Intertrigo (cont.)

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What are risk factors for intertrigo?

Environmental factors play a major role in exacerbations of intertrigo. They include increases in temperature and humidity encountered most frequently during the summer months.

Activities such as bicycle riding or running, which have repetitive movements, produce frictional forces which may damage skin. The presence of large folds of skin, such as those that result from obesity, also enhances the likelihood of intertrigo.

What are intertrigo symptoms and signs?

Symptoms of intertrigo include itching and burning in the intertriginous zones. Occasionally, long-standing intertrigo may produce a musty smell. With intertrigo, these areas become inflamed and appear red and sometimes scaly.

How is intertrigo diagnosed?

Intertrigo can be diagnosed by the doctor purely on the basis of its appearance -- a red rash affecting one or more intertriginous areas.

What is the treatment for intertrigo?

Treatment of uncomplicated intertrigo primarily involves changing those environmental factors that have predisposed the patient to the condition. Areas of involvement are covered with a weak topical steroid like 1% hydrocortisone cream and then covered with a thick layer of drying, greasy, bland topical like zinc oxide paste or ointment. (Desitin is a good alternative.)

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/25/2013

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