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The Sciton® ClearSense™ Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus

Sciton® ClearSense™ toenail fungus laser treatment is a revolutionary new procedure that cures most toenail fungus infections in just one 15-20 minute session. It is far safer than the dangerous medications being prescribed as toenail fungus cures. The procedure involves a technician meticulously treating each infected area of your toenail to kill the living fungus with a laser beam that neither cuts nor burns. Most people feel no pain. Some people feel a warm sensation and very few feel a pinprick.

ClearSense is an easy treatment to perform; the laser technology heats the nail and the nail bed with laser energy resulting in a decrease of nail fungus and an increase in the growth of clear nails. The treatment involves passing the laser beam over the infected nails and surrounding skin. The treatment is repeated until enough energy has reached the nail bed and the desired temperature is reached.

Most infections improve after one 15-20 minute treatment. Immediately following treatment, no visual change in the nail will be detected, as it takes time for the clear nail to grow out. The number of treatments will vary depending on the severity of the nail fungus but can range from 1-4 treatments.

No significant side effects have been reported and patients may resume normal activities immediately.

The Symptoms of Onychomycosis and Foot or Toenail Fungus

Onychomycosis is the medical term for toenail fungus infection. It is the most common tonail disorder and makes up nearly 50 percent of all toenail problems. This condition affects both toenails and fingernails, however toenail infections are far more common. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, onychomycosis affects 12 percent of all Americans. Onychomycosis is caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes, and is also known as tinea unguium or tinea of the nails.

The symptoms of toenail fungus are the nail plate having a thickened, yellow, or cloudy appearance. The toenails may become rough, ragged, brittle and possibly crumble, or separate from the nail bed, clinically known as onycholysis. When the infection is severe, nails can be distorted in shape or display a dark color caused by build up of debris under the nail. However, unless the disease is particularly severe, pain is usually not a symptom of toenail fungus, and the symptoms are more usually visual or smell oriented. Toenail fungus infections often follow fungal infection of your feet. Toe fungus with tiny white or yellow spots under the tip of your nails are often first signs of nail fungus. If a nail fungus is left untreated, it can persist indefinitely. See your doctor at the first sign of nail fungus.

Fungal skin infections of your feet is more commonly referred to as Athlete’s foot. In medical terms, it is tinea pedis. Athletes’s foot is contagious and can be passed on in direct contact in showers or locker rooms, areas of prolong period of dampness where fungus tends to thrive. The most common symptom is cracked, flaky, peeling skin around the foot or between the toes, with or without associated itchiness and redness. Other symptoms may also include burning, blistering, oozing, or crusting. Treatment of associated skin fungus is often a preventive measure to avert future nail fungus reinfections.