe an oral antifungal medication to keep yeast in check if you are at increased risk of invasive candidiasis.
  • Keep skin clean and dry.
  • Ask your doctor about using probiotics or eating yogurt containing Lactobacillus acidophilus to help replenish the good bacteria that antibiotics can wipe out. Some small studies have shown promising results.

Compromised Immune System

People with weakened immune systems—because of things like having HIV, undergoing chemotherapy, using certain steroid drugs, or having recently been sick—are at increased risk of candidiasis.

When your body’s immune system isn’t working properly, it can’t properly regulate and fight against invading bacteria and fungi. As a result, yeast may multiply and grow unchecked, causing infections and skin rashes. 

Excess Weight

Besides having an increased risk of diabetes, individuals who are overweight or obese can have more skin folds. These dark and often moist crevices provide the perfect breeding ground for yeast.

Diagnosis

A healthcare professional will examine your skin and ask about your symptoms. A small section of skin may be scraped away (or in the case of a vaginal infection, vaginal fluid will be removed) and examined under a microscope or sent to a lab to be cultured.

Treatment

Treating the yeast infection will, in turn, help treat the yeast rash. Your doctor may recommend an over-the-counter (available without a prescription) antifungal cream, ointment, powder, or suppository (for vaginal yeast).

For more severe cases, your doctor may prescribe stronger antifungals. For candidiasis that occurs in the mouth (thrush), your doctor may recommend an antifungal mouthwash.

Home Remedies

Antifungals are the gold standard when it comes to treating skin yeast infections. But they’re not the only weapon in the arsenal. Some others include:

  • Essential oils: Some research shows that certain essential oils, including mint and lavender, can stop vaginal growth of Candida albicans better than some antifungals (talk to your doctor about the risks before using).
  • Diet: Eat a balanced diet, including not overdoing added sugars in drinks and foods. If you have diabetes, maintain good blood sugar control.
  • Environment: Avoid situations that create hot, moist environments on your skin and skin folds, such as sitting in a hot tub.
  • Refraining from douching: Douches can disrupt the balance of good and bad bacteria in the vagina.
  • Coconut oil: At least one study showed that coconut oil has antifungal properties and may be even better than probiotics at reducing levels of Candida albicans.


It’s important to keep using your medicine as directed, even if the rash disappears. Yeast rashes generally clear up in a few days to a few weeks.

One thing you shouldn’t do is use an anti-itch cream containing steroids on the rash. Some of these products can actually make the infection worse. Talk to your healthcare professional first.

Complications

While uncomfortable and sometimes unsightly, most yeast infections of the skin are not serious.

In some cases, however, a Candida infection can get into the body, infecting the bloodstream and bones as well as internal organs, such as the heart and brain. This serious, sometimes life-threatening infection is called invasive, or systemic, candidiasis.

It’s most often seen in people with weakened immune systems and in those who have been hospitalized or who have recently had surgery and other invasive medical procedures, particularly those who:

  • Have been in the intensive care unit
  • Have catheters or receive nourishment through a vein
  • Have received a lot of antibiotics
  • Have had abdominal surgeries
  • Are on hemodialysis (a treatment for filtering waste from the blood)

Get immediate medical help if the rash:

  • Develops suddenly
  • Covers a lot of your body
  • Is painful or blistered
  • Is accompanied by a fever

Prevention

Skin that’s clean and dry is less likely to develop a yeast rash. Other tips for preventing cutaneous candidiasis include:

  • Change socks frequently.
  • Wear breathable shoes.
  • Don’t share shoes, socks, unwashed clothing, or towels. While not typical, a Candida infection can be contagious, especially if you have risk factors.
  • Promptly change out of wet bathing suits or sweaty clothes.
  • Sprinkle a drying powder in skin folds.
  • Keep nails short, and use separate nail clippers for your healthy and unhealthy nails.

A Word From Verywell

Fungi like yeast are all around us. Normally we coexist perfectly well. But under certain situations, the yeast can grow out of control and cause infections.

Most of these skin infections are nothing to be alarmed about—they can be treated effectively with antifungal medications and go away in days to weeks. If you think you have a Candida infection or rash, see your healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment.

