Very Humid Hands/Feed resulting in Athlete's Foot
Category:
Illnesses
Age:
6 mo.
Very Humid Hands/Feed resulting in Athlete's Foot
Dear Helen

My 6 months old son, Mads, has had very humid hands and feet ever since he was born with the result that he now suffers from athlete's feet. He has developed ulceration under his toes with no skin between the toes. He has a bath every 2 days and I change his socks everyday. I always see to it to dry his feet and toes very carefully upon each bath.

My GP has recommended me to use a fungicide, and I wonder whether you may recommend me another kind of treatment?

Best regards
Malene


Helen Hansen
Answer

Dear Malene

Athlete's foot is a very common skin infection, however usually for children older than four years of age. I would also recommend that you use a fungicide to get rid of the infection, however, the fungicide does not prevent to develop athlete's foot again. A fungal infection thrives in humid environments, and it is therefore important that you make sure that your son's feet are completely dry before you put on his socks. Use e.g. a hairdryer and put talcum powder or similar into his socks. Change his socks at least twice a day and if his feet has become damp, and leave him barefooted as much as possible.

Athlete's foot is contagious. If somebody in your family has athlete's foot, do not share towels with them, and make sure possibly contaminated areas are regularly washed.

I hope this is helpful:o)

Kind regards,

Helen Hansen