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Homeopathy for Intertrigo

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Written by Dr. Manish Bhatia

Intertrigo is an inflammatory condition of skin folds, induced or aggravated by heat, moisture, maceration, friction, and lack of air circulation. It usually develops from the chafing of warm, moist skin in the areas of the inner thighs and genitalia, the armpits, under the breasts, the underside of the belly, behind the ears, and the web spaces between the toes and fingers.

Are you looking for a homeopathic cure for intertrigo? This article discusses the homeopathy treatment of intertrigo along with the best homeopathic medicine for intertrigo treatment.

Intertrigo is an inflammatory condition of skin folds, induced or aggravated by heat, moisture, maceration, friction, and lack of air circulation.

The condition frequently is worsened or colonized by infection, which most commonly is candidal but also may be bacterial, fungal, or viral.

An intertrigo usually develops from the chafing of warm, moist skin in the areas of the inner thighs and genitalia, the armpits, under the breasts, the underside of the belly, behind the ears, and the web spaces between the toes and fingers. An intertrigo usually appears red and raw-looking, and may also itch, ooze, and be sore.

HOMEOPATHY TREATMENT & Homeopathic Remedies for Intertrigo

Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines for intertrigo are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions. The homeopathic remedies for intertrigo given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each medicine may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a homeopathic remedy for intertrigo. To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit our Materia Medica section. None of these homeopathic medicines for intertrigo should be taken without professional advice.

  • Ars-alb.
  • Graphites.
  • Merc-sol.
  • Mezereum.
  • Natrium muriaticum.
  • Psorinum.
  • Petroleum.
  • Sepia.
  • Sulphur.
  • Malandrinum
  • Oleander
  • Hepar sulph
  • Silicea
  • Anthracinum


Skin popular dry, rough, dirty looking, scaly< cold and scratching. Hot, itching and violent burning in skin, itching increased by scratching followed by bleeding. Icy coldness of body. Parts painful after scratching. Disease begins as red spot spread like ringworm covered with silvery scales.
Great Prostration, with rapid sinking of the vital forces; fainting. The disposition is:

  1. Depression, melancholy, despairing, indifferent.
  2. Anxious, fearful, restless, full of anguish.
  3. Irritable, sensitive, peevish, easily vexed.

The greater the suffering the greater the anguish, restlessness and fear of death. Mentally restless, but physically too weak to move. Indicated by its periodicity and time aggravation: after mid-night, and from 1-2 a.m. And by its intense restlessness, mental and physical: its anxiety and prostration.


Skin rough, hard, persistent dryness of portions of skin unaffected by eczema. Eruptions, oozing out a sticky exudation. Rawness in bends of limbs, groins, neck, behind ears. Unhealthy skin; every little injury suppurates. Ulcers discharging a glutinous fluid, thin and sticky. Swelling and induration of glands.  Cracks in nipples, mouth, between toes, anus. Phlegmonous erysipelas of face; burning and stinging pain.
Suited to – Excessive cautiousness; timid, hesitates; unable to decide about anything. Fidgety while sitting at work. Sad, despondent; music makes her weep; thinks of nothing but death.


Itching so intolerable almost makes him crazy. Better cold air and when bed is cold. Worse warmth of bed. Almost constantly moist, free perspiration which gives no relief.

Skin almost constantly moist. Persistent dryness of the skin contra indicates mercurius. Excessive odorous viscid perspiration; worse, night. General tendency to free perspiration, but patient is not relieved thereby. Vesicular and pustular eruptions. Ulcers, irregular in shape, edges undefined. Pimples around the main eruption. Itching, worse from warmth of bed. Crusta lactea; yellowish-brown crusts, considerable suppuration. Glands swell every time patient takes cold.


Violet itching worse bed, from touch compelling to scratching until epidermis is removed and denuded part is covered with a scab or there is repeated exfoliation.
For light-haired, irresolute persons of a phlegmatic temperament. Eczema and itching eruptions after vaccination. Hypochondriacal and despondent; indifferent to everything and every one; angry at trifles and perfectly harmless things, but is soon sorry for it.


Itching at night. Skin dry, constricted, very sensitive, rough and cracked, leathery. Itching sore, moist surfaces withpetroleum homeopathic medicine for intertrigo redness and rawness. External hard pressure not painful but a soft touch is unbearable. Cracks bleed easily.
Adapted to persons with light hair and skin; irritable, quarrelsome disposition; easily offended at trifles; vexed at everything. Ailments: from riding in a carriage, railroad car, or in a ship. Ailments which are worse before and during a thunderstorm. Symptoms appear and disappear rapidly. During sleep or delirium: imagines that one leg is double; that another person lies along side of him in same bed; that there are two babies in the bed. Vertigo on rising; in occiput as if intoxicated; like seasickness.


