Intertriginous dermatitis: Treatment and nursing care

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Intertriginous dermatitis which is also known as intertrigo, is an inflammatory condition that affects the skin folds of all genders and races. Those who are obese and/or who are diabetic are at particular risk of this infection. It is especially prevalent in hot and humid conditions and secondary infection is common.

This module begins with the definition, aetiology and most commonly affected areas of intertrigo. The risk factors and clinical presentations are discussed as well as patient education and management of uncomplicated cases. The complications of intertrigo which include secondary fungus, bacterial, and viral infections are outlined. The common pathogens causing these secondary infections and management strategies are identified.

Given the risks associated with secondary infection, it is essential that nurses are able to identify the risk factors associated with this infection early.  Given the role nurses play in supporting personal hygiene, it is likely that nurses will be the first (or second after the patient) to identify the early signs of intertrigo. By identifying the early signs of this infection, secondary infections can be avoided and important patient education can be provided.

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At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Outline the clinical symptoms of intertrigo.
  • Outline the common affected areas of intertrigo.
  • Understand the aetiology and risk factors of intertrigo.
  • Understand the prevention and management of uncomplicated intertrigo.
  • Identify the common pathogens causing secondary infections.
  • Outline the clinical presentations and diagnosis methods of common secondary infections.
  • Understand the management of common secondary infections.

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