Treating Intertrigo?

I have been diagnosed with intertrigo of the genital area. It's been hard to get a doctor's help during the pandemic. I have tried lots of different creams, etc. and am currently using a prescription cream from the doctor. It's been five days now and no change. The stinging is so bad, it makes me cry and keeps me up at night. What can I do to stop the pain so I can live and do normal life. It's getting me so low and depressed. I am my breaking point. Can anyone help?


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It is really important if you are using a cream from a doctor that you talk to that person or someone in his/her office to get feedback ASAP.

Many doctors are not doing in person visits, but are doing phone and video visits. If you are not able to schedule something like that, does your insurance have a 24 hour nurse line? Look on the back of your card and see--or call their member/customer services number and ask if they have that kind of free service. You can call that line and ask the nurse to help you and work with your doctor to get answers.


Please do not take medical guidance from a non-medical person or anyone who does not know your entire medical history.

This is critical because what works for someone else can harm you if you have underlying conditions or take other medications that they don't. We had a friend suggest something to a family member who was treating for the same condition he was and if he would have followed that advice he could have died because the treatment that person suggested was in direct contraindication to a medication he was on. Thank G-d he mentioned it in an off hand comment and I knew enough to warn him NOT to take it until he talked to his doctor.

Prayers for your health and wellness and solutions!

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I am so sorry that you are going through this. It sounds like it is either a bacterial or a yeast infection. I would let the area air out, every night, and put an ice pack there, to cool and reduce the area.


If it is a yeast infection, I would begin by using Neosporin on the rash. Cover the rash that has Neosporin, with some clean material. Reapply the Neosporin several times a day.

After the swelling and redness are lessened, I would go to the store and get some athletes foot spray, and spray it on the area two or three times a day. If it stings, go back to the Neosporin.

If you can take pain relievers, I would do so. This will reduce the inflammation in the area also.

Always brand menstrual pads are very airy. I would wear one of these until the infection is better. It can keep sweat from developing.


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You can look for sites that show home treatment for this problem and your pharmacist can also offer suggestions.
Suggestions to try:
Keep area as clean and dry as possible.


Do not use any type of cream, lotion, soap that has any trace of perfume.
Always gently pat dry - do not rub.
Use some sort of anti-fungal cream (athletes foot cream is okay). Cover the entire area with this cream (just cover well but not excessive).
Cover this cream with zinc oxide (this is sold in several forms but can also be found in the 'baby' aisle as Desitin) but ask pharmacist.
Zinc sticks on your hands and clothes but will wash off.
This treatment should last for several hours (all night) if you are not exposed to extremely hot conditions.
Repeat when needed but wash area carefully as it is not necessary to remove every trace of ointment.

Hopefully, this will give you some relief and start some healing.
After a couple of days you can use a 1% hydrocortisone cream instead of the anti-fungal cream but still use the zinc oxide as a barrier to preservation/moisture.


If not feeling/looking better in a couple of days you should make arrangements to see a dermatologist.

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If you have a portable or table fan, try putting that on a tray or other stable surface at the end of your bed or wherever the cool, moving air can soothe affected skin. Good luck! I know this is miserable.

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Cold compresses , ice packs this will help with itch/burning feeling , airy clothing., cooler setting, keep your affected areas clean and as dry as possible. Follow doctors advice.

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I get the same thing under my breasts and belly roll. I have found that an athletes foot cream that has TOLNAFTATE in it woorks great. First you need to gently clean the area with soap and water, rinse well, PAT dry or use a fan blowing on affected area if very sensitive. When really dry, gently rub on the Tolnaftate cream. You will have to do this at LEAST every day, maybe more often, for several days till it starts getting better.


Then, I've found that a daily application helps prevent further problems. Another thing that helps, is too keep the area as dry as possible. That may require a mini pad or at least a panty liner, changed daily or as needed more often. At night, you could also try sleeping with a clean hand towel folded and tucked into the area to keep moisture at bay.
Good luck....I know how much this condition can hurt and itch.

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The cream didn't work for me either so I switched Dial soap and foot powder. Within 24 hours it started clearing up and went away completely in a few days. I use the powder daily now and dial soap. Hope this helps.

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