Photodynamic Antimicrobial Therapy (PACT) is a revolutionary approach to treatment of fungal toenail infections. PACT treatment is a safe, painless, and effective treatment that destroys the nail fungus. The PACT treatment involves focussing a beam of high wavelength light on to the fungal infection.
The PACT approach utilises a combination of PACT Nail Fungus Gel and a PACT LED lamp. The affected nail is initially stained with PACT Gel, (photosensitiser) the gel is harmless to human cells and selectively targets fungi, making it sensitive to the specific wavelength of light used by the PACT Lamp. The PACT Lamp then focuses a high wavelength of light on to the fungus to destroy 99.9% of the infection and to prevent future regrowth. As the PACT Lamp has only been used to target the fungal infection, there is no damage caused to your skin or nail.
The PACT treatment is suitable for those with a mild to moderate fungal toenail infection. Once the infection is deemed as severe, and penetrating beyond the cuticle area, the effectiveness is reduced. This is because there is a significant portion of nail (the nail matrix/root) which lies underneath and behind the cuticle, this nail cannot be treated with the PACT as the light cannot shine directly on this area of nail.
In order to determine the extent and severity of your fungal nail infection, our podiatrist would first conduct an assessment of the affected region. A visual diagnosis can usually be given if the distinguishing signs of fungal nail infection are identified, the treatment options available would then be discussed with you after your appointment. During the first PACT appointment, the infected toenail will first be trimmed and filed. The thickened nail will then be reduced using a podiatry drill. Doing this allows the PACT Gel to efficiently penetrate the fungal cells, facilitating a more effective treatment. Treatment on each infected nail will last approximately 20 minutes per session. The first 10 minutes of the session will consist of a thorough application of PACT Gel to the infected nail; the following nine-and-a-half minutes will involve the PACT Lamp focusing beams of high wavelength light onto the infected area. The painless treatment allows you to continue with your activities of daily living as usual. This process is carried out three times within a 7-10 day period. A follow up appointment is recommended four to six weeks later, and then again six to eight weeks after that, five sessions is enough for most people but some may require further treatment. As with any course of treatment for an infection, it is imperative that this is completed. The healthy nail will then begin it's regrowth infection free. It can take 12 months for a whole toenail to regrow, although nail growth rates do varies from person to person.
To prevent reinfection, it is important that you take the utmost care of your feet. Socks should be washed at temperatures above 60°C to prevent fungus from spawning, and shoes should be sprayed regularly with an antifungal spray for at least four weeks. Flip-flops should also be worn at the gym/swimming pool as this is where the fungus is commonly found.
PACT treatment has been found to be free of side effects. Some patients have noted a slight tingling feeling during PACT, but nothing that would cause pain. The PACT gel which is applied to the nail may cause a blue stain to the nail.
If you have a problem with your foot or lower limb, and you are unsure whether or not podiatry can help you, then why not contact us.
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