Intertrigo is a common inflammatory skin condition characterized by red, rash-like irritation occurring in skin folds and creases. Typically exacerbated by moisture and friction, intertrigo commonly affects areas such as the inner thighs, armpits, groin, neck creases, beneath the breasts, and below the stomach. Factors such as obesity and heat contribute to its development, often leading to discomfort, itching, and soreness.

If you're seeking relief from intertrigo, our trusted Brentwood Dermatology providers offer comprehensive care and personalized solutions to alleviate symptoms and address the underlying causes. Schedule an appointment at Brentwood Dermatology for an evaluation and effective intertrigo management tailored to the needs of your skin.

What are the Symptoms of Intertrigo?

  • Skin inflammation that occurs in areas where skin folds create warm, moist environments, leading to friction.
  • Common sites include inner thighs, armpits, groin, neck creases, and beneath breasts in women or below the belly in obese individuals.
  • Red, raw, or irritated skin, often accompanied by itching, burning, or oozing.
  • Due to the friction and warmth, the affected areas may become more susceptible to bacterial or fungal infections, adding discomfort.

Causes of Intertrigo

  • Intertrigo occurs when skin folds, like those between thighs or underarms, become warm and moist, creating an environment good for microbial growth.
  • Bacterial, yeast or fungal infections can thrive in these conditions, causing inflammation.
  • Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and Candida yeast are common culprits.
  • Factors like obesity, tight clothing, and high humidity amplify the risk. 

How to Prevent Intertrigo

There are simple things you can do to help prevent intertrigo:
  • Keep skin folds dry and irritation-free.
  • Opt for breathable clothing to minimize friction and promote air circulation.
  • Practice good hygiene by regularly cleaning and drying skin folds, reducing the risk of bacterial or fungal overgrowth.
  • Use talcum powder or cornstarch to absorb excess moisture.
  • Maintain a healthy weight to lessen skin-to-skin contact and friction.
  • In humid conditions, seek shade and cool environments.
These preventive steps collectively contribute to a dry and comfortable skin environment, minimizing the likelihood of intertrigo. If issues persist, consulting one of our skincare specialists can help with prevention and management of intertrigo.

Intertrigo FAQs

Intertrigo is a skin condition that appears as a red, irritated rash in areas where skin folds. If you notice redness, itching, or rawness in skin folds like the groin, underarms, or beneath the breasts, it might be intertrigo.

To relieve itching and discomfort, keep the area clean and dry. Dermatologists may recommend antifungal or antibacterial creams to address any infections. Avoid scratching to prevent further irritation.

Yes, intertrigo can recur, but there are steps you can take to prevent it. Dermatologists often suggest keeping skin folds dry, using absorbent powders, wearing loose and breathable clothing, and maintaining a healthy weight. Following these recommendations can reduce the risk of intertrigo returning.

With proper care, intertrigo can start improving within days to weeks. Consistency in keeping the area dry and following the dermatologist's advice is key to a faster recovery.

How to Treat Intertrigo

Treatment for intertrigo focuses on keeping the affected area dry and exposed to air. Applying warm, moist compresses to the area can also help relieve itching. If the issue persists, schedule an appointment with one of our trusted skincare specialists. Our dermatology providers may prescribe steroidal creams, oral antibiotics, or antifungal medications (depending on the cause of the infection) to relieve itching and promote healing.