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Fungal nappy rash

 If your baby has experienced the unpleasant symptoms of nappy rash, then you will know it causes discomfort and can keep you up at night. 

It’s a common type of skin rash that affects the nappy area, occurring when skin remains in prolonged contact with urine or stool inside a tight-fitting nappy. However, having a nappy on for too long isn't the only cause. Many babies can get nappy rash no matter how clean and dry their bottom is. Adults using nappies due to medical conditions can also be affected.

Nappy rash symptoms

You should seek candidal nappy rash treatment if you notice:

  • Severe, bright red elevated patches with fine peripheral scale in the nappy region, especially in the skin folds around the groin and tops of the thighs
  • Vesicules (like a small, raised cyst or fluid-filled blister) and pustules around the rash
  •  Lasts three days or more, despite home treatments
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Understanding nappy rash

When left untreated for more than a few days, nappy rash can get infected with Candida yeast. You should treat candidal nappy rash with anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory products. 

Nappy rash treatment

For inflamed fungal nappy rash, your doctor or pharmacist may advise the use of a combined anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal cream such as Canesten Extra, with a follow-on anti-fungal treatment. These treatments are available with consultation from a pharmacist or doctor.

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Canesten Extra

Canesten Extra

Anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory cream

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Canesten Antifungal Cream

Anti-fungal cream treatment

Preventing nappy rash

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Regularly allow your baby to move around without a nappy on for as long as possible.

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Change your baby’s nappies regularly.

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Cleanse with plain warm water and a mild soap or mild liquid cleanser, avoiding excessive cleaning and scrubbing. Avoid using perfumed wipes, or powders and soaps which may irritate the skin.

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Dry your baby's skin gently by patting rather than rubbing and leave open to air until completely dry.

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Wash your hands thoroughly before and after changing nappies.

Facts about nappy rash

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When your baby’s nappy rash becomes infected with Candida yeast, it needs anti-fungal treatment.

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If you find that your baby’s nappy rash persists for 3 days or more, it’s most likely infected with candida yeast.

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Nappy rash can be caused by many factors, such as teething or diet change.

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