Get Rid of Nasty Toenail Fungus Before Sandal Season

Toenail fungus changes the appearance of your toenails for the worse in several ways. If you have a toenail fungus infection, you might notice nail discoloration, changes in the shape of your nails, or even unpleasant odors — not something you want to show off with your summer-season footwear!

It might still feel like the dead of winter outside, but now is a great time to start on getting your feet ready for sandal season. If you're dealing with a persistent fungal infection, it might take some time for your best results to appear once you begin treatment, so don't delay.

At Caring Podiatry, our compassionate team supports patients with a variety of foot problems, including fungal infections, from our offices in Monroe Township and Neptune, New Jersey. Learn more about our remarkable treatments.

Toenail fungus: Unpleasant and stubborn

There are lots of ways to pick up fungal infections under your toenails. Fungi can enter through any entry point in your skin, even just a little cut, and spread. Warm, moist environments like public showers provide fertile ground for infectious fungi including dermatophytes, the cause of athlete's foot.

Toenail fungus makes your nails brittle, warped, or discolored — they can be pale, darkened, or yellowish in color. Sometimes, the condition appears with pale or dark spots covering your nails. An infected nail might also give off an unpleasant odor due to the fungus trapped beneath it. As the infection advances, your nail separates from the nail bed, causing pain and irritation, and signs of infection like pus may appear in advanced cases.

Persistent fungal infections most typically show up under the nail of your big toe, but if left untreated, the fungus can spread to infect your other toenails as well. Seek treatment as soon as you notice symptoms of a toenail infection, as prompt care lessens the duration of the infection.

It can take months to see results from treatment. If you want to get back to showing off your toes in sandals this spring and summer, plan to start treatment soon.

Professional remedies beat over-the-counter options

You can try home remedies and over-the-counter treatments for toenail fungus, but they're likely to be ineffective in the long run. At Caring Podiatry, our experienced team offers professional treatment options that can clear up your fungal infection for good. We can also help you put together a care plan for nail trimming and grooming during the treatment and recovery process.


We often prescribe topical or oral antifungal medication like terbinafine (Lamisil®) or itraconazole (Sporanox®). We might need to receive lab results before we can begin medication. It can take 6-12 weeks to see your best results with antifungal medications. 

Laser therapy

The revolutionary Q-Clear™ laser therapy targets toenail fungus with bursts of energy to permanently destroy the fungus without harming your nails or skin. Each painless treatment takes about 10 minutes.

As a New Year 2020 special, we’re offering a package deal of three laser treatments for just $397. Book your treatment by Feb. 14, 2020, to lock in this special rate.

Revolutionary new treatment option: Tolcylen™

At Caring Podiatry, we now offer Tolcylen™ Antifungal/Nail Renewal Solution. This unique all-in-one system combines antifungal, cosmetic, and renewal treatment with a convenient applicator. Tolcylen is the first product to combine all of these functions.

We have seen significant improvement with this topical medication. Tolcylen works much more effectively than any other topical treatment on the market to treat stubborn toenail fungus. Easy-to-use Tolcylen heals your current infection and also prevents recurrence. 

The Caring Podiatry team of Craig Shapero, DPM, Andrew Schmierer, DPM, and Adnan Zubair, DPM can get you back on your feet in the struggle against toenail fungus. To schedule your initial consultation and get started with your toenail fungus treatment as soon as possible, call the location nearest you today, or use our online booking tool.

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