Intertrigo is a Candida albicans
infection of skin folds. In areas of the body that have skin touching skin such as the armpits, groin, and under heavy breasts or fat folds, the environment is warm and moist. This is the perfect environment for Candida albicans
, a yeast that is normally found on the skin, to overgrow and cause symptoms. Intertrigo is characterized by an intensely red, moist rash with scaling on the edges. Satellite lesions, small areas of the same rash that are close to the main rash, are characteristic of intertrigo and other Candida
Intertrigo is treated with antifungal creams such as clotrimazole and miconazole. Equally important in the treatment of intertrigo is keeping the skin folds as dry as possible. A drying solution such as Burow's compresses can be applied to the skin folds for 20 to 30 minutes several times a day to promote drying.
Pronunciation: in-tur-TRY-go (noun)