NICE is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, eliminating unlawful discrimination and fostering good relations between people with particular protected characteristics and others.
Intertrigo is more common in babies and in older people because of reduced immunity, immobilisation, and moisture; age is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act. Intertrigo most often happens in people with obesity (body mass index more than 30 kg/m2), and the severity of intertrigo is linked to the degree of obesity. It also happens in people with diabetes and those who have a prosthetic limb. Some of these people may be protected under the disability element of the Equality Act because their condition is likely to have long-term adverse effects on their ability to do normal day-to-day activities.