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There are several different types of diaper rash. Yeast diaper rash occurs when the rash becomes infected. The overgrowth of yeast is a fairly common result of a simple diaper rash that has gotten worse due to lack of treatment. Going from a simple rash to a diaper rash with a yeast infection can happen within a few days.

What Is a Yeast Diaper Rash?

Yeast diaper rash, or candidal dermatitis, is an infectious type of diaper rash. If your baby's rash has become infected, 9 times out of 10, it has become a yeast diaper rash. This type of rash can be particularly irritating and difficult to tackle.
 
A tiny amount of yeast is normally found on the skin of all humans. It tends to be more heavily concentrated in moist areas, such as the inside of a diaper. The overgrowth of yeast is a fairly common result of a simple diaper rash that has gotten worse due to lack of treatment or the rash not responding well to the applied treatment(s). Going from a simple diaper rash to a diaper rash with a yeast infection can happen within a few days.
 

What Does a Diaper Rash With Yeast Infection Look Like?

The signs and symptoms of a yeast diaper rash can include:
 
  • Raised, red bumps that look like a case of the chickenpox or poison ivy 
  • Little blister-like bumps typically found in sprawling clusters on the skin covered by a diaper
  • The rash may also be found in the skin folds between the thighs and body or the genitals and thighs
  • Due to the discomfort of the rash, your baby may become irritable and cry more often than usual.
     
Children with a yeast diaper rash may also have a history of diarrhea, recent use of antibiotics, or oral thrush.
 
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