Toenail Fungus Specialist

Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC

Podiatrists located in Inwood, New York, NY & Suffern, NY

Toenail fungus is a common condition that causes your nails to thicken and become discolored. It can spread to several nails, making you self-conscious and uncomfortable. Nail fungus is notoriously hard to treat, but at Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC, experienced podiatrists Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Irina Blustein use state-of-the-art laser technology with the LightPod Neo® to eradicate stubborn fungal infections. If you live in the Inwood-Washington Heights or Rockland County, area, of New York, call the office or use the online booking agent to learn how you can achieve clear nails today.

Toenail Fungus Q&A

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

The signs of toenail fungus are hard to ignore. They include:

  • White to brown discoloration
  • Thickened nails or nails distorted in shape
  • Nails that are brittle or ragged
  • Dark coloration due to buildup under the nail
  • Slightly foul smell

What puts me at risk of developing nail fungus?

Anyone can acquire a toenail fungus. However, you’re at higher risk if you:

  • Are older and have reduced blood flow
  • Sweat heavily
  • Use communal showers and pools while barefoot
  • Have diabetes or a weakened immune system
  • Experience an injury to your toes

You can reduce your chances of developing a nail fungus by regularly washing your feet and trimming your nails straight across. Always wear socks that absorb your sweat, and breathable shoes that you regularly treat with antifungal powders.

You should also wear flip-flops in public showers and pool areas. And don't forget to disinfect your nail tools, such as clippers, regularly, and ensure that any salons you visit do the same.

How does the LightPod Neo address nail fungus?

Toenail fungus is hard to treat. Topical medications and oral antifungal medications can be prescribed, but may not eradicate the fungus entirely, so reinfection is common.

The LightPod Neo superheats the skin tissue beneath the toenails, deep into the nail bed. That causes the soft tissue contaminated with the fungal tissue to coagulate, eradicating nail fungus.

For minimal infections, you only need 1-2 treatments. However, severe infections may require up to 8 treatments. But don’t expect to see results right away. It takes anywhere from 3-12 months for the new, non-infected nail to grow.

Following laser treatment, you should apply an antifungal cream for two weeks. Spray down your shoes with an antifungal spray and thoroughly clean your sheets, nail tools, and showers to prevent reinfection.

The LightPod is also effective in treating warts, in addressing unaesthetic veins, and in assisting with wound care.

What happens if I don’t treat toenail fungus?

In many cases, toenail fungus can lead to pain and permanent nail damage. The infection can also spread beyond your nails, especially if you have a compromised immune system. People with diabetes who have toenail fungus are at risk of serious complications, such as infection.

Visit the practice of Elizabeth Youngewirth DPM, PLLC to ward off the issues associated with toenail fungus.

Ph: (212) 567-6126