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Toe Fungus

With Sciton ClearToe and ClearSense technologies, nail fungus can easily be a thing of the past. In ten minutes, all ten toes can be treated for indications including onychomycosis, periungual warts, subungual warts, plantar warts, and foot neuromas. A ten-minute treatment is all it takes to get clear nails.

The Root of the Problem

ClearSense technology gets down to the root causes of fungal nails. Many different conditions can increase the risk of fungal nail infections. Fungus thrives in wet moist areas causing fungi nail infections in even the healthiest of people. One only needs to be exposed to conditions such as gym showers, swimming pools or other moist areas with a lot of human traffic.

Nail salons without the necessary sanitization precautions for clippers, filers, and foot tubs can be another source.

Even at home, a family member may bring fungal infections home and infect home showers and tubs.

A common cause among athletes is the wearing of tight-fitting and sweaty shoes that cause repetitive trauma to the toenail thereby increasing the susceptibility to fungal nail infections. People that suffer from athlete’s foot are also more susceptible as the causative fungus may migrate to the toenails. The elderly and those with suppressed immune function are also at more risk.

All of these factors can create an environment for the most common type of fungus, Trichophyton rubrum, to flourish.

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Trichophyton Rubrum

The Trichophyton rubrum fungus is a dermatophyte. A dermatophyte is a type of fungus that infects the skin and nails. The common term “fungal nails” is medically known as onychomycosis. This is a general term for a fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails.

Onychomycosis is a nail infection that is usually caused by dermatophytes (e.g., Trichophyton Rubrum, Trichophyton Mentagrophytes). Besides dermatophytes, there are also other causes. Onychomycosis can also be caused by non-dermatophytic molds and certain yeasts (e.g., Candida Species). Once in contact with one of these possibilities, the nail fungus usually begins growing on the skin near the nail and then eventually enters the nail bed and nail plate.


Once the fungus enters the nail bed and plate it can cause changes in the nail’s appearance including symptoms such as thickening, flaking, and discoloration. Fungal nails may break easily, appear brittle, and separate from the nail bed. Such visual changes in a nail’s appearance are usually the first signs of fungal nails. These symptoms may also be accompanied by disfigurement and pain. These severe cases are not common and can cause problems with physical activities such as walking, exercising, and even standing.

The ClearSense Solution

ClearSense technology uses a laser for a non-invasive treatment of onychomycosis.

The use of a laser is good news to patients that are often faced with undesirable and ineffective treatment options such as topical antifungal creams. Such creams often fail to penetrate the nail adequately and fail to eradicate the fungus. Other treatments such as oral antifungals are often hepatotoxic and can result in liver damage.

ClearSense offers a safe, fast, non-toxic, and effective way to eradicate the fungus and facilitate the growth of healthy clear nails in a matter of minutes. ClearSense technology has no problem penetrating the nail through to the nail bed at the appropriate depth, applying heat that kills dermatophytes and allowing for the growth of clear healthy nails. The treatment is fast and takes only fifteen to twenty minutes. As an aside, ClearSense can also effectively treat warts and other related dermatologic conditions.

Adding to the effectiveness, ClearSense has integrated real-time temperature sensing in the range from 38 to 48 degrees centigrade. This provides instant audio and visual feedback to indicate that the optimal temperature for clinical efficacy has been reached while maintaining patient comfort. For added safety, the handpiece provides alerts to prevent overheating and blisters. This feature is particularly important for diabetics and patients with compromised sensation.

While the treatment works instantly, there is no immediate visual change due to the time it takes for new nail growth. Most nail infections improve considerably after one treatment. More severe infections may require up to four separate treatments.