PACT – A Revolutionary Solution for Fungal Nail Treatment
In our ongoing pursuit to provide the best possible care, we introduce you to an innovative and effective treatment called PACT – Laser Fungal Nail Treatment. Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a common condition that affects millions worldwide.
Understanding Nail Fungus
Nail fungus is a contagious fungal infection that affects both toenails and fingernails, but it is more prevalent in the former due to the warm, moist environment inside shoes. The condition occurs when fungi, such as dermatophytes, yeasts, or moulds, invade the nails, leading to their discoloration, thickening, and often causing discomfort. Common symptoms include a yellow or brownish appearance, brittleness, and in severe cases, pain and foul odour.
Causes of Nail Fungus
Nail fungus is a result of several contributing factors. The most common causes include:
- Warm and Humid Environment: Fungi thrive in warm, moist conditions, making public pools, communal showers, and sweaty shoes breeding grounds for infection.
- Weakened Immune System: Individuals with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to fungal infections.
- Age: As we age, our nails become more vulnerable to infections due to a decrease in blood circulation and slower nail growth.
- Trauma: Injuries to the nails can create openings for fungi to enter and infect the nail bed.
PACT – A Breakthrough in Laser Fungal Nail Treatment
Photodynamic Antimicrobial Therapy (PACT) is an advanced and revolutionary solution for treating nail fungus. It combines the use of a photosensitizing agent and a low-power laser to target and eliminate the fungal infection effectively. The process is minimally invasive, painless, and has shown remarkable success rates.
How PACT Works
Application of Photosensitizer: During the PACT procedure, a photosensitising agent is applied to the affected nails. This agent is selectively absorbed by the fungal cells, leaving the healthy surrounding tissues unharmed.
Activation with Low-Power Laser: After a short incubation period, a low-power laser is used to activate the photosensitizer. When the laser light interacts with the photosensitizer, it releases reactive oxygen species, which specifically target and destroy the fungal cells.
Infection Eradication: The reactive oxygen species generated by the activated photosensitizer penetrate the infected nail, neutralising the fungi at its source. As a result, the fungal infection is eradicated, promoting healthy nail regrowth.
A Typical PACT Treatment Plan
The PACT treatment plan varies depending on the severity of the infection and the number of affected nails. Generally, a typical treatment plan may include:
Consultation: The first step is an initial consultation with our podiatrist, who will assess your condition and determine if PACT treatment is suitable for you.
Treatment Sessions: PACT treatment is typically administered in multiple sessions, spaced a few weeks apart. This approach allows for gradual improvement and ensures complete eradication of the infection.
Follow-up Care: After the treatment sessions are completed, regular follow-up visits are essential to monitor your progress and address any concerns.
Preventing Fungal Nail Infections
Prevention is always better than cure, and this holds true for fungal nail infections. Here are some practical tips to help you keep your nails healthy and fungus-free:
- Maintain Good Hygiene: Keep your feet clean and dry, especially after exposure to moist environments like swimming pools or communal showers.
- Proper Footwear: Wear breathable and moisture-wicking socks and shoes that allow air circulation, reducing the risk of fungal growth.
- Avoid Sharing Personal Items: Refrain from sharing towels, socks, or shoes with others to minimise the risk of cross-contamination.
- Trim Nails Properly: Cut your nails straight across and avoid cutting too close to the skin to prevent small cuts that could lead to infection.
- Use Antifungal Sprays or Powders: If you are prone to fungal infections, consider using antifungal sprays or powders on your feet and inside your shoes.
How often will I need treatment?
The number of treatment sessions a patient needs can vary based on the level and severity of the fungus being treated. The best thing to do would be to book in for a consultation so we can assess your nails and give a guideline based on your particular case.
How much time does the appointment take?
This varies depending on the amount of toes you need treating. The podiatrist will apply a blue gel to the affected toenail(s) which is left for 10 minutes ahead of treatment, then each toenail is treated with the PACT light for 10 minutes per toe being treated. So if there is only one nail that is concerning you it could take as little as 20 minutes!
How much will each treatment cost me?
For the above reasons, it is not something we can accurately quote without our podiatrists assessing your toenail. We are always transparent with our patients about costs, so when you come in for your consultation the podiatrist will be able to go through the expected costs based on your particular case. Treatment starts at as little as $60 per session.
Are toe fungal infections contagious?
Toe fungal infections are indeed contagious. They can spread through contact with contaminated surfaces like towels and clothing. It is not uncommon to start with one infected toenail that spreads to the others with time. During your appointment with our podiatrist, they will discuss what the best maintenance is to ensure you have the knowledge and tools to stay fungus free once your treatment is finished.
At our podiatry clinic, we understand the impact that nail fungus can have on your daily life and self-confidence. With PACT – Laser Fungal Nail Treatment, we offer you a cutting-edge solution that delivers impressive results in combating nail fungus effectively. By understanding the causes and prevention methods, you can take charge of your foot health and minimise the risk of fungal nail infections.
Remember, early intervention is key, so consult a podiatrist at the first sign of toenail fungus to ensure a prompt and successful recovery. If you are experiencing toenail fungus and would like to visit us for Toe Nail Fungus Treatment in Melbourne, please call 03 9878 4566 or email [email protected] and we can book you in for a consultation in the closest clinic location that suits you; Blackburn, Melbourne CBD, Newport, Caroline Springs or Springvale.
Please make an initial appointment with our Podiatrist. They will assess and diagnose your toenails and see if your nails are suitable for nail fungus therapy. If your nails are suitable they will explain the treatment process in detail, structure your treatment plan and schedule your nail treatments.
Contact us today to begin your path to beautifully healthy nails!