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Find out how we can help you treat your toenail fungal infection once and for all.
Have you noticed that one of your toenails is starting to look a bit discolored? Maybe it’s even a bit thicker than the rest or it's brittle and starting to fall apart. If so, then you could be dealing with a common issue known as a fungal infection. Fungus loves to thrive in warm, moist environments, so underneath your toenails is the perfect location for a fungus to grow. If you aren’t sure how to treat your fungal infection, read below for more information on the topic, and call Dyker Heights podiatrist, Dr. Corinne Kauderer at Dyker Heights Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY, for help!
More about Toenail Fungus
The fungus responsible for infecting your nails is called Onychomycosis, and unfortunately, it isn’t always that easy to treat. Sometimes the infection seems like it’s gone just to return again. This is because a lot of over-the-counter medications are topical, which won’t penetrate through the hard layers of the nail to effectively kill the entire fungus underneath. An untreated fungal nail infection can get worse over time, so it’s a good idea to consult a foot doctor who can make sure you get the proper care you need to finally treat the infection.
After all, a foot specialist offers a variety of treatment options, from effective medications to certain therapies designed to kill the fungus. Those who deal with severe or persistent infections may benefit from turning to their podiatrist for care.
Cold Laser Therapy
One way in which we can treat your toenail fungus is through cold laser therapy, a revolutionary treatment option designed specifically to target and eliminate fungal nail infections. During your treatment, we will direct a handheld device over the nail. This device contains two laser beams, which allows it to cover a rather large surface (a particularly great option for someone with several infected toenails).
The system uses both a red and a blue laser. The blue laser is the one that immediately targets the fungus to weaken and destroy it while the red laser helps to stimulate the body’s natural immune response while also promoting blood flow to the area, allowing vital nutrients to reach the area and help your body fight the infection.
Cold laser therapy only takes about 10 to 15 minutes and is completely non-invasive and painless. The number of sessions you will need to undergo will depend on the severity of your infection. Sessions are typically performed about a week apart from each other.
Call Us Today!
If you are dealing with a recurring or stubborn toenail fungus that isn’t responding to at-home treatment, contact Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer at Dyker Heights Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, NY, today to schedule a consultation. Our number is (718) 232-2100.
Find out more about why toenail fungus happens and how you can prevent it.
Whether you are someone who has been dealing with persistent toenail fungal infections for years now or this is your first time facing this problem, you may be wondering why it is happening and what you can do to prevent it in the future. Our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY can tell you more.
What causes toenail fungus?
Many different fungi can be responsible for causing an infection within the toenail, but the typical offender is a fungus known as a dermatophyte. In some situations, molds or yeast can also cause infections. A fungal toenail infection can also be the result of athlete’s foot that spread from the skin between the toes to the nails themselves.
What are the symptoms of a toenail fungal infection?
Sometimes people don’t realize that they even have a fungal toenail infection because they don’t notice any pain, swelling or other obvious symptoms; however, if one or more of your toenails are yellow or brown, has thickened, or become brittle then you could very well be dealing with a fungal infection. Even though you can develop a fungal infection within the fingernails, it’s far more common for the fungus to invade the toenails.
How is this infection treated?
There are several approaches you can take to treat this issue. Of course, if you are an otherwise healthy individual you may choose to tackle this problem with over-the-counter treatments that you can easily pick up at your local drugstore. Unfortunately, topical fungal treatments can’t often penetrate through the hard layers of your toenail to effectively kill all the fungus trapped underneath.
So, a more effective approach is to turn to our Dyker Heights podiatrist to help you determine the best course of action. Those who deal with persistent fungal infections may require a cold laser procedure that targets and kill the fungus without affecting the healthy nail or skin around it. Cold laser treatment is non-invasive, requires no downtime, is painless and can sometimes fully kill the fungus in just one session. In just a few months, as the nail grows out, you will see the yellow nail becoming clearer.
Our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY, is here to provide your entire family with the podiatric services you need. Don’t hesitate to call our office today.
Fungal infections can affect nearly any part of the body. A fungal infection of the nails can affect both the fingernails or toenails. This occurs because of the overgrowth of fungi under, in or on the nail itself. Dr. Corinne Kauderer of Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, New York can help treat patients of all ages dealing with toenail fungal infections.
There are many causes of fungal nail infections. Some of the most common ones include:
- Wearing artificial nails
- Being over the age of 65
- Walking barefoot in public pools or gym locker rooms
- Having a nail injury
- Having diabetes or another disease that causes poor circulation
- Wearing closed-toe shoes
- Having a weakened immune system
Generally, these nail infections occur more often in men than women and more in adults than children. Some of the most common signs of these infections include streaks on the nail, scaling under the nail, flaking white areas on the surface of the nail, yellow spots at the bottom of the nail and in severe cases loss of the nail.
