The term “intertrigo” refers to the inflammation of the large skin folds. It develops due to friction of the skin folds and is aggravated by humidity, heat and lack of air circulation. Intertrigo is primarily found in skin folds beneath the breasts, in the groin, abdomen and around the anus. It may also present as diaper rash in infants.
Intertrigo usually clears up by itself if the affected areas are kept clean and dry. Sometimes, a secondary fungal or bacterial infection may develop at the site of intertrigo, for which medications may be necessary. People who are diabetic, obese, on bedrest or use medical devices like artificial limbs are more susceptible to develop intertrigo.
Intertrigo is a chronic inflammation of skin folds. It may cause the following signs and symptoms:
Worsening of these signs may indicate development of a secondary skin infection.
The factors that contribute to the development of intertrigo include- moisture, increased temperature, decreased air circulation and frictional rubbing of the skin folds. This condition may get complicated by various micro-organisms like yeast, dermatophyte fungi, bacteria and irritant chemicals.
The following conditions may increase an individual’s susceptibility to develop intertrigo:
Specific skin disease like psoriasis may also cause intertrigo. In infants, chubby skin folds, short neck, and flexed postures increase the risk for intertrigo.
Intertrigo may often lead to secondary infections such as:
The diagnosis of intertrigo is usually done clinically based on the findings of skin examination. The following tests may be useful to detect secondary infections:
The following home measures may be helpful in controlling the symptoms of intertrigo:
The following measures may be helpful to prevent intertrigo:
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