What complications are associated with intertrigo?

Updated: Aug 14, 2019
  • Author: Paras Vakharia, PharmD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Since intertrigo frequently is colonized or secondarily infected, secondary cutaneous infections and acute cellulitis are threats to occur. [10] These secondary cutaneous infections can be caused by a variety of gram-positive or gram-negative bacteria or fungi, including various yeasts and dermatophytes. [11] An infectious intertrigo may result in serious cellulitis, especially in patients who are diabetic. Additionally, skin fissuring and ulceration can occur, possibly hidden in the deep skin folds of persons who are obese, which can lead to pain, disability, and, potentially, sepsis.


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