Toenail Fungus Specialist

Global Podiatry of NY & NJ -  - Board Certified Podiatrist

Global Podiatry of NY & NJ

Board Certified Podiatrist & Board-Certified Wound Care Specialist located in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY & Bensenhurst, Brooklyn, NY

Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, affects over 14% of Americans and accounts for roughly half of all cases of nail disease each year. If you’re noticing brittle, crumbly, discolored nails, schedule an evaluation at Global Podiatry of NY & NJ. Sergey Losyev, DPM, offers the latest in toenail fungus treatment for people living near the Bensenhurst and Midwood areas of Brooklyn, New York, and Morganville, New Jersey. Book your exam online, or call the office nearest you to schedule a visit.

Toenail Fungus Q & A

What causes toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus begins when fungal organisms — particularly dermatophytes — enter your nail bed through a small crack or even a tiny cut near your nail bed. As these fungal invaders divide and multiply, a serious nail infection begins. 

Your risk of developing a toenail fungus infection is higher if you regularly have sweaty feet or spend a lot of time in communal saunas or locker room showers. These warm, moist areas are ideal spaces for fungi to thrive. Your risk of toenail fungus also increases due to:

  • Blood flow problems, related to age or diabetes
  • Weakened immune system or chronic disease
  • History of athlete’s foot

Fungal nail infections are also common in people who have psoriasis. 

When should I see a podiatrist for toenail fungus?

Even though toenail fungus isn’t typically a major medical concern, it’s important to have it treated by a podiatrist as soon as symptoms begin. Fungal organisms can be stubborn to treat and can cause your toenails to break off if left untreated, which can be incredibly painful.

Ingrown toenails are a related condition that develops when the corner of your nail grows into your skin. Ingrown toenails can cause pain and tenderness, and if left untreated, lead to infection.

Schedule an exam with Dr. Losyev if you’re noticing any of the following nail fungus signs and symptoms:

  • Foul-smelling nails
  • Brittle or crumbly nails
  • Yellowish or discolored nails
  • Nails that are distorted in shape
  • Infection

As your toenail fungus infection worsens, you may find that your nails start to thicken to the point that you have a hard time trimming them.

How is toenail fungus treated?

Dr. Losyev doesn’t just treat your toenail fungus infection; he gets to the root of why you developed an infection and helps you lower your risk of future fungal nail issues. Depending on the severity of your toenail fungus infection, your treatment may include:

  • Prescription-strength antifungal nail cream
  • Oral antifungal medications
  • Laser treatment
  • Dr.’s Remedy® antifungal nail polish

Laser treatment for toenail fungus is a noninvasive option that can kill the fungus causing the infection and help promote clear nail growth in as little as one treatment session. Note that laser toenail fungus treatments aren’t covered by insurance.

Schedule your toenail fungus evaluation at Global Podiatry of NY & NJ. Request an appointment online or by calling the office nearest you to speak with a team member.