Baby Rashes: Types, Symptoms & More

Practically every parent knows that babies have very sensitive skin, making them more prone to rashes than adults and older kids. But what you may not know is exactly what that baby rash is, what’s causing it or how to treat it. Seeing a red or bumpy reaction on baby’s skin can be alarming for parents, likely conjuring up questions for you like, is baby uncomfortable? Are they itchy or in pain? And how exactly do you know if baby has a harmless diaper rash or something more serious?

Because there are so many different kinds of baby rashes, it’s important to know what symptoms to look out for and when to be concerned. To help you better identify a baby rash on the body, we’ve provided a handy guide to all things rashes. Read on as we break down the common types of baby rash, tell-tale signs and symptoms, and what the best remedies are.

When it comes to baby rashes, there are many types and many culprits. Some common causes include:

• Irritants. Common irritants that can bother baby’s sensitive skin are saliva and drool, poop, baby wipes, detergents, soaps, sunscreen and nickel.

• Allergies. Allergic reactions can cause a baby rash to appear in a bunch of different forms. Rashes can be itchy, welt-like hives or dry, itchy patches. Eczema is the most common version of a baby rash caused by allergies.

• Infections. Infections can lead to different types of baby rash, the most common of which are fungal rashes. Sometimes, however, a viral baby rash can develop. “These rashes occur when babies have specific viral illnesses and may be associated with fever or other symptoms,” says Anna Bender, MD, a pediatric dermatologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian. A viral baby rash can appear as small dots on the torso and sometimes arms and legs, and can last for several days to a week. It may spread for a few days and then begin to clear up.

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“Baby’s skin barrier is especially fragile because it’s thinner, immature and the skin is still developing, so that makes it a lot more vulnerable to damage and dryness. It’s also more reactive, especially to things that could be irritants,” explains Lauren R. Crosby, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician at LaPeer Pediatrics in Beverly Hills, California. Baby’s skin is typically ultra-sensitive from birth until around age 2, although diaper rash can continue to rear its head past that age until kids are potty trained.

In our guide below, we outline the different ways baby rashes look and behave. Keep reading for the most common types of baby rash to keep an eye out for, plus how to prevent and treat them. From heat rashes to chicken pox, we help make sense of any bumps or blotches you may find on baby.

Breakouts aren’t just for teenagers—it’s actually totally normal for babies to get acne. “Also known as neonatal acne, it’s a common rash in babies during the first month of life,” Bender says. “It’s thought that maternal hormones—those that pass from mother to baby in utero—may cause baby acne to flare.”

But how can you tell if it’s baby acne or a baby rash? Baby acne typically looks like a bunch of small, red bumps, as opposed to the lacy red of a baby rash.

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Baby acne symptoms

• Pimples. Baby acne usually involves clusters of tiny red pimples and whiteheads.
• Irritated cheeks. Baby acne usually develops on the cheeks, but it can also appear on baby’s nose, forehead and sometimes behind the ears and on the scalp.
• Persistent symptoms. Baby acne can last up to three to four months.

Prevention and treatment

Usually, baby acne clears up on its own with gentle cleansing. Once in a while parents might need to see a dermatologist if it’s persisting beyond the normal three to four months, but that’s pretty rare.

Baby heat rash tends to happen when baby’s sweat glands become blocked and trap sweat under the skin, Crosby says. It’s usually seen in warm weather or when baby is overdressed. How do you know if the baby rash is caused by heat?

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Heat rash symptoms

• Tiny red bumps. These typically appear on baby’s head, neck and shoulders, and sometimes on the chest.
• Itching. Sometimes heat rash can be itchy, so take note if baby is scratching at their irritated skin.

Prevention and treatment

To prevent baby heat rash, dress baby in lighter clothing to make sure they aren’t getting overheated or sweaty. In warm climates, it’s fine to let them sleep in just a onesie and diaper, and run a fan in the bedroom to keep the air cool and circulating. When baby heat rash does strike, “I recommend a daily bath with a non-fragrant sensitive skin cleanser to help clear out the sweat and keep the skin clear,” Crosby says. A baby rash from heat usually goes away on its own in three to four days, as long as baby isn’t overdressed and stays in a cool environment.

