Diaper Rash Vs. Yeast Infection
Yeast diaper rash, or candidal dermatitis, is an infectious type of diaper rash. Many people may be unaware of the difference between a diaper rash versus yeast infection.
Yeast is normally found on the skin of all humans and tends to be more heavily concentrated in moist areas. If the skin breaks even a tiny bit, these fungal invaders could get in there and develop into an infection. The most common type of yeast that causes a diaper rash is Candida albicans. This condition is a common result of a simple diaper rash that has gotten worse.
Yeast diaper rashes are particularly common after treatment with antibiotics. Antibiotics kill bacteria -- even the good bacteria that normally keep the yeast population in check. If your baby is receiving antibiotics directly or through your breast milk, the yeast can overgrow quickly and cause the symptoms of a yeast-infected diaper rash to appear.
(Click Yeast Diaper Rash for more information about the difference between yeast infection vs. diaper rash and to learn about the various treatment options that are available.)