Keep­ing toe­nail fun­gus at bay

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - PARENTING -

TOE­NAIL fun­gus in chil­dren can be a ghastly prob­lem for the child af­fected and his or her par­ents as well. Chil­dren some­times fail to re­alise how im­por­tant it is to main­tain proper hy­giene like hand wash­ing, there­fore they can, too, con­tract nail fun­gus like adults.

An­other main rea­son toe­nail fun­gus in chil­dren oc­curs is be­cause their toe­nails are not trimmed reg­u­larly. Micro­organ­isms mixed with dirt tend to ac­cu­mu­late and set­tle in toe­nails that are not prop­erly man­i­cured; thus, a toe­nail fun­gus is likely to oc­cur.

Any child suf­fer­ing from toe­nail fun­gus should be taken to a pae­di­a­tri­cian im­me­di­ately to pre­vent or con­trol an in­fec­tion.

A tell-tale sign of a fun­gal in­fec­tion in a child’s toes is a no­tice­able smell. The toe­nails will take on a thick­ness, mak­ing them quite dif­fi­cult to trim.

The colour of the af­fected toe­nails will be­come brown­ish, yel­low or black and take on a dull look be­cause of the dirt that lodged un­der the nail. The nails will be­come brit­tle and the skin around and in be­tween the toes will ap­pear dry and in­flamed.

A fun­gus is a spore that is mi­cro­scopic and loves to mul­ti­ple in warm, moist and dark ar­eas of the body. The most com­mon group of fungi is der­mato­phytes, which are the cause of toe­nail in­fec­tions.

A child’s feet may be clean, but a fun­gal in­fec­tion can still oc­cur be­cause the toe­nail is the per­fect host for this type of fun­gal in­fec­tion.

The fungi is of­ten found in places like locker rooms, shower stalls, pools, moist socks and shoes. It eas­ily spreads, which ac­counts for the num­bers of chil­dren af­fected.

The best treat­ment for pre­vent­ing toe­nail fun­gus in chil­dren is proper hy­giene. A child should be en­cour­aged to wash his feet (in­clud­ing toe­nails) ev­ery day and com­pletely dry his feet, es­pe­cially in be­tween his toes. Sprin­kling anti-fun­gal pow­der in the child’s shoes is a good pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sure as well as it will help pre­vent sweaty feet and mois­ture buildup.

Never blame your child if he or she be­comes infected. Most chil­dren are very em­bar­rassed by the con­di­tion, es­pe­cially if other chil­dren have no­ticed. The last thing a child needs is crit­i­cism from a par­ent.

Ex­plain to the child what a toe­nail fun­gus is. Make sure that you and your child know the proper way to wash his or her feet and toes to pre­vent toe­nail fun­gus from re­oc­cur­ring.

Ex­cilor Treat­ment for Fun­gal Nail in­fec­tion is a clin­i­cally proven rem­edy that treats fun­gal in­fec­tions on nails. It helps to re­duce and elim­i­nate the vis­i­ble signs of in­fec­tion and dis­coloura­tion, to pro­mote the ap­pear­ance of healthy nails.

A study has shown that 81% pa­tients have im­prove­ment in 42 days. Ex­cilor ef­fec­tively treats fun­gal in­fec­tions from the root.

The most im­por­tant con­stituent of toe and finger nails is ker­atin, which most anti-fun­gal prepa­ra­tions are un­able to pen­e­trate.

Ex­cilor is spe­cially for­mu­lated to ef­fec­tively pen­e­trate be­low the sur­face of nails to treat in­fec­tions from the root. It con­trols the mi­croen­vi­ron­ment of the nail by acid­i­fy­ing the nail bed.

Ex­cilor low­ers the pH of the nail, cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that is hos­tile to fun­gal growth. Once a new nail grows, the in­fec­tion should be elim­i­nated. Ex­cilor comes in a pen-shaped ap­pli­ca­tor which is easy to use. It is avail­able at lead­ing phar­ma­cies na­tion­wide. For de­tails, call Ve­me­dia-Shine at 03-7956 8384. Ex­cilor treats fun­gal in­fec­tions from the root.

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