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Cutaneous mycoses are caused by infection caused by microscopic fungus on the skin or nails. On our site we tell you how to detect fungus in your children's feet, how you can avoid contagion and what to do in case the child has an infection such as athlete's foot or ringworm on the nails.
The most common fungal foot infections in children are:
- Athlete's foot: This ailment causes redness between the toes, and later breaks the skin causing intense itching. Children who usually go to the pool or the gym tend to suffer from it more frequently.
- Ringworm on the toenails: when they are affected by this infection they present a thickening and deformity
To prevent the ailment from spreading to the rest of the foot, it is advisable to wash and dry the child's feet properly and subsequently apply an ointment to the affected area and antifungal footwear powders for 2 or 3 weeks.
The contagion occurs by direct contact of the feet with any contaminated element or with any contaminated surface. To avoid contagion it is convenient:
- That the child wears appropriate footwear: not too narrow and avoid plastic shoes or synthetic or acrylic materials with which the feet do not perspire.
- The material of the shoes should be made of natural fabrics.
- Changing footwear often also helps to avoid contagion.
- Avoid walking barefoot in public places.
- Avoid humidity.
- Promote aeration of the feet.
- Wash and dry your feet properly, avoiding sweat.
- Avoid the abuse of sports shoes.
- Wear flip flops or sandals to go to the pool or the beach.
- If the foot sweats a lot change the child's socks often. Use a towel for the feet and another for the rest of the body.
- Clean the bathtub after each use.
- Itching between the toes.
- Cracks in the skin.
- Pain in the affected area.
- White spots appear and the skin peels.
- The foot gives off heat and a bad smell.
What to do in this case? If the child feels a lot of pain, the situation does not improve, the rash spreads or there is pus, it is advisable to go to the pediatrician to assess the treatment.
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