Toenail Fungus

Have you noticed that your child�s toenails are discolored and are thick and brittle? He may have toenail fungus, one of the most common foot problems. This condition is known as onychomycosis (on-ee-ko-me-KO-sis) and is actually quite prevalent. If your children swim in public pools or are into team sports and use public showers and change rooms, they could contract this very contagious foot problem.

Toe fungus will not go away on its own and must be treated. If left untreated, it can spread to other toes. Toenail fungus can also cause the nail to crumble and fall off or eventually lead to an ingrown toenail. The affected foot can also feel painful, especially when wearing shoes.

Unfortunately, toe nail fungus can spread to other family members. So if you suspect that your child has this, you must first take him to your family doctor. Your doctor will most likely trim away part of the nail and send out a sample to a laboratory for testing. You may then be referred to a podiatrist.

Toenail Fungus Cures
Your next step will be to decide how to cure the toe fungus. There are many toenail fungus cures, from prescription drugs to natural remedies and home remedies. Many of the prescription drugs are very expensive and can be quite damaging to the liver. Be sure to ask your doctor about the side effects of all suggested medications. Many people have had success with alternative toe fungus treatments. Whichever remedy you choose, success will come with perseverance. Treatments must be applied daily and the condition will not go away until a new healthy nail grows back.

Helpful Tips
Here are some suggestions to help prevent the spreading of toenail fungus in your family:

  • Buy socks that 100% cotton as they help absorb moisture and give ventilation to the feet.
  • Buy shoes for your children that are well-ventilated and that are preferably leather, not synthetic � remember, toenail fungus loves moist, warm and dark places.
  • If your child comes home with wet shoes or socks, take them off immediately and dry your child�s feet thoroughly.
  • sure everyone in your family wears flips flops or pool shoes in public places; especially at swimming pools and in public showers.
  • After your child trims his toenails, make sure you disinfect the toe nail clippers. This can be easily done by dipping them in alcohol.
  • As a rule, try to stay away from cooking with refined carbohydrates and white sugar. Cut back on foods that are mold producing such as mushrooms, berries and melon.

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