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Author: Hon A/Prof Amanda Oakley, Dermatologist, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2003. Updated by Dr Thomas Stewart, General Practitioner, Sydney, Australia, November 2017.
Candidal intertrigo refers to superficial skin-fold infection caused by the yeast, candida.
Candidal intertrigo is triggered by a combination of the following factors:
Who gets candidal intertrigo?
Factors that increase an individual's risk of developing candidal intertrigo include:
Candidal intertrigo classically presents as erythematous and macerated plaques with peripheral scaling. There are often associated superficial satellite papules or pustules [2,5,6].
Affected areas may include:
Diagnosis of candidal intertrigo requires recognition of consistent clinical features. In cases of uncertainty, confirmation can be sought by way of fungal microscopy and culture of skin swabs and scrapings . Skin biopsy is usually not necessary.
Other forms of intertrigo should be considered, including:
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