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Diaper irritant contact dermatitis
See also in: Anogenital
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Diaper irritant contact dermatitis

See also in: Anogenital
Contributors: Sophia Delano MD, Susan Burgin MD
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Synopsis

Irritant diaper dermatitis is a term for dermatitis caused by the occlusion, moisture, and friction produced by diapers or training pants. Once the skin barrier is compromised by this environment, secondary factors such as urinary ammonia, increased urine pH, fecal proteases and lipases, Candida albicans, bacterial overgrowth, and detergent soaps exacerbate the dermatitis.

There have been several reports in the literature of laxative use in infants leading to a severe irritant dermatitis. Laxative-induced diarrhea contained and occluded by a diaper can cause bullae and erosions.

Related topics: Jacquet erosive diaper dermatitis, Diaper dermatitis candidiasis

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ICD10CM:
L22 – Diaper dermatitis

SNOMEDCT:
91487003 – Diaper rash

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Last Reviewed:11/19/2017
Last Updated:01/16/2020
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Diaper irritant contact dermatitis
See also in: Anogenital
A medical illustration showing key findings of Diaper irritant contact dermatitis : Confluent configuration, Diaper area, Erythema, Female genital, Fine scaly plaque, Male genital
Clinical image of Diaper irritant contact dermatitis - imageId=264348. Click to open in gallery.  caption: 'Diffuse, brightly erythematous papules and plaques on the buttocks, lower back, and upper thighs.'
Diffuse, brightly erythematous papules and plaques on the buttocks, lower back, and upper thighs.
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