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Why Do Kids Get Fungal Infections?
Lots of kids get fungal infections. Kids love to share and hang out together. Some of these infections are contagious (say: kon-tay-jus), which means they easily spread from person to person. Close contact or sharing a comb or hairbrush with someone who has tinea can spread the fungus from one person to another. Because fungi need a warm, dark, and humid place to grow, public showers, pools, locker rooms, and even the warmth of shoes and socks can give fungi the perfect opportunity to strike.
Taking antibiotics can cause some kids to get a yeast infection. Antibiotics get rid of germs that make us sick, but they can also kill many of the harmless bacteria in our body. These harmless bacteria normally fight with the yeast for a place to live, but when antibiotics kill them, the yeast is free to grow.
Sometimes, a fungus may infect kids if they have an immune system disorder (this means their bodies can't fight certain types of infections). This is rare, but it does happen.
How Do I Know If I Have a Fungal Infection?
Many skin problems look like a fungal infection so the best way to know for sure is to ask your doctor. Here are some signs you and a parent can look for:
Athlete's foot causes symptoms that include red, dry, cracked, and itchy skin between the toes. Some people also have red, scaly bumps filled with pus on the bottoms and sides of their feet.
Jock itch appears as a rash with elevated edges in the groin area. It's itchy and often feels like it is burning. It's pretty common, especially if you play sports. Sweating and wearing athletic equipment can bring on this kind of rash.
Ringworm of the head begins as a small bump or scaly patch that looks like dandruff. The pimple or patch becomes larger and the hair in the infected area can become brittle and break off. This can create scaly patches of baldness, but the hair will grow back. If you have ringworm on your arms, legs, or chest, you may see small, red spots that grow into large rings.
Candida, the yeast, causes the skin in the infected area to itch. The skin may also be red and swollen.
Farewell to Fungus!
Getting rid of a fungal infection is not that difficult. Your doctor may decide to scrape a small amount of the irritated skin or clip off a piece of hair or nail and look at it under a microscope or do a culture.
Once your doctor knows what kind of infection you have, special antifungal creams and shampoos can help to get rid of it. Sometimes the doctor will prescribe a medicine to take by mouth. Make sure you take the medicine for as long as the doctor tells you.
Maybe fungal infections can't be avoided altogether, but you can help yourself ward them off.
Walk away from athlete's foot by:
Washing your feet every day.
Drying your feet completely, especially between your toes.
Wearing sandals or shower shoes when walking around in locker rooms, public pools, and public showers.
Wearing clean socks. If they get wet or damp, be sure to change them as soon as you can.
Using a medicated powder on your feet to help reduce perspiration. (Ask a parent first.)
You can ditch jock itch by:
Wearing clean, cotton underwear and loose-fitting pants.
Keeping your groin area clean and dry.
Prevent beastly yeast infections by:
Changing out of wet swimsuits instead of lounging around in them.
Wearing clean, cotton underpants.

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