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Candidal intertrigo

Eva R Parker, MD, FAAD
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Robert P Dellavalle, MD, PhD, MSPH
Ted Rosen, MD
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Abena O Ofori, MD


Intertrigo is any infectious or noninfectious inflammatory condition of two closely opposed skin surfaces (intertriginous area). While it may result from the overgrowth of microorganisms including bacteria, the term often refers to a process that is due to a superficial infection with Candida species. Candidal intertrigo is the most common cutaneous candidal infection of hair-bearing skin (picture 1A-E) [1].

The diagnosis and treatment of candidal intertrigo will be reviewed here. Tinea cruris due to dermatophyte infection is discussed separately. (See "Dermatophyte (tinea) infections".)


The warm, moist environment of the skin folds is ideal for the growth of Candida [2]. The risk of infection is increased by specific factors that increase skin friction, increase moisture within folds, interfere with the immune response, or promote fungal overgrowth [1-7].

Factors that may increase skin friction include:


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