Swimming doesn’t just happen at Wasaga Beach or Little River Beach in the summer. High school swimming programs or visits to the Centennial Aquatic Centre or the Collingwood Leisure Centre can mean fun in the water all year long. Certain microorganisms thrive in these warm, moist places. Using public pools and showers can mean increased exposure to fungi. The next thing you know, your child has fungal nails—yellow, thick, crumbly, and maybe even bad-smelling. What should you do?
Start with a visit to Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic. Don’t put this off, because nail fungus doesn’t go away on its own, but just keeps getting worse and infecting other toes. We will take a look at your child’s toes and determine the best remedy. Our staff is well trained and experienced in fungal nail treatment.
There are home remedies, such as over-the-counter topical ointments and creams, or even foot soaks in vinegar water solution that change the pH of your skin and nails and make it harder for fungi to survive. These remedies may be able to help in the early stages. However, by the time you notice symptoms, the infection may already have gone beyond the point where these will be effective. Prescription creams and oral anti-fungal medications have a better success rate, but come with risks.
At our foot clinic, laser nail treatment has been highly successful for fungal nails, with no side effects or medication risks. The concentrated light beams are focused underneath the nail, where creams and ointments can’t reach, to kill fungus where it lives. We treat all ten toes to catch the fungi even where there are no symptoms yet. This prevents the spread of the infection. Depending on how fast your child’s toenails grow, new, healthy nail can grow out within several weeks.
If your child has fungal nails, be sure to coach them in proper hygiene—washing, drying, changing socks, etc. At the first sign of a yellow or white spot, set up an appointment at Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic by calling (705) 444-9929 in Collingwood, ON. We are the health care provider your kids’ feet need to stamp out toenail fungus for good!
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