Diaper Rash That Looks Like Pimples, White and Red Bumps

We think of pimples as synonymous with the acne of puberty. What exactly are these unsightly blemishes? Pimples are a tiny pustule or papule. They are caused by sebaceous glands being clogged with dirt and debris or infected. These manifest as little swollen lesions of pus. Zits are attributed to adolescence but can erupt at any age.

What causes pimples to form?

They also are not limited to the face as the media depicts. Where there is an oil gland, there is an opportunity for pimples. This means you can get them on your back, neck, chest, or even butt. Located near hair follicles, they become overactive around menstruation and puberty which leads to dead cells clogging pores. Other things can cause them to form as well including several conditions (like Bullous pemphigoid, chickenpox, singles, pemphigoid gestations, and herpes) and infection which occupies a pore.

Can babies develop a diaper rash that looks like pimples

While babies will typically not have to deal with breakouts quite yet, they can develop a diaper rash that looks like pimples. This doesn’t mean all forms of diaper rash will result in a pimple or blister. Most times, this occurs in a more severe rash and is a sign of infection. A fungus, akin to candida, can cause these pustules to form.

Bacterial infestations can also be a problem. Prolonged exposure to triggering irritants may be the culprit behind such blister formations. If your baby has an allergic reaction to certain products (whether it be the fabric of the diaper or the powders or creams you incorporate in their routines) or even food, this may be expected to occur. A newborn with a lot of diarrhea or a toddler started on certain diets too early could create digestive problems which manifest into diaper problems.

This is especially true when children are left in soiled undergarments for prolonged periods of time. Sitting in feces and urine isn’t healthy. Unfortunately, young babies have yet to control their urination and defecating habits. Even if it’s inconvenient, they need to be changed frequently. Older youngsters may be fussy and dislike playtime being interrupted, but it’s crucial not to let them marinate in dirty diapers. This is especially the case when signs of diaper rash are already prominent. These reactions are not exclusive to infants and children, adults too will develop pimples in response to certain irritates or diseases.

Difference between diaper rash with red bumps and whiteheads

Diaper rash does not have to have these fluid filled blisters. Instead, red, tender skin may be the only symptom. It’s not uncommon for affected regions to be bumpy, with raised areas of swelling. What separates a diaper rash with red bumps and whiteheads? It really depends on the situation. The causes can certainly be different. A hive is more an indication of an allergic reaction to something. Think back to when you used that cheap soap that irritated your skin. The lack of pus means there is probably no pathogen behind the phenomena. When the bump is filled with liquid contents, this is the bodies response to unwanted, foreign debris getting into pores or lesions. This is also more so the case when a bacterium or fungi are to blame.

Is it more dangerous than red bumps diaper rash?

Causes aside, the only thing more worrisome about the presence of pimples over red bumps with diaper rash is some complications. Pimples can (but should not be intentionally) popped. When you pop a pimple, you leave the skin open to other infection and lesions. When broken, harmful agents can enter the skin and cause more infections or even bigger problems.

Most diaper rashes are not dangerous and nothing to concern over, however, they should not be ignored or left untreated as they can transform into problems more sinister. Contact a pediatrician at the first sign of pimples on diaper rash. If these blemishes spread beyond the genitalia, thighs, cheeks of the rump, and anus, talk to a doctor. Some infectious diseases may be responsible.

Treatments for diaper rash with white bumps

Always discuss with a pediatrician how you should treat diaper rash with white bumps. There are a number of home remedies that may prove effective, but medical intervention is sometimes necessary. Determining what your child is allergic to may be a trial of guess and check or may require proper laboratory tests. Beyond that, a doctor may suggest you try out a cycle of medication in order to eliminate any microbes. Antiviral cream and other medications are rather common.

Are antibiotics safe for an infant

It is safe for a baby to take an antibiotic so long as it was prescribed. Never administer a dose of unwarranted medicine to a child. It may be unnecessary or even dangerous. Some medications are specially dosed for babies.

Other times, they aren’t safe and s substitute or alternative formula will be utilized instead. Always follow the instructions given to you by the pharmacist or physician and always complete entire cycles of any prescriptions prescribed to eliminate the threat.

Other types of pediatric dermatitis

Especially when the rash spreads beyond the diaper zone, there may be other forces at play. Infants have delicate and underdeveloped skin so are vulnerable to reactions and contractions of other diseases. Eczema around babies is rather high. Things like scaly skin or cradle cap are rather common. Other dermal diseases infants can fall victim to are infantile hemangiomas, nevus sebaceous, transient neonatal pustular melanosis, erythema toxicum neonatorum, milia, and aplasia cutis congenita. These are all rather rare, but cases have been reported.



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