Toenail Fungus Specialist

New York Foot Experts

Podiatrist & Podiatric Surgeon located in Financial District, New York, NY

Toenail fungus affects about 20% of Americans at some point in their lives. Since this type of infection is more embarrassing than uncomfortable, you may be tempted to ignore it, but it’s important to get treatment from New York Foot Experts: Daniel Drapacz, DPM, because an untreated fungal infection can spread and become painful. To schedule an appointment, contact one of Dr. Drapacz’s New York offices, conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, Harlem, the Upper East Side, and the Financial District.

Toenail Fungus Q & A

What causes toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, develops after you're exposed to one of the many types of fungal organisms, yeasts, and molds that generally live in the environment. These organisms enter your toenail through a small crack or tear in the nail or surrounding skin. Once they gain access, they become established and cause a fungal infection.

Are you at risk for a fungal toenail infection?

Anyone can develop a toenail fungus because these microorganisms thrive in the dark, moist environment found inside your shoes. These factors, however, increase your risk:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Poorly ventilated shoes or not wearing socks
  • Previous skin or toenail injury
  • History of athlete’s foot
  • Going barefoot in damp, public areas like gyms and pools
  • Diagnosis of diabetes or a blood circulation problem
  • Weakened immune system

What symptoms develop from a toenail fungus?

When a fungal infection first begins, you may see a white or yellowish spot under the tip of your toenail, where the microorganisms entered. As the infection spreads deeper, the affected toenails become:

  • Thickened
  • Discolored (shades of yellow, green, or black)
  • Distorted in shape
  • Cracked or crumbled at the edge

How is a toenail fungus treated?

Typical treatment for toenail fungus begins with topical medication to eliminate the fungus. If your fungal infection is moderate or severe, or it doesn't respond to topical treatment, Dr. Drapacz may prescribe an oral antifungal medication. When medications aren't effective, the next step is to remove the infected part of your nail.

You also have an option to the typical treatment protocol because Dr. Drapacz offers cutting-edge laser treatment for toenail fungus. Lasers efficiently eliminate fungal infections while preserving the surrounding tissues. The laser operates at a wavelength that safely passes through your nail to reach and destroy only the fungus.

Laser treatment for toenail fungus only takes about 15 minutes. The procedure is comfortable, and when it's over, you can get back to your normal daily activities.

It takes two to four months to see results after a laser treatment, depending on how quickly your toenails grow. You’ll see the difference as new growth appears and the diseased part of your nail grows out.

If you develop symptoms of a toenail fungus, please call New York Foot Experts or use online booking to schedule an appointment. If necessary, you can schedule a same-day, Saturday, or evening appointment, so you can begin to eliminate toenail fungus as soon as possible.

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