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Intertrigo (in-tur-TRY-go) is inflammation caused by skin-to-skin friction, most often in warm, moist areas of the body, such as the groin, between folds of skin on the abdomen, under the breasts, under the arms or between toes. The affected skin may be sensitive or painful, and severe cases can result in oozing sores, cracked skin or bleeding.

The warm, moist environment, coupled with skin irritation, can easily result in bacterial or fungal infections at the site.

Intertrigo usually clears up if you find a way to keep the affected areas as clean and dry as possible. Wear loosefitting clothing, and use powder to reduce skin-to-skin friction in affected areas. Weight loss may be helpful as well. Infections related to intertrigo require drug treatment.

June 03, 2014