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Intertrigo - Symptoms & Treatment


Intertrigo is a skin infection in which there is inflammation on the body folds. Intertrigo is a common skin condition affecting opposing cutaneous or mucocutaneous surfaces. Intertrigo is particularly common in those who are overweight. Intertrigo is induced or aggravated by heat, moisture, maceration, friction, and lack of air circulation. Intertrigo is the word used to describe a rash in body folds. Affected skin is reddened and uncomfortable. Intertrigo is inflammation of skinfolds caused by skin-on-skin friction.

Symptoms of Intertrigo

Intertrigo develops from mechanical factors and secondary infection. Heat and maceration are central to the process. Opposing skin surfaces rub against each other, causing erosions that become inflamed.

Sweat, feces, urine, and vaginal discharge may aggravate intertrigo in both adults and infants. The appearance of intertrigo is dependent on the skin area involved and the duration of inflammation. Erythema and weeping may progress to maceration and crusting. Intertrigo is an inflammation of your skin. It is caused by two surfaces of skin rubbing together.

Causes of Intertrigo

The causes of Intertrigo are

  • Whether infectious agents play a primary role or simply are common secondary agents is controversial.
  • Thrush , caused by yeasts such as Candida albicans, is characterised by rapid development, with itchy moist peeling white skin with small peripheral pustules
  • Erythrasma , caused by Corynebacterium minutissimum, results in persistent brown patches
  • Tinea pedis (athletes foot), caused by dermatophyte fungi such as Trichophyton rubrum, causes peeling, cracks, and blisters between the toes
  • Folliculitis , caused by various bacteria especially Staphylococcus aureus, is often provoked by shaving. Painful red spots and pustules are centred on hair follicles.
  • Blistering skin disorders such as bullous pemphigoid.

Home remedies for the treatment and cure of Intertrigo

Treatment depends on the causes on which bacteria and micro-organisms are present in the rash.

Sweating may be reduced with a gentle antiperspirant . Bacteria may be treated with topical antibiotics such as fusidic acid cream, mupirocin ointment, or oral antibiotics such as flucloxacillin and erythromycin. Yeasts and fungi may be treated with topical antifungals such as clotrimazole and terbinafine cream or oral agents such as itraconazole or terbinafine. Inflammatory skin diseases are often treated with low potency topical steroid creams such as hydrocortisone. More potent steroids are usually avoided in the flexures because they may cause skin thinning resulting in stretch marks ( striae ) and even ulcers. Calcineurin inhibitors such as tacrolimus ointment or pimecrolimus cream may also prove effective.

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