A patient asks you… what is this?

A patient admitted into the hospital for another reason asks you why she has this between her fingers. She works as a cleaning lady. What’s the cause and therapy?

candidaInfection

If you guess a candidal infection, you’re right! This is a type of candidal intertrigo (intertrigo refers to inflammation where two skin surfaces rub together). This type of candidal intertrigo between the fingers has a long name called erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica. It’s common in people who tend to get their hands wet (i.e. cleaners, bartenders, etc). The treatment is simply a topical antifungal.