Nail Fungus Specialist

Podiatry Care

Yitzchak Cohen, DPM

Podiatry located in Totowa, NJ & Paterson, NJ

Yellowing, thickening, crumbling nails can all be warning signs of a nail fungus infection. Expert podiatrist Yitzchak Cohen, DPM, of Podiatry Care in Totowa, New Jersey, can treat your fungal nails infection right in the office, so you can get your healthier nails back. Start your nail fungus treatment by booking a consultation online. You can also call the office to book your appointment.

Nail Fungus Q & A

What causes nail fungus?

Nail fungus develops when fungal invaders infect your nail bed. These foreign organisms thrive in areas where it’s dark, moist, and damp, so naturally, your toenails are ideal areas. Anyone of any age can struggle with a nail fungus infection, but your risk is higher due to having:

  • History of athlete’s foot
  • Excessive foot sweating
  • Diabetes or circulatory problems
  • Chronic skin conditions, like psoriasis

One of the most common areas to come into contact with a fungal invader is a gym locker room. These organisms thrive on pool decks, too. So if you need to walk through a communal area, make sure you have something on your feet — like shower shoes — for protection.

When should I see a doctor for nail fungus?

Nail fungus can be difficult to treat. Plus, the same organisms that affect your toenails can easily spread to your fingernails if you aren’t careful. Dr. Cohen wants to evaluate you at Podiatry Care if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms in your nails:

  • Yellowish or brownish discoloration
  • Overly brittle or crumbly nails
  • Distorted shape or thickening
  • Foul odor

If left untreated, nail fungus can lead to permanent nail damage. Your nails can even start crumbling away, which can become overwhelmingly painful.

How is nail fungus treated?

When you visit Podiatry Care for your fungal nails evaluation, Dr. Cohen might take a sampling of your nails to determine exactly which type of fungi is affecting you. Depending on your specific fungal nail infection and the severity of your symptoms, your treatment plan may include:

  • Laser treatments
  • Medicated nail polish
  • Oral or topical antifungal medications

If you have a severe fungal nail infection, Dr. Cohen could recommend removing the entire nail, so he can treat your delicate nail bed directly. Over time, a healthier, clearer nail grows back in its place. Once you’re treated, Dr. Cohen even spends time counseling you on changes you can make to prevent future nail fungus infections.

Book your nail fungus evaluation at Podiatry Care today. Request an appointment online, or call the office to speak with a team member.

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