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Nail Fungus Specialist

Richmond Podiatry Associates

Podiatry & Diabetic Wound Care Specialists located in Staten Island, NY

If you’re struggling with nail fungus, you’ve no doubt discovered it’s a tenacious condition that can wreak havoc on your nails. At Dr. Tek Footcare in the Staten Island, New York, area, Tekchand Thakurdial, DPM, routinely treats problems like toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, and dermatitis, all conditions that aren’t terribly dangerous, but they can cause discomfort and a fair amount of frustration. For relief from your fungal issues, as well as dermatitis, call or use the online scheduling tool.

Nail Fungus Q & A

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus, which is also called onychomycosis, is a fungal infection that gets into your toenails and can cause the complete loss of your toenail if it progresses unchecked. The fungus typically starts out as a small discoloration — a white or yellow spot — on your nail. As it progresses, it can lead to toenails that are:

  • Dry and brittle
  • Thickened
  • Yellow
  • Crumbly
  • Separated from your nail beds

The fungus can spread to other nails, which is why early intervention is key.

What is athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that affects the skin around and in between your toes. The hallmarks of athlete’s foot are:

  • A red, scaly rash
  • Itchiness
  • Blisters in extreme cases

Athlete’s foot can spread throughout your toes, which is why, here again, prompt treatment with Dr. Tek is key.

What causes fungal infections?

Both toenail fungus and athlete’s foot are caused by fungi that thrive in damp, dark environments, such as locker rooms, swimming areas, and sweaty gym clothes. The fungal infection can be passed through towels, socks, and public areas where you may be going barefoot.

How are fungal infections treated?

If you have toenail fungus, Dr. Tek examines the affected toenails and performs a biopsy on the nail to confirm the presence of the fungus. If he confirms a fungal infection, he typically prescribes an antifungal medication, which should clear up the infection. 

It’s important to note that once your nails succumb to the infection, you need to wait for your toenails to grow out before you fully regain healthy toenails.

What is dermatitis?

Dermatitis in your feet may present like athlete’s foot, with a red, scaly rash, but if there’s no presence of a fungus, it likely means you’re dealing with an allergic reaction, eczema, or psoriasis. There are generally two types of contact dermatitis: non-immunologic or immunologic. 

With the first, an irritant causes the reaction, while the second stems from an immunologic response in your body to an allergen.

How is dermatitis treated?

If you have a rash on your feet, Dr. Tek first diagnoses the problem by finding out what’s causing the reaction. Once he identifies the culprit, or allergen, he treats the immediate reaction and comes up with a treatment plan to avoid future problems with dermatitis.

To learn more about treating toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, and dermatitis, call Dr. Tek Footcare or use the online scheduling tool.