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PACT Fungal Nail Treatment

PACT Fungal Nail Treatment

If you suffer from fungal nails and are after an alternative to over the counter medications and topical solutions, consider PACT laser therapy for nail fungus. At Mint Footcare Podiatry our skilled podiatrists deliver this safe and highly effective fungal nail treatment to a wide range of patients who are impacted by this ailment. Even the most severe cases are suitable for PACT laser treatment. Call us on 07 3709 1397 to find out more about this service.

What is Toenail Fungus?

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the toenails and fingernails but is more common in toenails. It may involve the matrix, bed, or plate. Onychomycosis can cause pain, discomfort, and disfigurement which can be exacerbated by footwear, activity, and improper trimming of the nails. Fungal toenails occur when fungus infects a broken or damaged nail plate or skin under the nail plate. It is contagious and can spread to other toenails and surrounding skin.

Treatment with topical solutions can be challenging with daily or weekly topical solutions needed for a number of months or even years in some patients. The on-going cost of topical solutions may not be cost effective in the long term. Oral medications are the most effective, but these drugs can have considerable adverse liver or kidney effects and medication interactions in high risk populations such as children, the elderly and patients with underlying systemic disease.

With all this in mind, many people who suffer from this look for an alternative solution, and PACT laser nail fungus therapy may be the best treatment for toenail fungus.

PACT Laser Therapy in Nail Fungus

What is PACT Laser Treatment for Nail Fungus?

PACT® is an abbreviation for the scientific term Photodynamic Antimicrobial Therapy. This revolutionary method of treatment uses a combination of a sensitising drug and visible light which causes selective destruction of bacteria, viruses and fungi on skin surfaces and toenails without any damaging side effects, making this technology possibly the best fungal nail treatment in Australia.

How does PACT Laser Work?

Photodynamic Antimicrobial Therapy (PACT) involves the interaction of light with a photosensitive agent, light and oxygen to produce singlet oxygen molecules. These molecules induce fungal cell death without affecting surrounding tissue, making it 100% safe!

What to Expect During the Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation, the podiatrists at our Wynnum clinic will firstly assess your toenails and confirm the diagnosis of a nail fungus infection. Nail clippings, scrapings and debris samples can also be referred to a pathology laboratory to confirm a fungal infection.

The severity of your nail fungus infection will then be graded using the Onychomycosis Severity Index (OSI). Our podiatrists will then discuss the best nail fungus treatment options available. If PACT is indicated, our podiatrists will formulate a treatment plan and advise you of the number of sessions required to give the best possible outcome.

Once a treatment plan has been prescribed and the procedure explained, the following treatment regime will occur during the initial consultation:

  • Our podiatrists will firstly reduce the thickness of the nail and remove as much of the infected fungal nail as possible.
  • A urea cream will be applied to the infected toenails with a film dressing. This will help soften the nail, making it more permeable to the PACT nail fungus Gel that will be applied during the subsequent PACT Therapy consultation. You will be given a sample of urea cream to take home to apply for a further two days.

Foot Nails PACT Therapy Consultation

What Does a PACT Therapy Consultation Involve?

After the initial consultation and application of urea cream, the PACT fungal nail treatment can take place in our podiatry clinic in Wynnum. This consultation involves the following:

  • The film dressing and urea are removed
  • Our podiatrists will further reduce the thickness of the nail and remove as much of the infected fungal nail as possible.
  • A special PACT nail fungus gel is then applied to the nail and left to absorb for 10 minutes. This gel stains the fungal cells making them sensitive to the light emitted by the scientifically tested PACT LED lamp. The nail retains a blue discolouration after treatment that will fade in up to one week.
  • The PACT LED light is applied for 9.5 minutes, penetrating the nail and destroying the fungal cells.

PACT Fungail Nail Treatment Step by Step

How Many PACT Fungal Nail Treatments are Required?

The total number of PACT treatments required will depend on the severity of fungal infection. The severity can be broken down into mild, moderate or severe.

However, all cases require 3 initial appointments (sessions) within seven to fourteen days apart from each other within a one month period. At each appointment, the fungal infected nail is reduced in thickness, the blue dye is applied, and a 10 minute period is allowed for the dye to penetrate the nail. The PACT light source is then applied with a silicone shield to protect the surrounding areas for 9.5 minutes.

Clinically, it appears to be 80% successful, which is equivalent to laser treatment. Mild cases may require 1 – 3 monthly follow up treatments, while moderate may require 3-6 months of follow up treatments.  Severe cases require 2 weeks to monthly follow up treatments. However, the number of treatments required is based on a case by case basis.

Mild Fungal Nail Infection

  • 3 x PACT therapy consultations within 7-14 days apart in one month
  • 1 x 1 Month PACT therapy consultation
  • 1 x 3 Month PACT therapy consultation

Moderate Fungal Nail Infection

  • 3 x PACT therapy consultations within 7-14 days apart in one month
  • 1 x 1 Month PACT therapy consultation
  • 5 x 1 Month PACT therapy consultation

Severe Fungal Nail Infection

  • 3 x PACT therapy consultations within 7-14 days apart in one month
  • 1 x 2 week PACT therapy consultation
  • 9 x 1 Month PACT therapy consultation

Are There Any Side Effects?

PACT fungal nail treatment is 100% safe with no known contra-indications, making it the best toenail fungus treatment alternative to oral medication. Repeated exposure to the light does not produce any adverse effects. There is no pain or heat emitted. Following a PACT therapy treatment session, the nail will retain a blue discolouration. This will vanish soon after treatment but in rare cases may remain for up to one week.

What is the Cost of Toenail Fungus Treatment in Australia?

The initial three minimum consultations are packaged for $389.95 for one nail. This cost follows from an initial consultation to assess and diagnose the fungal nail infection. Follow up consultations can be purchased in packages of three for $389.95 or individually for $159.95.


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