A fungus is an organism that lives in warm moist areas. Fungus of the toenails is a common problem that can affect people of all ages, although it most commonly affects individuals who are older.

Toenail fungus often begins as an infection in the skin called tinea pedis (also known as athlete’s foot). The fungus often starts under the nail fold at the end of the nail. Over time it grows underneath the nail and causes changes to its appearance, such as a yellow or brownish discoloration. It can also cause thickening and deformity of the toenail.

Many people have difficulty with their toenails and need assistance in caring for them. Our doctor’s can diagnose the cause of toenail problems and recommend treatments.


Keryflex is now being offered by Dr. Smielewski at the Buffalo Grove location. It is one of the
newest innovations in nail care. The restoration system uses high quality synthetic resins. The
resins are flexible, durable and adapt to moving toes. It is a cosmetic approach to managing a
damaged , thick, or fungal nail. The treatment is applied in office. Once completed activity,
shoes and polishing may be resumed immediately. Typical application will last for up to 8
weeks before new regrowth, where it can then be removed and reapplied. Call today to for a
consultation to see if you are a candidate.


We also offer Dr’s Remedy anti fungal all natural nail polishes in avast array of colors as well as
top coats and base coats. Dr. Remedy’s polishes have tea tree oil, vitamins, and garlic bulb
extract, which is a natural antifungal. There is also a non acetone nail polish remover available.