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Intertriginous dermatitis (ITD)

  • An inflammatory skin condition that affects opposing skin surfaces commonly found in the axillary and inguinal skin folds as well as under breasts in females.
  • Erythema (redness) and inflammation of the skin inside and adjacent to skin folds, sometimes accompanied by erosions or denudation (loss of the epidermis). (Dowsett, 2013)
  • Sweat is trapped in skin folds with minimal air circulation, leading to inflammation and dehydration of the skin, making the area more prone to infection.


Skin affected by intertrigo can present as red, inflamed and uncomfortable. If the symptoms are not addressed, the skin can become moist and macerated, leading to broken and inflamed skin that can be open to infection.