It’s pretty self-explanatory where you can expect to see this baby rash. “ Diaper rash can occur due to irritation from wet diapers and friction,” Bender says. Baby diaper rash is even more common in older babies who sleep through the night longer and may have wetter diapers in the morning.

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Diaper rash symptoms

• Red patches. These typically appear on the rounded part of baby’s bottom.
• Puffy, warm skin. In some cases, baby’s skin may be slightly raised and feel warm to the touch.

Prevention and treatment

“Diaper rash can improve with frequent diaper changes and use of over-the-counter diaper paste containing zinc oxide, which helps in acting as a barrier to prevent friction and irritation in the diaper area,” Bender says. Ward off baby diaper rash by making sure the skin is completely dry before you put on a fresh diaper. In the past, baby powder was the go-to trick for absorbing moisture and protecting baby’s skin, but doctors no longer recommend using powder for diaper rash, since inhaled powder can irritate baby’s lungs.

Sometimes a rash on baby’s butt can actually be a yeast rash caused by fungus that lives on our skin.

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Yeast rash symptoms

• Pink patches. These patches usually appear in baby’s skin folds, accompanied by small pink dots or pustules around the edge.

Prevention and treatment

To treat a baby yeast rash, apply a topical, over-the-counter antifungal cream a few times a day. Prevent yeast rash by keeping baby clean and dry.

Meningitis is when the lining around the brain and spinal cord (the meninges) is inflamed, and “is a serious infection because it can be present in the blood and brain and cause organ damage, permanent brain damage or death,” Bender says.

While the viral form of meningitis is serious, it’s almost never life-threatening, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Bacterial meningitis, however, can be deadly and calls for immediate medical attention. There’s a vaccine for bacterial meningitis, but it typically isn’t given until later in childhood or before college. You can’t tell the difference between a baby rash caused by bacterial or viral meningitis, and in many cases a rash won’t appear at all.

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Meningitis symptoms

• High fever. Take baby’s temperature, since a high fever is a classic sign of meningitis.
• Lethargy. If baby is less active than usual, it could be another signal of meningitis.
• Vomiting. This symptom is more common in infants, along with a loss of appetite and irritability.
• Rashes. Meningitis rashes can vary in appearance, but the most common ones include pink or red dots all over, purple rashes that can look like tiny bruises or broken capillaries in the skin, and an itchy, red rash.

Prevention and treatment

Viral meningitis usually clears up on its own in seven to 10 days, but bacterial meningitis requires immediate medical attention so antibiotics can be given as soon as possible. Serious cases may call for hospitalization. If you think baby might have meningitis, call your doctor right away—she can determine if baby has the disease and the type of meningitis.

A strep rash on baby is another type of viral baby rash. Your child is more prone to strep rash if other family members have been exposed to strep throat.

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Strep rash symptoms

• Bright red skin. Strep rash on baby can be bright red and beefy-looking with wet, oozing patches in neck folds, or as a bright red circle patch in the area around baby’s anus, Bender says.
• Blisters and scabbing. Spotting scabs and blisters on baby’s skin is another common sign of strep.

Prevention and treatment

Since strep can spread from person to person through close contact, keep baby away from infected people. Unlike your run-of-the-mill neck rash, which can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal creams, strep requires a visit to the doctor. Once the diagnosis of strep rash is confirmed—typically with a skin swab test—your pediatrician may prescribe an oral antibiotic as treatment.

Chicken pox appears as a baby rash on the body. Before the chicken pox—or varicella—vaccine became available in 1995, practically every child came down with chicken pox before age 9, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Nowadays, it’s pretty rare for babies to get chicken pox, thanks to the vaccine. It’s a super-contagious viral infection caused by the varicella zoster virus, so avoid contact with infected people to keep baby safe.

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Chicken pox symptoms

• Red bumps and blisters. Chicken pox causes a blister-like baby rash on the skin, starting on the back, tummy or face and spreading all over baby’s body. The blisters are often in different stages of healing, so some may look like pink bumps, some look like scabbed bumps and others may look like blisters.
• Itchiness. Chicken pox rashes are renowned for their intense itchiness.
• Fever. A temperature of 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit is common with chicken pox.

