Brittle, crumbling, discolored toenails may be a sign of a nail fungus infection. Dr. Neil Zwiebel, dedicated podiatrist at Park East Podiatry in New York, New York, helps you manage fungal infections with state-of-the-art therapies and lasers. If you live or work in the New York City area and think you might have a nail fungus infection, call the helpful Park East Podiatry team or book a consultation with Dr. Zwiebel online.
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
What is nail fungus?
How’d I get a toenail fungus?
If you had athlete’s foot, it may have spread to your toenails. Conversely, if you have a toenail fungus, it can spread to the skin between your toes and develop into athlete’s foot.
You’re at increased risk for toenail fungus if you:
- Sweat heavily
- Have a history of athlete’s foot
- Are older, with slower growing nails
- Walk barefoot in warm, moist areas such as gyms, showers, and pools
- Have a weakened immune system or other conditions, such as diabetes
- Have a small nail or skin injury
- Have a skin condition, such as psoriasis
Is toenail fungus serious?
If you have diabetes or other chronic conditions, a simple nail fungus can lead to a serious bacterial skin infection called cellulitis. Call Dr. Zwiebel immediately if you have diabetes or a suppressed immune system and notice the symptoms of toenail fungus.
How can I get rid of toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus is difficult to eradicate. Depending on how severe your case is, Dr. Zwiebel may use a combination of therapies to kill the fungus, including:
- Oral therapies with antifungal agents, such as terbinafine and itraconazole, on a pulsed schedule
- Medical pedicure with ciclopirox — a medicated nail polish — and an antifungal cream
- Clearanail® – special micro-drill that creates tiny holes in the nail to allow deep penetration of antifungal treatments
- Lunula Laser – nonsurgical laser treatment that heats the entire nail to kill the fungus
Don’t hide your toenail fungus. Stop it from spreading by contacting Dr. Zwiebel at Park East Podiatry. You can call the office directly or just use the online form.