Intertrigo is irritation of touching skin surfaces in body fold regions (armpits, under the breasts, belly, buttocks, groin, and sometimes between fingers or toes). Intertrigo can be worsened by any conditions causing increased heat, wetness, and friction. Intertrigo may be complicated by superficial skin infection with yeast or bacteria.
Intertrigo can affect people of all ages. Intertrigo is most frequently seen in overweight people, diabetics, people spending a lot of time in bed, diaper users, or anyone with incontinence problems. It can also occur in individuals wearing or using anything that causes friction or holds moisture against the skin surface.
Signs and Symptoms
Intertrigo is most commonly seen in skin fold areas. In people who are obese, the skin may become inflamed in neck creases, on the skin behind the knee or in front of the elbows, in the thigh and groin folds, or, less commonly, under the breast or belly folds. Redness and breaks in the skin (erosions) of opposing skin surfaces may be noted. The area may ooze or be sore or itchy.
Maállo is a medicinal skin therapeutic for the management of mild to moderate chronic inflammatory skin conditions.
Maállo is a long lasting lipid based penetrating ointment, not a water based cosmetic cream that sits on the top layer of the skin.
Water evaporates . . . lipids (fats) absorb.
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Intertrigo is a superficial inflammatory skin disorder involving any area of the body where two opposing skin surfaces can touch and rub or chaff. The word “intertrigo” comes from the Latin inter (between) and terere (to rub) and reflects the rubbing together of skin against skin to create maceration and irritation, hence, friction dermatitis or chaffing. It is a common disorder that can affect any individual from infancy to old age. It is primarily caused by skin-on-skin friction and is facilitated by moisture trapped in deep skin folds where air circulation is limited. The condition is particularly common in obese patients who have diabetes and who are exposed to heat and humidity. The moist, damaged skin associated with intertrigo is a fertile breeding ground for various microorganisms, and secondary cutaneous infections are commonly observed in these areas.
Clin Dermatol. 2011 Mar-Apr;29(2):173-9.
Wolf R1, Oumeish OY, Parish LC.
The Dermatology Unit, Kaplan Medical Center, Rechovot 76100, Israel.
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