Intertrigo

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Intertrigo is a condition that results in inflammation of the body folds. It usually affects people who are overweight or diabetic. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about the condition and some ways to prevent it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Intertrigo is caused by wetness and soreness in skin foldsareas where skin rubs against skin.

The condition leads to an itchy rash that can get infected. The rash is reddish-brown and it can appear anywhere that skin rubs together or traps wetness. The most common areas include between toes, in the armpits and in the neck crease.

Intertrigo usually affects people who are overweight or have diabetes.

To avoid intertrigo, one should:

Keep skin cool and dry. Try to expose affected skin to air twice a day for about 30 minutes each time. You may use a hairdryer.

Do not wear tight shoes or clothing.

Wear clothes made with absorbent fabrics, but do not wear nylon or other manmade fibers.

Do not use creams and lotions.

If you are overweight, try to lose weight.

After exercise, shower and dry off.

For mild cases of intertrigo, you should avoid wetness and rubbing in affected areas. For bad cases that are infected, your doctor may give you medicine such as creams or pills.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.