Candida intertrigo is a fungus-related health issue that can cause raw, red, oozing areas on the skin. This especially happens in areas under overlapping pieces of skin where moisture and bacteria can build up. The hardest-hit areas are the genitals, buttocks and inner thighs and under the breasts.
One of the most common forms of treatment for Candida intertrigo is practicing good hygiene. Candida intertrigo often occurs in areas of the skin that may be easily overlooked while washing on a daily basis. Washing under skin folds and in other prone areas with antibacterial soap can help relieve and prevent the occurrence of this problem.
Another common way to treat Candida intertrigo is through the use of topical imidazoles. A topical imidazole is an anti-fungal medication that can be directly applied to the affected area. Depending on the dose, this medication can work in as little as one application, or it may need to be applied over a few days. Oral fluconazole or itraconazole may also be prescribed in some cases, but these are not as effective as topical application.
Another common treatment option for Candida intertrigo is keeping the affected area dry. Moisture gives the fungal infection the right atmopshere to thrive, so removing the moisture can help kill the fungus and prevent the infection from occuring. For small areas, such as the belly button, the use of cotton swabs may be effective in preventing future infections and helping current infections heal. Using absorbent powders can also help prevent moisture from building up in the crevices and folds of the skin.
A more permanent treatment for Candida ingertrigo is using diet and exercise to get down to a more healthy weight. According to the National Skin Care Institute, those who are obese have much higher rates of Candida intertrigo infections. This is largely due to obesity causing greater amounts of overlapping skin. Losing weight can help rid the body of places for the fungal infection to gain hold.