Intertrigo is a chafing
rash that occurs between skin folds. Common sites are the armpit, groin,
inner thighs, anal region, and under the breasts. Moisture, warmth, and
friction combine to cause chafing. Weight loss and home treatment can
clear up the problem. If, the rash is not treated, bacterial or fungal
infections may develop.
- If you come in contact with a substance that may cause a rash, such as
poison ivy, wash all exposed areas thoroughly with detergent and
- Watch for early signs of rashes. Fast treatment can usually clear up the
problem quickly, before it spreads.
- If a rash develops, wash affected areas with water only. Soap can be
irritating. Pat dry thoroughly. Apply cold, wet compresses to the
rash to reduce
itching. Repeat frequently.
- Leave the rash exposed to air. Baby powder can help keep it dry. Avoid
lotions and ointments until the rash heals. However, calamine lotion is
helpful for plant
rashes. Use it three to four times a day.
- Hydrocortisone cream can provide temporary relief of itching. Use
sparingly on facial rashes and the genitals.
- Rashes on the feet or groin may be due to fungal infections.
When to Call a
Health Professional ?
If signs of infection appear:
1. Pain, swelling, or tenderness
2. Heat and redness, or red streaks extending
from the area
3. Discharge of pus
4. Honey-colored crust forms on the rash
5. Fever of 1000 or higher with no other cause
If you suspect a medication reaction caused the rash.
If rash occurs with fever and joint pain.
If rash occurs with sore throat.
If you aren't sure what is causing a rash.
If rash continues after two to three weeks of home treatment.