What are the differential diagnoses for intertrigo in adults?

Updated: Nov 13, 2020
  • Author: Paras Vakharia, PharmD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Differential diagnoses for intertrigo are described below. [12]

In adults, consider inflammatory diseases (common or rare), including irritant or allergic contact dermatitis, psoriasis vulgaris inversa, seborrheic dermatitis, pemphigus, atopic dermatitis, scabies, metabolic diseases, and malignancies. [13, 14] Often, these conditions also involve the skin folds. Primary or secondary infections may be related to dermatophytes, candidal organisms, bacteria, or viruses. Possibilities involving bacteria include infection by Streptococcus and Staphylococcus species and lymphogranuloma venereum and granuloma inguinale infections. [11]

Metabolic disorders include toxic epidermal necrolysis, acrodermatitis enteropathica, acanthosis nigricans, and migratory epidermal necrolysis.

Malignancies include metastatic carcinoma, Paget disease, or Bowen disease.

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