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June 1982

Trichophyton rubrum Infection of the Diaper Area

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa (Dr Cavanaugh and Mr Greeson); and the All Children's Hospital, St Petersburg, Fla (Dr Cavanaugh). Dr Cavanaugh is now with the Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY.

Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(6):446. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650180080026

Rashes in the diaper area are among the most common dermatologic disorders seen in infants. Although the differential diagnosis of eruptions in the diaper area is extensive, Trichophyton rubrum infection is usually not included.1,2 We have recently reported the presence of T rubrum infection in the diaper area of a 9-month-old infant and were unable to find a similar report in the literature.

Report of a Case  A 9-month-old female infant was seen in our outpatient department on Feb 27, 1981, because of a rash of several weeks' duration. The rash had originated in the diaper area but had spread to the lower extremities and to the face on the right cheek. No improvement was noted after application of triamcinolone acetonide cream prescribed elsewhere. The rest of the history was unremarkable. There had been no previous dermatologic problems. It was not known whether any member of the baby's family had

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