Nobody wants to talk about it, but toenail fungus can be an irritating – even debilitating – condition that can curtail your confidence. In best-case scenarios, toenail fungus can make it embarrassing to go barefoot in the company of others. In rare, worst-case scenarios, untreated fungus can warp the toenail to the point where it becomes difficult or painful for a person to wear closed-toed shoes.
Toenail fungus is caused by the same fungi that leads to jock itch, athlete’s foot, and other similar skin conditions. Fungus thrives in a warm, wet environment – precisely the type of conditions present under a toenail. Once it has infected the toenail, fungus continues to grow and flourish, often producing the following symptoms:
- Yellow toenail
- Unusually thick toenail
- Misshapen toenail
- Pain when touching the infected nail
- Pain when wearing shoes
Fortunately, there’s a non-surgical solution for individuals who suffer from these conditions – the Candela Gentlemax Pro, available here at Belle Vie Wellness & Medical Aesthetics!
This FDA-approved technology eliminates the need for potentially harmful oral medications because it can target and eliminate toenail fungus within one treatment. Laser treatment is surprisingly simple – heat energy works to target and kill the fungus growing underneath the nail. While fungus is no match for the heat energy, the laser technology works to ensure that surrounding healthy tissue is left unharmed.
The procedure is straightforward and efficient, as it typically takes about 15-30 minutes. Patients experience a warming sensation, but it shouldn’t be painful. Gradual improvement in the nail will be seen as it grows out, which usually takes about 3 months. Once the nail has grown out, patients will return for an assessment to determine if any repeat treatment is needed.
Following treatment, it is important to disinfect anything that may have come in contact with the toenail fungus. That includes shoes, socks, and other items that have regular interaction with your feet. It’s recommended that patients wear clean flip-flops after their treatment so as not to re-infect the toenail.
Patients may want to consider a laser treatment – like with the Candela Gentlemax Pro – if they’re concerned about how oral medications might affect their liver. Many medications for fungal infections – including ringworm, jock itch, and athlete’s foot – can be difficult for the liver to tolerate and process.
Don’t let toenail fungus stop you from living your best life. To learn if the Candela Gentlemax Pro is the right non-surgical solution for you, schedule a consultation at Belle Vie Wellness & Medical Aesthetics in Cerritos, CA. Call us at (562) 865-0802.