It’s not just that toenail fungus is unsightly (although that’s certainly an issue); it’s that the infection can become so severe, your nail painfully starts to crumble away. But you can get effective toenail fungus treatments right in the office at Errol Gindi, D.P.M., in Valley Stream, New York, to restore your clear and healthy nails. Schedule your toenail fungus evaluation online or call the clinic directly.

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What causes toenail fungus?

As the name implies, fungal invaders cause toenail fungus. These highly aggressive organisms thrive on proteins in your nails and can easily spread from nail to nail. You can develop a fungal nail infection due to:

  • Walking barefoot in damp communal areas, like saunas
  • Wearing sweaty socks or shoes for extended periods
  • Having a weakened immune system
  • Having a cut or wound on your foot
  • History of athlete’s foot

Fungal nail infections also spread through unsanitary practices at nail salons. Because nail fungus can lead to pain and ultimately the loss of a nail, it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms so you can get started on treatment right away.

How do I know if I have toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus leads to a wide variety of issues, although in early stages, it tends to surface as small white dots. As the fungal organisms spread and burrow deeper into nail tissue, you may start noticing:

  • Yellow to brown nail discoloration
  • Brittle or crumbly nails
  • Distorted nail shapes
  • Foul odor

In advanced stages, debris builds up under your nail, which can cause dark splotches. Your nails may even start thickening to a point where it becomes incredibly difficult to trim them. Before your fungal toenail infection gets this severe, start your treatment plan at the office of Errol Gindi, D.P.M.

Which toenail fungus treatment is most effective?

Dr. Gindi thoroughly examines your nails and talks with you about your treatment options. Because fungal nails can be stubborn to treat, he offers several effective solutions. Your toenail fungus treatment plan may include:

  • Oral antifungal drugs
  • Topical antifungal creams
  • Medicated nail polish

You may even be a candidate for laser treatments. The laser penetrates through your nail and destroys toenail fungus on the spot. For more stubborn fungal nail infections, you may need several laser treatments at the office of Errol Gindi, D.P.M.

If you have a toenail fungus infection, you can get started on innovative treatments at the office of Errol Gindi, D.P.M. Book your toenail fungus exam either online or over the phone.