Intertrigo is an infection that occurs in the skin folds of your body, resulting in inflammation and redness. Commonly affected areas include the elbows, knees, armpits, groin, and breasts, along with anywhere that skin folds have been allowed to form or areas in which moisture can become trapped. Intertrigo can happen to anyone, but is more likely to occur in patients who are overweight, have restricted mobility, or suffer from vitamin B6 deficiency. There are many treatments available to treat intertrigo, including both home treatment options and medications prescribed by your physician. If you notice intertrigo symptoms, it is important to start treatment right away to prevent additional irritation.
The most important part of intertrigo treatment is keeping the area dry. This can be difficult since the infection usually occurs as a result of naturally-trapped moisture between skin folds. Try to avoid sitting or lying positions that encourage this build-up, keeping the area open and aired out whenever possible instead. After bathing or showering, be sure to dry off before getting dressed completely. Rubbing the infected area with a towel may make symptoms worse, so take care to pat it dry gently. Use moisture-wicking fabric or keep the area uncovered, reducing the risk of moisture build-up that will exacerbate the condition.
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