The yeast responsible for the development of a skin infection called intertrigo is none other than the Candida ablicans. Candida ablicans likes to grow in areas where moisture is trapped, like in deep skin-folds. Here, air circulation is limited. An intertrigo usually develops from the chafing of moist, warm skin in the areas of the armpits, behind the ears, inner thighs, under the breasts, the web spaces between the toes and fingers, the underside of the belly, and the genitalia. The skin-folds are areas where there is skin friction. Intertrigo is an itchy rash that can get infected with germs or yeast. It usually affects people who are overweight or who have blood sugar problems. The skin infection develops from mechanical factors and secondary infection. Heat and maceration are the main process. Adjacent skin surfaces rub against each other, causing erosions that become inflamed.
Body discharges such as urine, feces, and sweat may precipitate intertrigo in both infants and adults. Intertrigo has no predilection, other than that from anatomic differences. Intertrigo is common in hot and moist places. The infection may also be seen in people who must stay in bed or who wear medical devices that may trap moisture against the skin, such as artificial limbs, braces and splints. It is characterized by a red or reddish-brown inflammation. The affected skin will often be very raw and may itch or ooze. Yeast or bacterial infection can be treated with oral or topical drugs. Topical steroid ointments like hydrocortisone is beneficial in relieving the pain and symptoms of the infection but does not deal with the yeast. Keeping the area of the intertrigo dry and exposed to the air can help prevent relapses.
Affected individuals should wear absorbent, nonconstricting, and light clothing and should avoid synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon. One helpful tip is using antimicrobial soap, like sulfur soap to clean the area. Dry the skin gently and apply absorbent body powders. Antiperspirants will all help prevent future occurrences. Air dry the skin before wearing clothes. Use a fan or air conditioning. Try to expose affected skin to air twice a day for about thirty minutes each time. Do not wear tight shoes or clothing. Wear a bra that has good support. Do not use non prescribed creams and lotions. They will make matters worse by trapping moisture and cause skin soreness. Weight loss and frequent moving of the body are the best preventive measures.
Here are more intertrigo treatment and prevention guidelines
Wash inflamed skin with antibacterial soap and water daily.
Stop wearing nylon or other man-made fibers.
Weight loss to trim down the size of fat folds.
Baby rash ointments that are beneficial to relief of intertrigo include shark liver oil and cod liver oil.
Wear loose, soft undergarments.
Apply antifungal absorbent powder to affected areas regularly.