Infections and skin diseases mimicking diaper dermatitis

Int J Dermatol. 2016 Jul:55 Suppl 1:10-3. doi: 10.1111/ijd.13372.


Diaper dermatitis is a common condition that often prompts parents to seek medical attention. Irritant diaper dermatitis is by far the most common cause, but numerous potentially serious diseases can present with changes of the skin in the diaper area. The differential diagnosis can include psoriasis, metabolic disorders, rare immune diseases and infection. Clinical examination can be helpful in distinguishing the underlying cause. General screening laboratory tests, as well as select testing when a specific condition is suspected, can be used to challenge or confirm the putative diagnosis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diaper Rash / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Skin Diseases / diagnosis
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / diagnosis