Title

Diaper dye dermatitis

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology

Publication Date

9-6-2005

Document Type

Article

Subjects

*Allergens; Child, Preschool; Coloring Agents; Dermatitis, Allergic Contact; Diaper Rash; Humans; Infant; Male; Patch Tests

Disciplines

Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

Diaper dermatitis is a common problem in outpatient pediatric office settings. Although most diaper rashes represent a form of contact dermatitis in response to irritants in the diaper environment, other rashes may be the result of an allergen in the diaper. On the basis of clinical examination results for 5 patients and patch testing results for 2 patients, we suspect that the patients demonstrated allergic contact dermatitis in response to the various blue, pink, and green dyes in diapers. Although topically administered corticosteroids are useful in the treatment regimen, the preferred treatment for allergic contact dermatitis in the diaper area is the use of dye-free diapers for allergen avoidance. Patch testing may also be valuable in identifying the allergen, because allergen avoidance is the key to prevention of recurrent disease.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Pediatrics. 2005 Sep;116(3):e450-2. Link to article on publisher's site

DOI of Published Version

10.1542/peds.2004-2066

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Pediatrics

PubMed ID

16140691