This Could Be the Cause of Your Perianal Dermatitis

This Could Be the Cause of Your Perianal Dermatitis

Perianal dermatitis is uncomfortable to deal with and talk about. With my patients, I also struggle to find out the root of the issue. However, with guided questioning, we have identified a common culprit that has also been proven to be an irritant in recent research: baby wipes.

I have found that a lot of my patients, especially adult women, use diaper wipes and this often leads to itching, redness and rashes. After recommending that they avoid using them for at least one month, I have found that their dermatitis is greatly improved.

This is important to be aware of, especially in light of recent research that showed 21 allergens present in diaper wipes, alongside the two main ones: aloe vera and botanical extracts. The study analyzed 63 diaper wipes, 41 topical diaper preparations and 3 diaper brands.

The results were interesting, as they showed that allergic contact dermatitis may be a more common cause of perianal dermatitis than previously recognized. In general, botanical extracts are the most common potential allergens in topical preparations and wipes, so be wary of this!

In conclusion, if you are an adult and use diaper wipes, I would urge you to consult your physician as you may be unknowingly exposing yourself to allergens that could be causing irritation.

If you are concerned about perianal dermatitis and want to speak to a provider, please visit our Dermatology specialists at one of our locations in Middle Tennessee: NashvilleFranklinColumbia, and Pulaski.

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Dr Pena

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD