What is the difference between diaper rash and allergic reaction?

Diaper rash. is a generic term, can include allergic reaction (allergic contact dermatitis) to the diaper material, rare, most commonly is a fungal infection to the diaper area due to wetness, after antibiotics usage, etc., your best bet is to keep the area as dry as possible and use protective creams, if the rash persists please see your doctor.

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How can you tell if your baby has an allergic reaction to diaper rash cream?

Patch test. You can check just about any product for skin sensitivity/reaction/allergy by doing a patch test. If you place a dab of the material on the fabric part of a bandaid & place it in a location where it won't be disturbed. (back of a baby or underarm of older kid) leave it on overnight, if no reaction within that time frame the product is likely safe to use over long periods. Read more...

How do I tell difference between MRSA and a diaper rash?

Crusting. It's not always possible, but a staph infection like MRSA would more likely cause scabs and oozing, sometimes referred to as honey-colored crusts. There may also be blisters, or bullous impetigo, more common in the very young. Read more...

How can I tell the difference between MRSA and a diaper rash?

Superficial vs deep. With any given swab you could find MRSA on almost any body surface as a benign contaminant.As in infecting agent it tends to burrow down into the depth of the skin & form puss bearing abscesses. Regular diaper rashes tend to remain superficial, rough areas on the top of the skin. Read more...

Whats the difference between MRSA and a diaper rash?

Staph infections... ...Including MRSA are more invasive than diaper rash, with more swelling and skin destruction, sometimes bubbling, sometimes pus. Read more...
May be related. As the skin breaks down with any irritation or rash, it may become secondarily infected with bacteria such as staph. Since MRSA is now frequently found in skin infections, it is commonplace to treat all suspected staph infections as if they were MRSA until the culture results are available. Always try to keep skin dry and clean. Keep in mind that most "wipes" will not cleanse skin well. Read more...

How can you tell the difference between a diaper rash and yeast diaper rash? How are they treated?

Diaper rash. Without seeing, it’s difficult to diagnose. If the diaper rash fails to respond to more frequent changes and use of ointments sold for this condition, then it is possibly due to yeast infection. Yeast diaper rash will respond to topical antifungals. Read more...

How can I tell the difference between a fungal infection and diaper rash on my buttocks?

Test an area. A doctor such as a dermatologist can sample the area in question and test it for a fungus. A diaper rash, is usually caused by a chemical irritation of the skin, and should not produce growth of fungus. Read more...