Intertrigo Treatment And Prevention

Intertrigo is a nonspecific inflammatory lesion of the skin folds. It is most common in obese peoples and during hot weather. It is most commonly aggravated by moisture, perspiration, heat, friction, and lack of air circulation. Intertrigo is worsened  by infection with yeast  like Candida albican, bacterial, fungal and viral also plays role in infection.

Intertrigo uaually affects inner thighs, armpits, and underside of the breasts and belly and sometimes behind the ears, and the web spaces between the toes and fingers. The appearance of intertrigo is dependent on the area of skin involved. They are usually raw-looking, sometimes itchy, macerated and red rash with scaling on the edges.

Environment changes to promote drying and prevent skin to skin friction are essential steps in preventing further infection. So correcting the causative factors is critical in management. Take these steps in correcting and management of Intertrigo :

  • Your living and working area should be kept dry. Air conditioners, absorbent powders and fan would help.
  • The clothes you wear should be light, nonconstricting and adsorbent. Avoid wool, nylon and synthetic clothes. Bras for female and underwear for male should be light.
  • You should wash, rinse and dry the areas atleast twice daily. Mild antibactrial or low PH ( PH 5.5-7 ) cleanser can be used. Absorbent powders can be used to make it dry.
  • Oily  ointments or cosmetics might more harm than good so it should be avoided. If there is much incontinence, lotions, spray and powder creams may be used.
  • Weight loss in incouraged to reduce the size of fat folds.
  • Applying  cooling water, burow solution, dilute vinegar, or wet tea bags often are effective.
  • Initially some mild  topical OTC  (over the counter) corticosteroids might be used, but prolonged therapy with corticosteroids is not recommended as it might lead to skin atrophy.
  • For itching, soothing lotions like calamine can be used.
  • For relief of rash,burns and  superficial wounds, Zinc oxide, cod liver oil, and talc can be used.
  • Antifungal preparation like clotrimazole and miconazole creams  are helpful. For better results combination with mild steroid is recommended.

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  1. good web i m intertrigo patient

  2. there are so many people always searching for treatment, they will be enlighten if they read your post.
    Thank you for the info. It helps a lot

  3. Jaquelyn Tindle says:

    This is a really good site post, I’m delighted I came across it I’ll be back down the track to check out other posts that.

  4. Is there any over the counter or even prescription SPRAY medications for intertrigo?

    I have only been able to find prescription cream and prescription powder.

  5. You may find antibacterial and anti fungal mixed spray on medicine stores..


  1. says:

    Intertrigo Treatment And Prevention…

    Intertrigo is a nonspecific inflammatory lesion of the skin folds. It is most common in obese peoples and during hot weather….

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