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chafe

 [chāf]
to irritate the skin by friction, usually from clothing, or the rubbing together of body surfaces, such as the thighs, when they are damp with perspiration, or the rubbing together of opposing skin folds. The skin folds of the obese are particularly subject to chafing. Tight shoes, badly fitting brassieres, and other clothing that binds, all cause chafing. Babies are particularly susceptible.

The irritation can usually be cleared up by keeping the parts dry, using a plain talcum powder, and, if necessary, substituting clothing that does not bind or rub. In some cases, a sterile dressing may be necessary to help relieve the rubbing. The best prevention is to keep the skin clean and dry and to wear clothing that fits properly.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

chafe

(chāf),
To cause irritation of the skin by friction.
[Fr. chauffer, to heat, fr. L. calefacio, to make warm]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

chafe

(chāf)
To cause irritation of the skin by friction.
[Fr. chauffer, to heat, fr. L. calefacio, to make warm]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012