What Is Intertrigo?

Intertrigo is an inflammation of the skin in between folds of the body — such as those located in the groin, armpits, neck, and breasts. It is caused by rubbing, chafing, or moisture between folds of skin.

This type of inflammation may be worsened by certain medical conditions, including obesity, diabetes, and fungal infections. If left untreated, it can lead to secondary bacterial or fungal infections.

Common Symptoms of Intertrigo

The primary symptom of intertrigo is an area of reddened, raised skin between folds of the body. Other symptoms may include:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Pain
  • Foul-smelling discharge
  • Red or raw skin
  • Scaling skin

Treating and Preventing Intertrigo

Treatment of intertrigo depends on the underlying cause. If it is caused by an infection, antifungal medications may be prescribed; if it is caused by an underlying medical condition, treating that condition may help.

Some methods of prevention include:

  • Keeping skin dry and clean
  • Bathing daily
  • Using an antifungal powder
  • Applying skin creams or ointments
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothing