Need something to do with the kids this weekend? How about taking a plunge? Georgian Bay may be a bit too cold for swimming yet, but Plunge!—the water park near Blue Mountain—is open on the weekends through May. Take the whole family for fun water activities, but take the kids’ flip flops, too. Children and fungal nails are not a nice combination, so make sure your kids wear protective footwear in public places like these.
Toenail fungus is an infection caused by organisms that live all around us, but do especially well in warm, moist environments. Your child may scrape or bump a toe in the pool, and the next thing you know the fungi have penetrated a little break in the skin and set up house under the nail. As they feed on the proteins, the nail starts to discolor and become thick and brittle. The longer it is left untreated, the worse it will get: Fungal nails don’t disappear on their own!
At the first sign of a little white or yellow spot, you need to get your son or daughter into our clinic and let us take a look. Fungal nails can be treated with topical creams or oral medications, but they work much better in the initial stages. You know how hard it is to get kids to sit still and let you apply medication to their feet. The sooner you begin treatment, the less time it will take before their little toenails start to grow out normally again. We also offer laser treatment for fungal nails—ask if this might be right for your situation.
At Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic in Collingwood, ON, we have lots of experience treating toenail fungus. Give us a call at (705) 444-9929 and get your child’s toenails healthy again. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for more helpful information on children’s foot health.
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