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Ringworm in children is a problem that often occurs in the summer


In the summer, it is particularly easy to get the athlete's foot. Walking barefoot, being in bathing areas, changing rooms, promenades, platforms or platforms without shoes may lead to infection. The problem is high temperature, sweating feet and individual susceptibility of the body. How is athlete's foot manifested and how to prevent it?

Foot fungus is easily spread in children

Unfortunately, fungal infection is not difficult. The disease is easily spread. Mushrooms on the skin of one person quickly pass to the surface of things with which contact is the most common cause of illness.

In children, infections usually cause dermatophytes, that is, fungi that attack the top layers of the skin: Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes var. interdigitale or Epidermophyton floccosum.

Ringworm in children is very often diagnosed in the summer. It is also the case with athletes wearing windproof shoes.

How is athlete's foot manifested in children?

Foot mycosis in children has similar symptoms to infection in adults. Most often appear redness, itching, blistering and peeling of the skin. The skin is in the first stage wrinkled and moist. In some types of ringworm, severe peeling of the skin of the feet occurs. An unpleasant smell is also a common symptom.

Ringworm is rare in children under 10 years of age. The cases are usually recorded in teenagers.

How to protect your child against foot fungus?

  • during high temperatures make sure that the child wears good quality footwear with leather lining,
  • protect your child's feet from sweating
  • do not borrow towels from other people,
  • sensitize the child not to exchange shoes,
  • when the shoes get wet, dry them thoroughly before putting them on again,
  • don't measure barefoot foot in a shoe store,
  • after bathing, make sure that the baby's feet are well wiped, mycoses develop best in moist, dark and warm places,
  • if your child wears socks in summer, make sure that they always have dry socks on their feet,
  • choose socks made of natural fibers that are well breathable,
  • wash socks at 60 degrees,
  • in the summer you can use special powders that will reduce sweating of the feet,
  • in the pool, in the cloakroom, do not allow the child to walk barefoot, let him always wear flip flops,
  • do not use someone's scissors or nail clippers.

If your child often has a problem with mycosis, check your blood sugar to see if your child has mycosis or insulin resistance. Illness is more often observed in obese people. Children with immunodeficiency problems are also more susceptible.

How is foot fungus treated in children?

The treatment of foot fungus in a child does not always require a visit to a dermatologist, sometimes help may be provided by the GP. Treatment consists of applying topical ointments for about 14 days. The medicine should be used in the way the doctor prescribes it, even after the symptoms have disappeared, to avoid rapid recurrence of infection.

Keep your feet dry and clean during treatment. Because mycosis is highly contagious, care should be taken to limit the risk of infection to other people. It is very important to ensure that the disease does not spread to other areas of the body. To this end, socks that a child should put on before putting on underwear or clothing are helpful.