Dirty dingy look. Itching when body becomes warm. Agg. In bed and from warmth. Scratches until it bleed. Scratching gives temporary relief. Dry, lusterless, rough hair. Intolerable itching. Herpetic eruptions, especially on scalp and bends of joints with itching.
Especially adapted to the psoric constitution. In chronic cases when well selected remedies fail to relieve or permanently improve; when Sulphur seems indicated but fails to act. Lack of reaction after severe acute diseases. Appetite will not return.


Dry, scaly, unhealthy skin. Itching, spots painful red and hot after scratching. Bleeds after scratching, recurring every night in bed. Violent on thighs and legs. Skin painful for along time after rubbing as if denuded and sore. Itching, burning worse scratching and washing. Excoriation on folds.
Adapted to persons of a scrofulous diathesis, subject to venous congestion; especially of portal system. Persons of nervous temperament, quick motioned, quick tempered, plethoric, skin excessively sensitive to atmospheric changes. For lean, stoop-shouldered persons who walk and sit stooping like old men. Standing is the worst position for sulphur patients; they cannot stand; every standing position is uncomfortable. Dirty, filthy people, prone to skin affections. Aversion to being washed; always <. after a bath.


Scab on upper lip, with stinging pain when torn off. Aching in forehead. Dry, scaly; itching; rhagades of hands and feet in cold weather and from washing. Toes feel scalded and itch terribly. Ill effects of vaccination


Skin has itching, scurfy pimples; herpes; sensitive and numb. Nocturnal burning. Very sensitive skin; slightest friction causes soreness and chapping. Violent itching eruption, bleeding, oozing; want of perspiration. Pruritus, especially of scalp, which is sensitive. Canine hunger, with hurried eating, without appetite. Thirst. Empty belching. Vomiting of food; greenish water.

Who is more Susceptible for Intertrigo

Intertrigos occur more often among overweight individuals, those with diabetes, those restricted to bed rest or diaper use, and those who use medical devices, like artificial limbs, that trap moisture against the skin. Also, there are several skin diseases that can cause an intertrigo to develop, such as dermatitis or inverse psoriasis.

Clinical features of Intertrigo

LOCATION of lesions

  • Angles of mouth.
  • Naso-labial folds.
  • Inner thighs and genitalia
  • The armpits
  • Under the breasts
  • Behind the ears
  • Web spaces between the toes and fingers

SYMPTOMS of lesion

  • Lesions starts as superficial redness
  • Maceration of skin develops.
  • Burning, stinging pain in lesion.
  • Lesion covered with honey coloured crusts.
  • Removal of crust causes bleeding.
  • Offensive odour from affected parts.

Diagnosis of Intertrigo

The diagnosis of intertrigo is mainly based on clinical history and the appearance of the lesion as it is presented by the patients.

Conventional Treatment for Intertrigo

Affected area may be treated with weak steroids like 1% hydrocortisone cream and a thick layer of drying ointments like zinc oxide.

Appropriate anti-fungals may be used for secondary fungal infection like Miconazole and Clotrimazole. Patients with pruritic intertrigo in the inguinal folds with secondary Candida infection may respond rapidly with a topical combination of Isoconazole nitrate and Diflucortolone valerate

General management of Intertrigo

• Correct the underlying cause and  remove maintaining factor
• Keep affected area clean, dry. Maintain hygiene.
• Good nutritious diet.

Complications of Intertrigo

  • Secondary infection by fungus or bacteria my cause further complications like bleeding, pus etc.
  • Infection may spread to the deeper tissues to fascia, muscle and bone.

About the author

Dr. Manish Bhatia

- BCA, M.Sc Homeopathy (UK), CICH (Greece), MD (Hom)
- Associate Professor, Organon & Homeopathic Philosophy, SKH Medical College, Jaipur
- Founder Director of Hpathy.com
- Editor, Homeopathy for Everyone
- Co-author - Homeopathy and Mental Health Care: Integrative Practice, Principles and Research
- Author - Lectures on Organon of Medicine vol 1, 2, 3. CCH Approved. (English, German, Bulgarian)
- Awardee - Raja Pajwan Dev Award for Excellence in the Field of Medicine; APJ Abdul Kalam Award for Excellence in Homeopathy Education
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