Patient Comments: Intertrigo - Home Remedies

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What home remedies were effective for your intertrigo? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Angel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I am dealing with Intertrigo for the first time. Unfortunately I thought it was just minor chafing at first and didn’t really bother about it, but within just a few days, my skin was rolling up and peeling off the area and I had open sores. I tried powders for a few days but it was not getting any better. Last night I put tea tree oil on it and it’s practically gone. Put it on again tonight and hope it resolves fully soon.

Comment from: Justaguy , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 20

I had intertrigo only once. I treated the condition by washing the area with baby soap (soap alternative), drying the area with soft towels and hairdryer, and then applied Sudocrem. Already noticed a significant improvement in the first 12 to 24 hours and got rid of it within 4 days.

Comment from: Jo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

My solution for intertrigo is spraying after showers with a mixture of white vinegar and water and then lubricating with extra virgin coconut oil, under my breasts and in any creases or folds. It works very well. Living in Florida, I do get flare ups if I get too hot or sweaty and then I just soak a washcloth in vinegar and water and keep the compress on 10 minutes 2 times/day. I've found the mild stinging indicates bacteria kill off. The rash is usually gone the next day. It works so well for me.

Comment from: Chris, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 03

For my intertrigo I also used tea tree oil and vitamin E oil. It stopped a few days after. I'm glad I had tea tree on me. Unfortunately I still have a scar.

Comment from: cred, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

Keeping intertrigo dry is a must! To keep the nasty-bits dry I buy the very soft, cloth-like brand of paper towels (you know which ones). Fold one over and tuck it in to keep things dry. I have also found some fancy paper hand towels. These work nicely also. Folded over they are the perfect size. A little dusting of Desenex once in a while, apply a towel and it prevents the rash nicely. As for the bra sweat, tuck a tampon in there. Works great! They're not just for the premenopausal anymore!

Comment from: violetangelflame, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I have intertrigo under my breasts and under a fold of skin in my groin area and around my panty line in the front. If I wash and dry it often and then put 'Secret' (can't be another brand for me) deodorant on those areas it hardly ever comes back. I don't know why the brand of deodorant is important but I got that tip from a friend 1000s of miles away in Canada and it works. I have tried other brands but they just don't work for me anyway. I have had this till it bleeds.

Comment from: srule, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I've experienced intertrigo many times and tried many at home treatments. I've found that once the rash has already began, it's best to use an antiseptic like alcohol to get rid of any bacteria already on the skin (yes, it burns, but it isn't too bad and it is effective). Then I carefully pat the skin dry. I apply cortisone 1 percent to the affected area and let it dry. Then I apply Ivarest cream to the affected area as well. That dries it and stops itching and burning. Resolves quickly.

Comment from: ilovemycats, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I found that either a prescription anti-fungal cream called Fucidin or an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream like Canesten worked for my intertrigo. For under my breasts, I always just reached for Pond’s cream. A lady in the store stopped my mother when she was shopping and told her how wonderful it was for rashes under the breast. Both my mother and I find that it works very well! Pond’s sells two creams - one with a blue and one with a green lid. It’s the one for sensitive skin.

Comment from: Sunny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 17

When I have an intertrigo rash appear, I've used (Gold Bond) medicated powder with good results; washing and drying the area daily then reapplying the powder. I decided prevention would be a better way to go. I wash/dry the area and apply deodorant/antiperspirant daily. This has been effective for me.

Comment from: nancy n, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

Try a mixture of coconut oil and tea tree oil. The tea tree oil is the medicine, it is a fungicide and really soothes skin. The coconut oil provides lubrication and is a vehicle for the tea tree oil. I mix mine about 4:1 (coconut (4) to tea tree (1)). I too had tried everything for my intertrigo, and it all just made it worse. The moisturizing seems counter-intuitive, you want to dry it out, right? Wrong! Buy tea tree oil inexpensively at Walgreens.

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