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Fungus infection of the feet
Causes itchy rash between the toes
Red, scaly, cracked rash between the toes
The rash itches and burns
With itching, the rash becomes raw and weepy
Often involves the insteps of the feet
Unpleasant foot odor
Mainly in adolescents. Prior to age 10, it’s usually something else.
A fungus infection that grows best on warm, damp skin
It doesn't look like athlete's foot, see RASH - LOCALIZED AND CAUSE UNKNOWN
Looks infected and fever is present
Looks infected and no fever
Pus is draining from the rash
Foot is very painful
You think your child needs to be seen
Rash has spread beyond the instep and toes
Age under 10 years
Rash continues to spread after 1 week on treatment
Rash not gone by 2 weeks on treatment
You have other questions or concerns
Mild athlete's foot and you don't think your child needs to be seen
Antifungal Cream: Apply an antifungal cream 2 times per day.
Examples are Lamisil, Micatin or Lotrimin cream (no prescription needed)
Apply it to the rash and 1 inch beyond its borders
Continue the cream for at least 7 days after the rash is cleared
Keep the Feet Dry:
Rinse the feet 2 times per day before applying the cream.
Go barefoot or wear sandals as much as possible.
Wear socks made of synthetic fibers. They will keep the feet drier and cooler than cotton. Change them twice daily.
Avoid Scratching: Scratching infected feet will delay a cure. Rinse the itchy feet in cool water for relief.
The condition is not very contagious. The fungus can't grow on dry, normal skin.
Children with athlete's foot do not need to miss any school or sports. Your child may take gym and continue with sports.
The socks can be washed with the regular laundry. They don't need to be boiled.
Jock Itch Prevention: The athlete's foot fungus can be transmitted to your groin and cause Jock Itch (e.g., via towel or washcloth). Therefore, after bathing, dry the groin area before the feet or use a separate towel for your feet until the athlete's foot is cured.
Expected Course: With proper treatment, athlete's foot disappears by 2 weeks.
Call Your Doctor If:
It looks infected
Rash is not gone by 2 weeks on treatment
Your child becomes worse
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