How can intertrigo be prevented?

Updated: Aug 14, 2019
  • Author: Paras Vakharia, PharmD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Intertrigo most often involves persons who are helpless or dependent on others (eg, older persons, infants). Since intertrigo in the perineum often is complicated by incontinence, new breakthroughs in absorbent diapers have made diaper dermatitis easier to avoid. However, contact dermatitis in reaction to these diapers, whether irritant or allergic, can occur; therefore, monitor waistlines and leg openings for intertrigo.

Open-toed shoes or sandals may help reduce toe web-space moisture.

Monitor patients closely for the development of striae or a hidden infection if topical steroids are needed to control an inflammatory intertrigo.


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