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Intertrigo - Definition


Intertrigo is a dermatological condition that is localized at a fold. Its most frequent locations are the groin between the abdomen and thighs, and toes. It is characterized by skin inflammation in the form of redness with desquamation, meaning the detachment of cells from the superficial layer of the skin which appear as a whitish coating. Intertrigo is usually itchy but not painful. Mycoses, kinds of fungi or bacteria, settle into the skin fold and are responsible for this condition. The fact that the location is at a skinfold is because of heat and perspiration, more common in these locations, which provide a growth medium for these microorganisms. Diabetics, infants, and the obese are most affected. The treatment is local and often involves antifungal powders or ointments (against fungi) or antibiotics.