What are the goals of drug treatment for intertrigo?

Updated: Aug 14, 2019
  • Author: Paras Vakharia, PharmD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The goals of pharmacotherapy for intertrigo are to clear the intertrigo, reduce morbidity, and prevent complications.

Antifungal agents can be used. Their mechanism of action may involve altering RNA and DNA metabolism or intracellular accumulation of peroxide toxic to fungal cells. [21] Antibacterial agents should be used for bacterially infected intertrigo.

Immunosuppressant agents such as tacrolimus and pimecrolimus are safer than topical steroids for prolonged use or in skin folds. [17, 22]


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