Prevention and treatment

Doctors recommend daily baths and keeping baby’s nails short so they can’t scratch and dig into their skin, which could cause a secondary infection. Typically, the course of treatment for chicken pox is to wait it out—it can last five to seven days—but in severe cases (which aren’t common), an antiviral medication may be prescribed. To prevent chicken pox, the APP recommends that healthy babies get the first dose of the vaccine between 12 and 15 months old, followed by a second dose at age 4 to 6.

Noticing a baby rash on your little one’s face? When babies’ saliva glands turn on, usually around 3 or 4 months of age, they start to drool. A lot. “If you think about it, saliva is part of your digestive track,” Crosby says. “It’s not just water, so it’s irritating.

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Baby drool rash symptoms

• A red, irritated baby rash on the face. Because the skin around baby’s mouth, chin and neck is constantly wet, these areas are especially prone to drool rash.
• Flaking skin. Baby rash from drool can also appear slightly flaky and dry-looking.

Prevention and treatment

One way to prevent and heal a baby rash caused by drool? Have a soft bib handy to keep the skin on baby’s face and chest dry. Apply a gentle over-the-counter ointment before and after meals as a barrier to prevent saliva from touching the skin, so baby’s drool rash can heal underneath it.

Eczema, often-chronic red, dry patches of skin, is one of the most common skin disorders in babies—in fact, 60 percent of infants get eczema in the first year of life. “Sometimes babies scratch so much, it can lead to bleeding and can interfere with sleep,” Bender says. “Babies with eczema often scratch more in the evening when they’re put to bed or at night when they aren’t distracted by other activities. ” Eczema can get infected if not treated, leading to scabbing and oozing skin spots.

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Baby eczema symptoms

• Itchiness. The more severe baby’s eczema is, the more itchy the rash. • Dry skin patches. This is a common sign of mild eczema.
• Pinker patches of dry, flaky skin. This signifies a moderate case of eczema.
• Red, flaky patches of skin. If baby’s skin is a darker red, it signifies severe eczema, which usually comes with worsened symptoms and intense itchiness across more of the body.

Prevention and treatment

Keeping baby’s skin well moisturized with a daily application of a thick cream can prevent the onset of eczema in infants who are at higher risk for the condition—aka those who have a strong family history of eczema or eczema-related diseases. A mild case of this baby rash can sometimes be treated with just moisturizer, while moderate eczema may need a cortisone cream or ointment to treat it. Severe eczema is treated with over-the-counter products.

“Hives can occur soon after baby eats something they’re allergic to or if baby is fighting a virus, in which case the hives may last for several days off and on,” Bender says. They can appear anywhere on the body, even if caused by food. If the baby rash is sparked by something your child touched, it usually appears on the part of baby’s body that came in contact with the allergen. If hives are accompanied by wheezing or if baby’s mouth or tongue starts to swell, see a doctor immediately.

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Hive symptoms

• Pink, blotchy welts. These welts can come and go on baby’s skin.
• Itching. Hive welts are often very itchy.

Prevention and treatment

An oral antihistamine, such as Benadryl, can help treat hives. For a more natural remedy, try dabbing calamine lotion on the welts to soothe hives.

As you expose baby to new products, foods and materials, there’s always a small chance they could be allergic to a certain ingredient or chemical. These rashes can be caused by food or medication that baby’s allergic to, or when baby’s skin comes into contact with an irritant, Crosby says.

So what does an allergy rash look like on a baby? A baby allergy rash can manifest in different ways, but the two most common signs are hives and eczema. As mentioned above, hives usually show up as pink blotchy welts, while eczema appears as red, dry, flaky patches. Both rashes are itchy.

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Allergy symptoms

If you notice the following symptoms, take baby to the ER:

• Swelling of the lips or face. If baby’s lips or face become swollen, it’s a sign of a severe allergic reaction and should be treated by a doctor immediately.
• Wheezing. Any sign of difficulty breathing is a red flag.

Prevention and treatment

“Treatment depends on the age of the child and what is triggering it,” Crosby says. “You want to remove the allergen or trigger if you can, and use a topical or oral allergy medicine. ” Sometimes a blood or skin test might be needed to figure out what baby is having an allergic reaction to, and then a baby rash treatment can be prescribed.

A fungal baby rash is often caused by chronically wet or irritated skin. A yeast infection is the most common type of fungal rash. It can also appear in babies if another family member or family pet has ringworm.

