Don’t Sweat It- Prevent Intertrigo

February 1, 2003

Perspiration in areas of skin redundancy-such as under pendulous breastsand in the groin-can predisposepatients to irritant or candidal intertrigo.

Perspiration in areas of skin redundancy--such as under pendulous breastsand in the groin--can predisposepatients to irritant or candidal intertrigo.Preventive measures include dryingwell after bathing and applyingpowder and an underarm antiperspirantto problem areas. The aluminumchloride found in antiperspirants (butnot deodorants) can help control excessperspiration and can reduce thenumber of episodes of painful, pruriticrash.
-- Sandra S. Mamis, RPA-C
   Poughkeepsie, NY