How does intertrigo present?

Updated: Aug 14, 2019
  • Author: Paras Vakharia, PharmD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Intertrigo usually is chronic with an insidious onset of itching, burning, pain, and stinging in skin folds. When acute discomfort is noted, consider secondary infection. [7]

Intertrigo commonly is seasonal, associated with heat and humidity or strenuous activity in which chafing or skin-on-skin friction occurs.

In addition to obesity and diabetes, hyperhidrosis may be a risk factor for intertrigo. Additional factors that predispose individuals to perineal intertrigo include urinary or fecal incontinence, vaginal discharge, or a draining wound.


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