About Nail Fungus
Brittle, crumbling, discolored toenails may be a sign of a nail fungus infection. Dr. Neil Zwiebel, dedicated podiatrist at Park East Podiatry in New York, New York, helps you manage fungal infections with state-of-the-art therapies and lasers. If you live or work in the New York City area and think you might have a nail fungus infection, call the helpful Park East Podiatry team or book a consultation with Dr. Zwiebel online.
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
What is nail fungus?
How’d I get a toenail fungus?
If you had athlete’s foot, it may have spread to your toenails. Conversely, if you have a toenail fungus, it can spread to the skin between your toes and develop into athlete’s foot.
You’re at increased risk for toenail fungus if you:
- Sweat heavily
- Have a history of athlete’s foot
- Are older, with slower growing nails
- Walk barefoot in warm, moist areas such as gyms, showers, and pools
- Have a weakened immune system or other conditions, such as diabetes
- Have a small nail or skin injury
- Have a skin condition, such as psoriasis
Is toenail fungus serious?
How can I get rid of toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus is difficult to eradicate. Depending on how severe your case is, Dr. Zwiebel may use a combination of therapies to kill the fungus, including:
- Oral therapies with antifungal agents, such as terbinafine and itraconazole, on a pulsed schedule
- Medical pedicure with ciclopirox — a medicated nail polish — and an antifungal cream
- Clearanail® – special micro-drill that creates tiny holes in the nail to allow deep penetration of antifungal treatments
- Lunula Laser – nonsurgical laser treatment that heats the entire nail to kill the fungus