Intertrigo is an infection caused by yeast or bacteria, which appears in the areas where skin touches skin or between skin folds like armpits, groin, under heavy breasts, between thighs, between toes, intergluteal folds, or neck creases. It is common to those people who suffer from diabetes or are overweight. Warm and moist environment favors the infection. It is non-communicable disease and hence cannot spread by touching each other. A yeast named candida albicans is the chief cause of intertrigo.
Some factors which help in the growth of intertrigo is a warm and moist climate. Inflammatory diseases like psoriasis can induce the symptoms of intertrigo. People living in unhygienic conditions or wearing tight and rough undergarments have more chances of contracting intertrigo. Another factor is the usage of topical steroids.
Symptoms of Intertrigo:
It is characterized by the appearance of reddish brown rashes. The affected skin will be itchy and rough because of scales, which appear on edges. The skin may even crack and bleed giving rise to a burning sensation. Small rashes known as ‘satellite lesions’ appear around main rash.
Treatment and Prevention of Intertrigo:
KOH tests and bacterial culture are the usual ways to diagnose this disease.
For treatment, use antifungal or antibiotic cream like clotrimazole, miconazole. Antifungal powders are also available. Do not keep your skin folds especially the affected area wet. You may use Burrow’s solution to dry off your skin folds. It is applied several times a day for 20-30 minutes. Do not forget to wash affected areas with an antifungal soap.
As precautionary methods, keep your skin dry and cool. After shower or exercise, dry off your skin with a towel or hair dryer. Do not wear tight clothes and shoes. Prefer soft, loose, and clean underclothing. Avoid wearing synthetic clothes instead prefer cotton clothing. In case you are overweight, try to loose your weight, which reduces size of fat folds also. Maintain proper hygiene and avoid sun exposure.