Fungus Toenail Treatment Whitestone NY

Toenail Fungus

Nail fungus is a condition that is quite common. It starts with a white or yellow spot beneath the toenail. It may seem innocuous, but as the fungal infection goes deeper, the nail fungus may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge. It also is rarely kept to one nail, and can affect several of them. Therefore, if nail fungus in one toe goes unchecked, it will most likely spread to other toes.

Toenail fungus can vary in discomfort. There are kinds that are quite mild and simply need treatment because they’re unappealing aesthetically. However, there are forms of toe fungus that are painful and cause thickened nails. If that’s the case, treatment from a medical professional is highly recommended. Once one gets a toe fungus, despite successful treatment, there is a higher chance of it coming back.

The proper, scientific name for toe fungus is onychomycosis (on-ih-koh-my-KOH-sis). Toe fungus can also spread to such a degree that it affects the area between your toes and the skin of your feet. At that point, it’s gone beyond a simple toe fungus and it takes on the name of “athlete’s foot”.

Fungal nail infections are caused by various different fungal organisms. The most common cause is a type of fungus called dermatophyte. However, yeast and molds are also common culprits of nail infections.

These infections can develop at any age, but are more common the older the person gets. This is because as one gets older, the nail becomes brittle and dry, which results the nail to crack. The fungi enters through these cracks. One can contract a nail fungal infection if they have reduced blood circulation to feet or a weakened immune system.

There are severe cases that must be absolutely treated by medical professionals. If they go unchecked, toenail fungus can create permanent damage to your nails. It could lead to the infection spreading beyond your feet, especially if you have a suppressed immune system.

If you have any of these symptoms, you could have toenail fungus:

  • Thickened nails
  • Whitish to yellow or brown discoloration
  • Brittle, crumbly or ragged nails
  • Nails that are distorted
  • A dark color building up under your nail
  • A slightly foul smell

We are a conveniently located podiatrist in Whitestone Queens, if you have or think you may have fungus toenails, please don’t hesitate to call Family Foot Center at 718-767-5555.

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Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a common foot problem that can rapidly worsen if not treated right away. An ingrown toenail grows into the skin of the toenail groove, instead of growing on top of the skin of the toenail groove. Keep reading to discover some of the common causes of ingrown toenails and how your podiatrist can care for them to relieve pain, and treat & prevent infection.

Causes of Ingrown Toenails

  • Clipping toenails too short or incompletely rounding their corners when you cut or file them can lead to the toenail growing into the skin of your toe.
  • Thicker toenails may be more likely to become ingrown if cut improperly.
  • Tearing off an incompletely cut-through toenail at its corners puts you at very high risk of developing an ingrown toenail.
  • Pressure exerted by tight shoes can cause ingrown and other toenail problems, especially if you are an athlete.

Injury can be a cause of an ingrown toenail. Heredity can play a role. If a parent or close relative has had ingrown toenails you may be predisposed to developing them.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Treatment for ingrown toenails focuses on eliminating the ingrown nail and treating any infection and swelling it may have caused. If you have an ingrown toenail that is not infected (not red, not swollen, not draining), you can soften the toe by soaking your foot in warm soapy water for 15-20 minutes 3-4 times a day. As the nail grows out, trim it straight across; do not “dig” into the corners trying to get “at the root”. Doing so will only cause problems later.

If you cannot treat your ingrown toenail at home or it appears to be infected (it red or swollen or draining) visit a podiatrist. You may be given medication to treat the infection before it causes a bigger problem. A podiatrist can also painlessly remove the corner part of the toenail that is causing the problem. This is done painlessly and quickly in the office.

Diabetics should not be cutting their own toenails. Those with circulation problems or nerve problems should also not cut their own toenails.

People with diabetes, circulation disease, nerve disease, immune disease and in general those with any kind of compromised general health condition should not cut their own toenails. They should be seen by their podiatrist for regular examinations and professional toenail and foot care. Persons with these conditions should also not go to a nail salon to have their “toenails done”. Nail salon personnel, while well-intended, are neither medically trained to recognize nor to treat the foot health problems of persons with these kinds of conditions and can potentially cause more harm.

If you have had a history of an ingrown toenail there is a painless routine to permanently cure the ingrown toenail resulting in . . . no more ingrown toena