Fungal Toenail Laser Treatment in NYC
What is toenail fungus?
The common, but dreaded, toenail fungus is a condition of the foot in which your toenail becomes infected by a fungus. Toenail fungus can affect one toe or multiple toes, and it can sometimes spread to other areas of your foot, such as the surrounding skin or in the crevices between your toes.
What causes toenail fungus?
When fungus sneaks in through cracks or breaks in your toenail or skin, you can develop toenail fungus. Fungus typically thrives in moist spaces — this makes certain areas of your feet the perfect breeding ground for fungus. You may have a higher chance of developing toenail fungus if you have any of the following:
- Athlete’s foot or other fungal infections affecting the skin
- Previous nail infections
- Cancer and are receiving chemotherapy as treatment
- Nail or skin injuries
- Nail surgeries
- A family history of nail infections
- Psoriasis or other skin conditions
- Poor circulation
- Had an organ transplant
- Certain autoimmune conditions or diseases
Since fungus typically grows in moist areas, the following lifestyle and environmental factors may also increase your risk of developing toenail fungus:
- Frequently washing or wetting your hands
- Staying in the water for long periods of time
- Walking in hot, humid locations without proper footwear
- Wearing shoes that are too tight
Although uncommon, toenail fungus can be caught by walking barefoot on the same surface as someone who has toenail fungus or through sharing towels with someone who has toenail fungus.
What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?
Typically, the first symptom of toenail fungus is the appearance of a white or yellow blemish at the very top of your toenail. As the fungus spreads, you may notice additional symptoms such as:
- Thickening of the affected toenails
- Discoloration of the affected toenails
- Weakening of the affected toenails
- Malformations of the affected toenails
- Darkening of the affected toenails
- Odor emitting from the affected toenail
How is toenail fungus diagnosed?
To help determine if you have toenail fungus, your doctor will examine and assess the affected toenails. In order to confirm a diagnosis, your doctor may also need to take samples from your toenails and from under your toenails. The samples can be sent to and examined at a lab, where the cause of infection can be determined.
How is toenail fungus treated?
While toenail fungus can difficult to treat, here at Ernest L. Isaacson, DPM PC, we treat toenail fungus on the spot and on-site with state-of-the-art laser treatment. Other treatment options may include:
- Oral antifungal medications
- Medicinal antifungal nail polish
- Antifungal creams
- Surgery to remove the affected toenail
Providing appropriate at-home care, such as trimming your toenails and using certain nail creams, can also help alleviate toenail fungus and any pain that may accompany the toenail fungus.
If you are experiencing symptoms of toenail fungus or would like to learn more about our available podiatric services and treatment, request an appointment with Dr. Isaacson today. With 80 years in practice, locations in Manhattan and the Bronx, experience across a range of podiatric specialties, and state-of-the-art treatment options, our mission is to provide high-quality podiatric education, information, and care to patients in a convenient, comfortable setting. Call our Manhattan location 212.420.6002, our Bronx location 718.863.3338, or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.