Athlete's foot
A skin infection caused by the ringworm fungus. 
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Athlete's foot

A skin infection caused by the ringworm fungus.

Symptoms:

  • Cracked, itchy and sore skin between the toes.
  • The fungus can also affect the nails, making them brittle and deformed.

Seriousness:

  • Ask your pharmacist for advice.
  • You can use antifungal powder in mild cases or see the doctor if the problem persists longer than a few days or of the toenails also become infected.

Treatment:

  • Powders, creams and sprays are available over the counter for treatment.
  • Teach your child to thoroughly dry between her toes and take off her trainers as soon as she can after exercise, as the fungus thrives in hot, humid conditions.
  • Let her go barefoot or wear sandals as often as possible in summer.

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