kids get fungal nails tooNow that Memorial Day is over, the beaches are open for business and the days are getting warmer, your kids are likely clamoring to go swimming. It’s a great way for you to catch some rays and ensure your kids are having fun and getting some exercise to boot.

At pools and at beaches it’s inevitable that the kids will end up in the shower room where lots of other feet have been. Although the last thing we want to think about is all the germs running around on those floors, unfortunately, kids can pick up a nasty fungal toenail infection by running around barefoot.

How does this happen?

Kids are very active. It’s not unusual for them to get a cut or small injury to their toes and feet at the beach or pool. This makes it easy for the little fungal critters to get inside those open skin tears and get cozy under the nail bed.

What should you be looking for?

You’ll notice some discoloring of the nail which can become yellow, white, or brown. Nails can also become thick or brittle. Newer infections typically won’t cause the nail to buckle or get distorted.

What should you do?

The longer a person has fungal nails the worse it gets. Getting your child examined by a Seattle podiatrist as soon as possible is the first step. Our patients have greatly benefited from treatment with the PinPointTMFootLaser. In newer infections, the success rate is higher. Best of all no harmful medications are used which means no long-term side effects.

Meanwhile, make sure you're kids wear footwear in shower rooms at the pool or beach. To make an appointment, call us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

Dr. Rion Berg
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A podiatrist in North Seattle treating families for over 40 years.
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