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Athlete's foot is an itchy rash on the foot caused by an infection with a fungus. Your child can get it by going barefoot in wet public areas, such as swimming pools or locker rooms. Many times there is no clear reason why your child gets athlete's foot. You can easily treat athlete's foot by putting medicine on your child's feet for 1 to 6 weeks. In some cases, a doctor may prescribe pills to kill the fungus.
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.
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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