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Fungal rash symptoms

• Pink, ring-like flaking patches of skin. These flaky patches can pop up anywhere on the skin, including the scalp and diaper area.

Prevention and treatment

“A fungal rash needs a special antifungal cream, or if it’s on the scalp and hair, it may need an oral antifungal medication,” Bender says. To prevent fungal baby rash, keep the skin clean and dry.

Essentially dandruff for babies, cradle cap is relatively common and typically caused by yeast. This type of baby rash usually shows up in the first month of life but can occur any time, Crosby says.

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Cradle cap symptoms

• Flaky skin. Rough, yellowish or pink crustry or oily scaly patches on the scalp are a classic sign of this type of baby rash.
•A slight oily scent. This results from the buildup of oil on baby’s scalp in moderate to severe cases.

Prevention and treatment

Most cases of cradle cap can be treated with regular shampooing and a soft scalp brush to loosen the flakes. If that doesn’t cut it, your pediatrician may recommend a medicated shampoo.

In general, the trick to preventing baby rash is keeping your child’s skin healthy. It’s best to keep baths to 10 minutes or less and use lukewarm water, since “during a bath, skin can really lose moisture, and babies are much more prone to getting dry skin,” Crosby says. Hydrating baby’s skin regularly is crucial. The best time to apply lotion? The first five minutes after a bath, to lock in moisture. “The skin is the largest organ in the body and it’s there to protect us from the elements and infections,” Crosby says. “The importance of really caring for it from infancy through adulthood can’t be stressed enough.”

Do baby’s lumps or bumps not line up with any of those listed in this guide? Baby can also develop a rash as a result of bug bites, sunburns, poison ivy and even dry skin. If you’re still not sure about baby’s rash, don’t hesitate to give your pediatrician a call or schedule an appointment.

When to Be Concerned About Baby Rashes

Now that you are familiar with some of the most common kinds of baby rashes, you’re probably wondering, “when should I be concerned about my baby’s rash?”

The truth is, many baby rashes are harmless, and some will come and go on their own without any medical treatment. The other good news is that there are vaccinations to prevent many serious rashes from developing in the first place.

With that said, there are some signs you should keep an eye out for when you notice a baby rash on the body. Some baby rashes can indicate a potentially grave condition, particularly if the rash is persistent or if baby is experiencing swelling or wheezing.

Contact a doctor if baby experiences any of the following:

  • If there is pain at the site of the rash
  • If baby runs a fever
  • If the rash develops bruise-like lesions
  • If the rash oozes, bleeds or blisters
  • If the rash continues to spread across baby’s body
  • If baby develops any cold symptoms (coughing, wheezing, etc.)
  • If baby has swollen neck glands or swollen lips
  • If the baby rash doesn’t go away after two days

It’s true babies tend to get rashes left and right, but that doesn’t mean you should shrug them off as nothing. Whenever you notice a baby rash on their face or body, keep a watchful eye on it and look out for other symptoms. When it comes to baby’s health, it’s always best to be precautious and proactive.

Anna Bender, MD, is a pediatric dermatologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian. She earned her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2007. After completing her residency training in dermatology at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center, Bender completed an additional year of specialized fellowship training in pediatric dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Lauren R. Crosby, MD, FAAP, is a parenting expert and pediatrician at LaPeer Pediatrics in Beverly Hills, California. She earned her medical degree at UCLA School of Medicine and afterwards trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, during which time she served as chief resident. She is a member and official spokesperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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Antibacterial ointments

These medicines help to neutralize the fungus. They are applied to dry and clean skin.

