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can silver sulfadiazine be used to treat diaper rash?

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Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Not a good idea.: Silver is a toxic metal and has caused some problems in older children and adults when used to treat burns. For that reason silver sulfadiazine is no longer a favored agent. Babies have thinner skin that absorbs chemicals more readily, especially if ti's irritated or raw. So stick with the usual diaper rash products. Check with your pediatrician if the rash is severe or not clearing up.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
See Dr Galbraith's: response. For adult “diaper” rash keep skin clean & dry. Change diaper as soon as it's soiled or wet. For healing go without diaper for periods of time so affected area can air out. Avoid tight diapers or airtight covers over diaper. Meds your Dr. might recommend include antifungal cream (for fungus), a steroid cream (for significant inflammation) or an antibiotic (for bacterial infection.)

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A 36-year-old member asked:

I'm not sure, but should silver sulfadiazine be used to treat diaper rash?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Use it often: I use this often when the diaper rash has more of a burn like quality than a yeast infection. Works fine.

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