Candida intertrigo

Last Updated: 2023-07-07

Author(s): Anzengruber F., Navarini A.

ICD11: 1F23.13

Fungal infection of the intertrigines (axillary, inguinal, perianal, submammary and abdominal folds) with Candida spp. (typically albicans)


  • The lack of hygiene and increased exposure to moisture provide ideal conditions for the colonisation of C. albicans. An intertrigo with swelling of the horny layer develops into a candida intertrigo due to colonisation by C. albicans. Erosions, macerations and rhagades can form here in the course of time.
  • Predisposing factors:
    • Immunological deficits
    • Humid and warm environment (heavy sweating, air-impermeable clothing)
    • Adiposity
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Lack of hygiene

More sharply circumscribed, slightly scaly, often foetid-smelling erythema.

  • clinic
  • Pathogen detection with sterile cotton swab (native and culture)
  • Stool examination for Candida
  • Serology: Candida haemagglutination test
  • Daily blood glucose profile e.g. of diabetes mellitus

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