Dr. Kauderer can diagnose toenail fungal infections and offer treatment options depending on the severity of the infection. Treatment may include prescription oral antifungal medications, as well as cold laser treatments to help clear the nail fungus faster. This is a noninvasive procedure that uses a laser to target and destroy the fungus in the toenail without harming the healthy tissue. There is no downtime with this procedure and as your nail grows out you will begin to see results. In severe cases, a removal of the diseased nail matter may be needed.
In terms of prevention, taking good care of your nails by keeping them clean and well-trimmed is important. If you’re going to have damp hands for a while, wear rubber gloves. Always dry your feet well after showering, wear socks that minimize moisture and use antifungal sprays often if you’re prone to infection. To schedule an appointment for more information on toenail fungus contact Dr. Corinne Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, New York. Call today at 718-232-2100.
Find out what you can do to prevent fungal infections.
A fungal infection is likely to happen to many people at some point in their lives. Of course, one of the best ways to stave off this condition is to know what you can do to prevent it. If you want to prevent athlete’s foot or toenail fungus from happening to you, our Brooklyn Podiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer of Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, NY has some useful advice for simple ways to keep your feet fungus-free.
As you may already know, fungus thrives in environments that are warm, damp and moist. This is why you are more likely to find fungal infections in between toes or under your nails. Those who have a weakened immune system are more prone to developing these infections. Common fungal infections include ringworm, athlete’s foot and onychomycosis (toenail fungus).
Fungus can get into the skin through small cuts or injuries that you may not even be able to see. Some easy ways to protect your feet from a fungal infection include:
Wearing shoes in public areas where the fungus often thrives like gym locker rooms and showers, and community swimming pools. By wearing shoes or sandals you can prevent feet from exposure to fungus. This is one of the best and simplest ways to protect your feet.
Not wearing the same shoes two days in a row, particularly if you have sweaty feet. Do not share shoes with others, even family members, as fungal infections can spread from person to person. If you are prone to sweaty feet, apply an antifungal powder every day to help keep feet dry and cool. Remember to change socks often and opt for shoes that have breathable materials such as leather.
If you are susceptible to fungal infections talk to our Dyker Heights Podiatrist Dr. Kauderer about whether using an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream on your feet and nails a couple times a week could be a good way to prevent reinfection. In some cases, we may also prescribe an oral medication or a new prescription topical treatment. This antifungal medication destroys the cellular DNA of the fungus wall. We also use laser treatments for fungal nails which have been found to accelerate the destruction of the fungal infection. Dr. Kauderer can determine the best treatment option for your situation.
If you suspect that you are dealing with athlete’s foot or a toenail fungus then call Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, NY to get the care you need.
How your Brooklyn podiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer treats toenail fungus
Toenail fungus is a common problem, especially if your feet are often in a moist environment like a public pool or public shower. You can also get toenail fungus from excessive perspiration and from wearing socks that don’t wick away the moisture.
People with certain medical conditions like diabetes and circulatory problems are also more likely to get toenail fungus. Whatever has caused your toenail fungus; now there is help for your thick, discolored toenails, from Dr. Corinne Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, New York.
Toenail fungus is also called onychomycosis and begins as a small white or yellow area under your toenail. As the fungus spreads and grows deeper into your nail, the area grows in size until your entire toenail is affected. Dr. Kauderer wants you to be able to recognize some of the other signs and symptoms of toenail fungus. According to the Mayo Clinic, you need to examine your toenails and look for toenails that are:
- Thickened, ragged, crumbly or brittle
- Distorted, yellowed or oddly shaped
- Darkened from debris and fungal material building up under your nail
- Painful, separated from the nail bed, or with a foul odor
Dr. Kauderer wants you to know about a few simple home remedies for toenail fungus. You can try:
- Applying over-the-counter antifungal lotions or creams
- Applying Vicks VapoRub daily to your toe and underneath your toenail
- Trimming and thinning your toenails to reduce nail pressure
Often, toenail fungus doesn’t go away by itself; for stubborn cases, you should seek help from Dr. Kauderer. She offers effective treatments to get rid of your toenail fungus for good. Consider:
- Prescription medicated nail polish or cream to destroy the fungus
- Prescription oral antifungal medication to prevent fungus growth and help you grow a new toenail
- Surgically removing the infected nail
- Light or laser therapy to destroy the fungus
You don’t have to suffer from toenail fungus. Get some help today by calling Dr. Corinne Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, New York. She can help you get ready for sandal season so call today!