One of the most common problems in children and also in adults are the fungi on the feet . Although they can appear at any time of the year, the risk of fungus on the feet of children increases in summer due to the use of public swimming pools and because of bare feet. Although fungi do not pose a s
One of the most common problems in children and also in adults are the fungi on the feet. Although they can appear at any time of the year, the risk of fungus on the feet of children increases in summer due to the use of public swimming pools and because of bare feet. Although fungi do not pose a serious health problem, it is best to treat them as soon as possible.
Types of fungi on the feet of children
Fungi on the feet are infections that can appear on the sole of the child's foot, between the fingers or on the nails. When the fungi appear on the sole of the foot and on the fingers it is called athlete's foot and it presents symptoms such as itching, redness of the affected area, peeling and even blisters on the feet. To treat athlete's foot we must take the child to the pediatrician as soon as possible.
There is another type of fungal infection in the feet that onychomycosis and that is limited to the child's toenails, although if not treated in time it can spread to other areas of the foot. Symptoms of onychomycosis are observed when the nail begins to change color, becomes yellowish and thickens. It is also essential medical treatment, but in both cases, for athlete's foot and for onychomycosis, the best treatment is prevention.
Tips to prevent fungi during childhood
A fungal infection in the feet is contagious, which is why it is especially common in summer when children go barefoot in swimming pools. Hay 1. Special care should be taken in that children wear
flip flops as much as possible and not have wet feet for a long time because the humidity favors the appearance of fungi. After bathing on the beach or the pool, children dry in the sun, but we can always dry with a towel at least those areas between the toes that are most at risk of fungal appearance. 2.
The footwear that they use also must be watched, making sure it is made of natural materials and that the foot is allowed to breathe. The sweat of the feet not only produces bad odor, but it is the ideal medium for fungi to reproduce. 3. A good way to prevent the appearance of fungi on the feet of children is to help them after the shower to dry their feet well. Then we can spray their feet with
talcum powder to avoid excessive sweating and humidity. It is also important to change footwear and socks several times a day in case they are worn, so that the feet stay clean and the shoes are free of bacteria. Laura Vélez.