Vusion is an ointment that is only available by prescription. It is currently the only medication approved for treating diaper rashes complicated by yeast infections. Vusion is a combination drug that contains an antifungal to treat the yeast infection as well as ingredients that work to protect the delicate and irritated skin from the diaper rash.
Vusion is manufactured by Barrier Therapeutics, Inc.
A few different studies have evaluated Vusion ointment for the treatment of diaper rashes complicated by yeast infections. After one week of Vusion use, 7 percent of rashes had completely cleared up, compared to less than 1 percent of rashes treated with an ointment without miconazole (the antifungal in Vusion). A week later (one week after the ointment was stopped), 23 percent of babies who had used Vusion had no diaper rash at all, compared to only 10 percent who had used the ointment without miconazole.
How Does It Work?
After a diaper rash begins to develop, bacteria or fungi can sometimes infect the irritated and broken skin. This can lead to a severe diaper rash that does not clear up quickly. Most often, a yeast infection occurs (caused by infection with Candida albicans, the same yeast that usually causes vaginal yeast infections and thrush). In fact, many cases of diaper rash that last more than a few days are complicated by a yeast infection of the rash.
Vusion ointment contains miconazole (an antifungal medication used to treat the yeast infection). It also contains zinc oxide and white petrolatum, ingredients that work to protect the delicate and irritated skin. These two ingredients are found in many non-prescription diaper rash ointments and creams.
Vusion ointment should be used only to treat diaper rashes that are complicated by a documented yeast infection. This means that your child's healthcare provider needs to do tests to make sure that your child really has a yeast infection.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed April 9, 2010.
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