Athlete's foot may occur at a young age, but is far less common than in older children.
Athlete's foot may occur at a young age, but is far less common than in older children. Another possible explanation for these changes may simply be "foot dermatitis," which is the term used to describe eczema when it occurs on the feet. This is usually treated with thick moisturizers and, if redness and itch are present, anti-inflammatory creams or ointments (such as hydrocortisone or stronger, prescription preparations). The fact that your son's changes heal with hydrocortisone suggests that this is more likely to be dermatitis than a fungal infection such as athlete's foot. Neosporin, which is a topical antibiotic, may be working because of some mild bacterial infection in the area, or because it is having a moisturizing effect. A dermatologist can give you more guidance after examining your son.