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Your child can get a fungal nail infection if a fungus attacks a fingernail or toenail. Or the fungus may attack the skin under a nail (nail bed).
This kind of infection may come from walking barefoot in public showers or pools. Or it can happen if your child shares personal things, such as towels and nail clippers.
If your child is healthy, this type of infection probably won't cause serious problems. But it may look bad, hurt, or damage your child's nail or nail bed. The fungus could also spread to other nails or your child's skin.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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