How to Treat Athlete’s Foot for Kids

by | Oct 2, 2015

Swimming is a fantastic activity for children. Sure, it can be fun for them to jump off the diving board or splash around with friends, but it also can provide a good workout that keeps them fit. Youth in the Geneva, IL community can sign up now for the swim clinic at Cadence Fitness & Health Center to develop their aquatic skills, satisfy competitive urges, and forge friendships.

When children walk on pool decks, locker room floors, or use communal showers, though, they need to take measures to prevent contracting fungal infections. Fortunately there are easy ways to treat athlete’s foot for kids and adults alike. Even better, it doesn’t take much to prevent the condition from happening in the first place.

To treat athlete’s foot on your child’s feet, you first need to be able to recognize it. If your son or daughter scratches his or her foot a lot, especially the areas between toes, that’s a likely sign. Look to see if there is a red, scaly rash, which is another symptom.

Once you’ve assessed the fact that your son or daughter has this common fungal infection, head to the pharmacy or store to pick up any over-the-counter antifungal product. Sprays, powders, lotions, and ointments can be similarly effective.

Follow the directions listed on the container with regard to usage, especially any warnings that your kids need to be aware of. It is important to know that symptoms will likely clear up before the treatment is complete, so do not stop using it unless the directions specify to do so.

If the over-the-counter product is not taking care of your kids itchy toes, schedule an appointment with our office. We may need to prescribe either a topical or oral medication that is stronger than what you can pick up off the shelf.

If you would like more information on taking care of athlete’s foot in kids, need severe fungal infection treatment from a medical professional, or have any other foot or ankle issue, Prairie Path Podiatry is here to help. Our Geneva, IL office is ready to answer any questions or provide the medical care you need, so call us today at (630) 845-3338 or use our online form to schedule your appointment with us.