Symptoms and Diagnosis of Toenail Fungus
Toenail Fungus can be as simple as a thick, yellow toenail or it can appear as a growth. Toenail fungus is fairly common and often harmless, but can become a serious medical issue if left untreated. We are the only podiatry practice in the Hawthorne, NJ area to offer a groundbreaking laser procedure to treat fungal nails. Kesler Podiatry offers toenail fungus treatment to patients in Hawthorne as well as Wayne, Pompton Lakes, Franklin Lakes, Oakland, NJ, Wyckoff, Fair Lawn, Midland Park, North Haledon, West Caldwell, and Paterson.
Treatment Options for Toenail Fungus
If you suffer from diabetes or a circulatory disease, you should book an appointment immediately to avoid complications as a result of infections. Otherwise, non-prescription antifungal creams can be a good option if the infection is not severe.
If these fail to show results, the next step is often a topical prescription along with a simple in-office treatment to file away the dead layers of the nail. We may also test part of the nail to determine what type of fungus affecting the nails. If topical treatment does not work, we often use our groundbreaking laser therapy treatment. Another option is to remove the nail entirely.
After treatment, it can take 12-18 months for a nail to grow out and look normal again. In the meantime, keeping your feet clean and dry, wearing shower shoes in pools and locker rooms, changing socks and shoes daily, wearing breathable shoes and socks, and keeping nails short and straight is important. Kesler Podiatry provides a variety of treatment options to patients living in Hawthorne, Wayne, Pompton Lakes, Franklin Lakes, Oakland, NJ, Wyckoff, Fair Lawn, Midland Park, North Haledon, West Caldwell, and Paterson.