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Intertrigo - skin fold dermatitis

This is where the skin rubs against itself and causes irritation. These are surprisingly common in many breeds, for example on brachycephalic breeds like the french bulldog where they have distinct face folds the hair growing on those folds then grows into the skin on the opposite side causing further irritation. The lip folds commonly seen in show cocker spaniels and basset hounds which are constantly wet softening the skin causing the structure to rub away easily and armpits on dachshunds and shih tzu where their legs are tucked in neatly the dog has no choice other than to rub its legs against their sides every time they move.

all these common problems are breed type related, they are all caused by friction which results in inflammation and leads to fungal and bacterial infections 😞

Lifelong managment

Sadly for these breeds a lifelong management plan is needed to keep them healthy and prevent fungal and bacterial infections. As part of your own management it's important to keep the skin folds clean and and dry, you need to clean the folds with antifungal and antibacterial products that won't harm the skin and your need to be gentle, rubbing the skin dry will make things worse use an absorbent cloth and dab it dry.

in a video on our facebook page poppy the french bulldog is having a full treatment from the berries and leaves range using the skin mask which is antibacterial, antifungal and helps regulate healthy skin funcion, followed by a shampoo for dry and sore skin, this will calm any itchiness, hydrate and soothe the skin, she then had a small amount the skin recovery balm in her folds to help restore the skin's natural barrier.

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