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Intertrigo is a skin disorder caused by the macerating effects of heat, moisture and friction. Most often seen in the groin, axillae or in inframammary folds (1).
Aetiological factors include:
Characteristically intertigo presents as mild erythema which can be seen initially as red plaques on each side of the affected skin fold (in a mirror image fashion). The patient complains of itching, stinging and burning (1). As the erythema progresses features of a more intense inflammation may develop e.g. - erosions, oozing, fissures, exudation, maceration, and crusting (1).
The moist and damaged skin predisposes to secondary skin infections (1).
Examination reveals red, weeping skin at the site of moist skin folds.