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Athlete’s Foot

Athletes foot (tinea pedis) is the most common fungal infection. Athlete’s foot is a fungus infection of the area between the toes. Fungi grow best in warm, moist areas of the skin such as between toes. It is very common in older children and may occur on only one foot or both.

Signs of Athlete’s Foot

Red, moist, scaly and cracked skin on the areas between the toes. Sometimes there are small blisters on the bottom of the foot or on the side of the foot. Itching, peeling rash between toes, sometimes with an unpleasant smell. It often comes back and has to be treated each time.

Care at Home

  • Ask your pharmacist to recommend an over-the-counter product for athlete’s foot such as an antifungal powder or lotion. Use the product as directed on the package. Do not use cortisone on a fungal infection.
  • Wash your child’s feet twice a day.
  • Dry the toes well after washing them. Use a hair dryer on a cool or non-heat setting to get the skin completely dry.
  • Use an absorbent powder. Put on clean socks after the feet are washed. Just wear socks when in the house.
  • Don’t let your child wear someone else’s shoes.
  • For stubborn cases, have your child wear white cotton socks to help keep the feet dry.
  • Have your child where open, cool type shoes (sandals( so their feet “breathe,” stay dry and don’t sweat. Let your shoes dry 24 hours between wearings.
  • Have your child wear rubber or sandals (flip flops) in or round a community shower, gym or swimming pool.

When to Call the Doctor

  • If the rash becomes infected so that the feet swell, there is pus, or the rash is painful.
  • The fungus infection spreads to the hands.
  • If home treatment doesn’t clear up athlete’s foot after 7-10 days.
  • Your regular doctor or pediatrician can treat athlete’s foot.

 

Comments

  1. Great advice!. Like you I just suffered a particularly severe bout of athletes foot I could not shift with the usual over the counter spays, lotions and prescription lotions. I was panicking because I had returned to the gym and was working out with a run at the end, I had not wanted injury interruptions but the itching and burning sensation from my feet was becoming excruciating. I was running out of options and had not wanted to go down the more risky oral medication route. Then I remembered how tea tree worked well in the past on skin problems. I decided to give it a go and added a few drops of lavender too as a more potent mix. Blessed relief soon followed after first application and it’s now been three days and the skin between all my toes has dried up and no longer resembles red salami. Keep up the great advice. Check also read my blog post its also helpful for you.!

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