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Athlete's foot in children


The athlete's foot It is a fungal infection of the interdigital spaces and the sole of the foot. Patients frequently have both feet and one hand affected.

It is rare in young children. The most common symptoms of athlete's foot are: redness, itching, a burning sensation, cracks or peeling on the skin between the toes, blisters or small scales on the sole of the foot, and a bad smell on the feet.

Athlete's foot is caused by fungi, through some predisposing factors such as closed shoes, showers and swimming pools, a hot and humid environment, a clinical picture, causing lesions that range from papules to vesicles and blisters that may present pus.

The best thing would be to prevent this infection. The best is prevention based on good foot hygiene, in the proper drying of it, in the use of sandals in public showers (camping, clubs, hotels, etc). Avoid closed leather shoes in summer times.

The pediatrician will be in charge of indicating, if necessary, the specific treatment: myomazole, econazole, clotrimazole, etc. The first treatment for this infection is usually topical. But if in addition to the infection caused by fungi, there is a secondary infection caused by bacteria, then the most normal thing is for the pediatrician to prescribe an antibiotic.

You can also use selenium sulfate soaps to clean your feet, as long as the skin doesn't have any wounds.

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