  • Clotrimazole – is used to eliminate the activity of the fungus in the body. Used to treat adults, children, pregnant women. To effectively get rid of candidiasis, treatment will be required for 4-5 months.The remedy is applied for one more month after the symptoms of the disease disappear, so that there is no relapse.
  • Triderm – mycosis ointment. It contains gentamicin, dipropionate, clotrimazole, betamethasone. The tool is endowed with antibacterial, fungus-destroying, anti-inflammatory, vasoconstrictor and antipruritic effects. With the help of this medicine, pityriasis versicolor, acute weeping inflammations, is treated. Apply the cream in a thin layer to the painful area surrounding the tissue in the morning, at night.Not suitable for children 2 years of age. You cannot apply it to wounds. Pregnant women should use this cream with caution.
  • Terbinafine. The medicine has a characteristic odor. The active substance is terbinafine hydrochloride, which acts on the fungus trichophyton, candida, microsporum, epidermophyton – effective treatment of yeast infections, diaper rash, and varicoloured lichen. It is used to treat adults, children over 12 years old. Apply to dry, clean skin.
  • Mycozoral. Has fungistatic effect.The active agent, ketoconazole, affects the lipid composition of the fungus. Improvement occurs quickly. It is applied once a day for 2-4 weeks, this time is enough to destroy the fungus. Treatment with this remedy sometimes causes allergic reactions: itching, rash.
  • Mycozone. The active ingredient is miconazole nitrate. Has a bactericidal effect on bacteria, destroys fungal spores. Apply to the skin in the morning and evening. Rarely causes allergic reactions.It is forbidden for children under 12 years of age and pregnant women.
  • Zalain. The active substance is Sertaconazole. Destroys mycosis, prevents its spread and the growth of infection. Apply twice a day. The treatment lasts about a month.
  • Lamisil. On sale in the form of an emulsion, cream, ointment. The active ingredient is terbinafine. Apply once a day. The healing effect occurs when used for four weeks.
  • Zinc ointment. Apply 5 times a day. Quickly affects the fungus.
  • Salicylic ointment. It is applied to the skin, you can make a compress at night.
  • Sulfuric ointment. Heals and soothes the skin, the substance easily penetrates deeply, neutralizing the spores of the parasitic fungus. Inexpensive and effective remedy in the fight against shingles. The course of treatment is approximately 10 days, applied once a day before bedtime.
  • Exoderil. The active substance is Naftifine hydrochloride. The drug has the effect of accumulating in the skin. Has antifungal and antibacterial effects.It is applied to the skin previously cleaned with an antiseptic. A good therapeutic effect is achieved 8 weeks after the start of the drug.
  • Mikoseptin. It is used in the treatment of skin lesions by fungal infections.
  • Sinaflan. Treats all chronic, especially acute inflammations. It is used as an accompanying remedy for the treatment of inflammation, eliminates itching. Apply to cleansed areas. Duration of exposure up to 10 days.
  • Ekalin. It has a good effect on dermatophytes, Candida fungi, blocks their activity in the body, and penetrates well deep into tissues.Apply in a thin layer in the morning and evening.

Lotions, solutions and sprays

Another range of fast-acting fungal treatments:

  • Clotrimazole Microspray. An effective antiseptic. The principle of action in suppressing the morphogenesis of the fungus. The infection is blocked early in the disease. Lotion treatment does not cause allergic reactions. It is also used for prophylaxis.
  • Miramistin spray. It has a pronounced antifungal, antiviral and antimicrobial effect.The action on the skin is gentle. No contraindications have been identified. It is applied by spraying on the contaminated surface.
  • Disiskrub spray. The active substances are chlorhexidine bigluconate, ethyl alcohol. Good for Candida yeast.
  • Ekalin spray. Blocks the vital activity of fungi. Spray from a distance of approximately 10 cm.
  • Naftifine solution (Exoderil). Antifungal agent – a clear solution, yellowish in color, contains the smell of alcohol.Destroys the cell walls of spores, has antibacterial activity, affects yeast. Apply once a day for 4 weeks.
  • Nitrofungin. A solution with a pungent ethanol odor. Suppresses the cell walls of spores, eliminates itching and inflammation. The solution is applied with a cotton swab for 6 weeks.

Tablet therapy

In the treatment of lesions, antimycotic drugs are used – various tablets. When it enters the stomach, the drug quickly dissolves and affects the harmful bacteria from the inside, causing the death of a large number of parasites.

  • Fluconazole. Acts on the membrane of spores, blocks and stops the growth of infections inside the body. Has an effect on fungi. It is prescribed for adults and children over 15 years of age. Duration of application is from 7 to 14 days. It is recommended to use in conjunction with a cream.
  • Nizoral. The active substance is ketoconazole – affects the fungus.
  • Ketoconazole. Assign once a day.