What should be considered in the workup of intertrigo?

Updated: Aug 14, 2019
  • Author: Paras Vakharia, PharmD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The diagnosis of intertrigo usually is based on history, presentation, and physical examination. The characteristics of the lesions also provide clues to the etiology and severity.

Basic microbiologic diagnostic studies can be performed to identify a potential causative agent of intertrigo and to guide antimicrobial therapy. A skin biopsy generally is not required unless the intertrigo is refractory to medical treatment.


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