PACT Therapy for Fungal Nails
Please be aware that some of our treatments include both a service claim and a product claim with your health insurer. Please check with your insurer for your benefits. Our staff will happily let you know which codes we use for claiming for your chosen treatment on 8645 9800.
Fungal nails can be an embarrassing, unsightly and painful condition, as well as being annoying to treat. Treatment typically involves daily application of a topical nail lacquer, which may take months and even years to treat. Oral antifungal medications can be prescribed by a GP however they are not suited to everybody and come with some known side effects.
Podiatry HQ is excited to announce that we are now offering a new alternative to treating unsightly fungal toe nails. The PACT system is a photodynamic therapy, which has been used successfully in many areas of medicine.
How does PACT Therapy work?
The gel is selectively taken up by the fungal cells. With the application of the LED light these cells are activated from a stable ‘ground’ state to an ‘excited’ state. It is during the return to the ‘ground’ state that energy is released and transferred into oxygen creating reactive oxygen species (ROS). It is these ROS which mediate the cellular toxic reactions, destroying the fungal cells. As the nail cells do not take up the gel the healthy nail remains unaffected by the treatment.
How many treatments do I require?
The number and frequency of treatments will be determined by your podiatrist, who will take into consideration:
- The severity of the infection
- The duration of the infection
- The total number of nails affected
- Response to previous treatments (if applicable)
A 3 month , 6 month and 12month follow up is required to determine the effectiveness of the treatment, and whether any further treatments are required.
What can I expect during and after the treatment?
A mild warming sensation may be experienced during the application of the LED light.
The nail retains a blue discolouration that will vanish soon after treatment, however in rare cases it may remain for up to one week.
Is PACT Therapy safe?
There are no known contra-indications of the PACT photodynamic system. In rare cases an allergic reaction to the ingredients in the gel may take place.
PACT photodynamic therapy is safe to use whilst pregnant and breastfeeding.
To commence PACT Therapy for Fungal Nails we will need to assess your condition first. For a consultation simply call our clinic on (03) 8645 9800 or,