Approximately two-thirds of infants experience diaper
rash (dermatitis). Customized diaper rash preparations
-ointments, powders, or creams- can be compounded to
treat each child’s specific symptoms, using ingredients
which will protect the skin from additional irritation,
soothe and encourage healing, and prevent secondary
infections. Skin protectants (zinc oxide, petrolatum)
provide a physical barrier against external irritants
such as urine or gastrointestinal enzymes in stool.
Antifungal creams can be used when a yeast (Candida)
infection is suspected.
We can also compound a
bile acid sequestrant, such as cholestyramine ointment,
to prevent skin irritation, which is especially helpful
for ostomy patients.
Ann Pharmacother 1996
to treat buttocks rash and anal excoriation in an
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