What is the pathophysiology of intertrigo?

Updated: Aug 14, 2019
  • Author: Paras Vakharia, PharmD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Intertrigo develops from mechanical factors and secondary infection. Heat and maceration are central to the process. Opposing skin surfaces rub against each other, at times causing erosions that become inflamed. [1] Sweat, feces, urine, and vaginal discharge may aggravate intertrigo in both adults and infants.


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