Fungal Nails Specialist

Local Foot Doc -  - Podiatrist

Local Foot Doc

Podiatrists located in Brooklyn & Queens, New York City, NY

Roughly half of all cases of nail disease in the United States stem from a fungal infection. If your nails are yellow, brittle, or thickened, schedule a fungal nails evaluation with Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, and the team at Local Foot Doc today. For your convenience, Local Foot Doc has two offices in Brooklyn and locations in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria. Book online or call your nearest clinic directly to speak with a team member.

Fungal Nails Q & A

What causes fungal nails?

Fungal nails, medically known as onychomycosis, can leave you with unbearably unsightly — and even embarrassing — nail issues. The fungal organisms that infect your nails thrive on keratin, the protein that makes your nails strong.

You can come into contact with these organisms by walking barefoot through any areas that are warm, moist, and dark. Gym locker rooms, swimming pool decks, and poorly sanitized nail salons are among the top places to come into contact with fungal invaders.

Your risk of struggling with fungal nails is higher if you have a weakened immune system or diabetes. Fungal nail infections are also common among men and women who have a history of fungal nails or athlete’s foot. 

When should I see a podiatrist for fungal nails?

Fungal nails aren’t just an aesthetic concern. The infection can become so severe, your nails crumble away and fall off, which can lead to agonizing pain. 

You should schedule a fungal nails evaluation at Local Foot Doc if you’re experiencing any of the following nail symptoms:

  • Thickening
  • Distorted shape
  • Brittleness or crumbliness 
  • White, yellow, or brown discoloration

Fungal nail infections can even lead to a foul-smelling odor that you just can’t control, no matter how diligent you are about washing your feet and toes. 

When you come to Local Foot Doc for your fungal nail evaluation, your dedicated podiatrist evaluates your nails and talks with you about all possible treatment solutions. 

What is the treatment for fungal nails?

Treating fungal nails depends on the severity of your infection. At Local Foot Doc, your fungal nail treatment plan may include:

  • Medicated nailpolish
  • Oral antifungal medications
  • Topical antifungal creams or ointments

In severe cases, you may need to have your affected nails removed. This allows your podiatrist to treat your nail bed directly, which can be highly effective for stubborn fungal infections. 

Once your podiatrist at Local Foot Doc gets you started on a fungal nail treatment plan, they counsel you on preventive measures to lower your risk of a future infection. 

Keeping your feet dry, washing between your toes daily, and always wearing flip-flops in communal areas are some things you can do to prevent fungal nails. 

Book your fungal nail evaluation at Local Foot Doc before your nail infection progresses any further. Schedule online or over the phone with any location.