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Bleeding Diaper Rash

Your basic run-of-the-mill diaper rash is a flat, red rash within the diaper area. The buttock, upper thighs, lower abdomen (stomach), and genitals are the most common areas affected. It is normally not found within the folds of skin between the body and thighs or body and genitals.
There is variation in what a diaper rash looks like based on how severe it is and what is causing it. With a more serious diaper rash, bleeding may occur. There may also be blisters, pimples, and/or open sores within the red area or on the outside of the main rash.
A diaper rash is caused by the irritation of the sensitive skin of a baby, usually from urine or stool. If caught quickly enough, it should clear up easily with at-home treatments. Ignoring the condition may lead to an infection (usually with yeast) that can take longer to get better. A yeast diaper rash looks more severe and may cause symptoms such as:
  • Dark red areas of skin, with or without raised bumps and/or yellow pus-filled blisters
  • Smaller areas of rash and/or pus-filled blisters on the outer edges of the main rash.
(Click Diaper Rash Signs and Symptoms for information on whether a bleeding diaper rash requires medical attention and for a more complete list of other possible symptoms of standard diaper rashes.)
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