FAQ – Fungal Infections

How can I treat my yellow toenails?

If your toenails have turned yellow, you likely have a fungal infection and we’re willing to bet your nails are also becoming thick, brittle, and misshapen. Fungal toenails can not only be unsightly, but may eventually be painful as well. It can also spread to your other nails, so prompt treatment is advised. There are topical ointments, polishes, and creams available in pharmacies, but these tend to not get the best results. We can prescribe a stronger, oral medication, or in severe cases, surgically remove the damaged nail. Perhaps the most attractive option, however, is laser treatment which uses concentrated light beams to penetrate the nail and zap the fungus beneath it without damaging surrounding tissue. This procedure is safe, painless, and quite effective.

Find out more about treatment for toenail fungus by calling (908) 687-5757 for our Roselle Park, NJ office, or (609) 924-8333 for our Princeton location. We’ll determine the best treatment plan for your yellow toenails so they will be clear and healthy again as soon as possible.

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

We’re so glad you asked! Fungus is all around us, especially in warm, damp places, and all it needs is a tiny break in the skin to enter and take up camp under your toenails. So if you like to frequent the public pool, or tend to go barefoot in the gym locker room, beware — you are at risk for a fungal toenail infection! Knowing the symptoms of toenail fungus will indeed help you spot it early and stop it from getting worse or spreading. Keep an eye out for these signs:

  • A white or yellow spot or streak
  • Continued discoloration
  • The nail becoming thick, brittle, crumbly, and even distorted and misshapen
  • The nail lifting from its bed
  • Debris collecting beneath the nail
  • A foul odor
  • Discomfort when wearing shoes

If you notice any of these symptoms, call and make an appointment so we can quickly get you on a treatment plan. You can reach our Roselle Park, NJ location at (908) 687-5757, or dial (609) 924-8333 to contact our Princeton office.

P.S.: Don’t forget your shower shoes next time you go to the pool or gym!

How do I know if I have athlete’s foot?

Unlike a skin rash from an allergic reaction, athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that enters the skin on your feet through even the smallest scratch. The fungal infection typically shows up first between the toes, but can spread and cause not only redness and itchiness, but a burning sensation as well. The skin can also peel, crack, and even blister. It’s important to pay us a visit so we can confirm that you indeed have a case of athlete’s foot and we can get you started on an appropriate treatment plan. There are over the counter options including ointments, powders, and sprays, but for stubborn cases you may need prescription strength topical or oral medications. It’s smart to treat your shoes at the same time you treat your feet, too. Apply anti-fungal spray or powder inside your footwear, and while you’re at it, make sure you keep your feet, socks, and shoes clean and dry.

If you think you may have athlete’s foot, give us a call at (908) 687-5757 in Roselle Park, or dial 609) 924-8333 for our Princeton location. Hope that clears things up (pun intended)!