Athlete’s foot is a fungal foot infection that afflicts both young and old. For teenagers, the complications of athlete’s foot are often attributed to poor hygiene and it is especially common among athletic teenagers. For teenage girls, however, the complication of fungal infections in the feet may be more common that we think with many teenage girls experiencing fungal infections from toe nail polish or from wearing poorly designed shoes. As the parent of a teenager girl, it is important to understand this is a health risk and find ways in which to prevent and treat the condition effectively.
Signs of athlete’s foot in teenager girls may include itching, burning, and redness around the toes and for teenage girls there may be an overwhelming effort to try and hide the pain and itching from parents, peers and other people they interact with. Because of concerns about poor self-image, many teenage girls are not as forthcoming with their health complications. In fact, your daughter’s athlete’s foot complication may actually be quite severe before you even realize, as a parent, that the complication exists.
To prevent athlete’s foot in your teenager daughter, or to treat the condition early, you may want to make regular podiatry appointments. By using a podiatrist from a preventative standpoint, your teen can learn how to not only prevent and treat fungal infections such as athlete’s foot but also learn about proper shoe purchases and how to walk and use shoes to encourage her long term health is positively influenced into early adulthood.
While over-the-counter medications for athlete’s foot are also a viable option for treating the fungal infection in your daughter, there are some teenager girls that will have advanced foot fungal infections before a parent even detects the complication exist. Even still, the use of fungal cream is possible but should only be used to the extent that it can alleviate symptoms until a doctor can be consulted.
Athlete’s foot among teenagers is quite common and can be treated rather easily with early intervention and treatment, especially for teenage girls. Because of self image and beauty concerns, many young teenager girls will not readily share information about their toes and feet with a parent and may let the infection develop too long. To ensure your daughter has the best possible foot care, ask to take a look at her feet regularly and even consider enlisting the help of a podiatrist on a regular basis. In doing so, you can ensure complex foot complications, such as advanced fungal athlete’s foot, are kept to a minimum in your teen.
Sources: Journal of Podiatry, 2008: 7: 97-99.