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More than 1.5 million Australians suffer from fungal nail infections every year, so you’re not alone. The PACT® fungal nail treatment in Brisbane offers an innovative solution if you’re struggling with fungal nail infections. This article explores the PACT fungal nail treatment at Align HC, as well as PACT’s technology, effectiveness, and comparison with other treatment options available in Brisbane.
What is PACT Fungal Nail Treatment?
Photodynamic Antimicrobial Therapy (PACT) is an advanced treatment for fungal nail infections. The PACT method uses a photosensitive gel and a high-wavelength LED light. When applied to the affected area, the gel is activated by the LED light, which destroys the fungal cells causing the infection. Studies suggest PACT has a high success rate for fungal nail infections; for instance, One Australian study showed over 80% clearance of fungal infection after just four treatments.Book an Appointment
How Does PACT Treat Fungal Nail Infections?
PACT penetrates the nail plate and infiltrates the nail bed, effectively eradicating the fungus causing the infection.
Before the PACT treatment, your podiatrist will remove any excess nail material, but they will try to keep as much healthy nail as possible. Then the photosensitive gel is applied. When the gel is activated by the light, it releases energy to generate oxygen free radicals. This kills the fungal cells without affecting the surrounding tissue.
The treatment takes around 10 minutes per infected nail – it is quick, painless, and safe with no side effects.
PACT is an effective solution for fungal nail infections. Get treated at Align HC in South Brisbane and Indooroopilly, QLD, where our seasoned podiatrists provide extensive care for a wide spectrum of foot concerns.
Benefits of PACT for Fungal Nail Treatment
PACT offers several advantages over traditional fungal nail treatments. Here are some key benefits:
- High effectiveness: Studies show PACT has a high success rate, often exceeding 80% after a course of treatment. This compares favourably to topical nail lacquers and oral medications, which can be less effective and have limitations.
- Targeted and localised: PACT directly targets the fungus without harming the healthy nail. This is quite different from some topical and oral treatments, which can have side effects like skin irritation or liver damage.
- Non-invasive and pain-free: PACT involves applying a gel and shining a light, making it a comfortable and pain-free experience. This is in contrast to some laser treatments, which can be uncomfortable and require local anaesthesia.
- Faster treatment: PACT treatment sessions are typically shorter than traditional laser treatments, often only taking around 10 to 20 minutes per session. This can be a significant advantage for those who prefer a quicker treatment process.
- Few side effects: PACT is generally well-tolerated with minimal side effects. Some people may experience temporary minor reactions, like skin tingling or discomfort, but these typically resolve quickly.
- Suitable for various patients: PACT is safe for most individuals, including those with diabetes or other health conditions, who may not be suitable candidates for other treatments.
- No drug interactions: PACT is a good option for those taking other medications as it does not interact with any.
- Potentially cost-effective: While the initial cost of PACT may be higher than some topical treatments, its effectiveness and lack of side effects can make it more cost-effective in the long run.
- Improved appearance: With successful treatment, PACT can lead to healthier, clearer nails, improving their appearance and function.
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How Often Should I Get PACT Fungal Nail Treatment?
Depending on your diagnosis, you may need to start your treatment with 3 PACT sessions in a week, or 3 sessions over 3 to 4 weeks. Your podiatrist will develop a personalised treatment plan for you based on the initial examination and consultation. Your plan may also be updated, depending on the progress of the treatment and the response of the affected nail. In general, the treatment plan involves multiple sessions to achieve the desired outcome.
We’ve summarised a basic treatment plan below; however, it’s important to note that your PACT fungal nail treatment will be based on your unique needs.
- Standard protocol: Generally, the initial phase involves 3 sessions within a week, spaced a few days apart (e.g., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). This allows for effective targeting of the active fungal spores.
- Severe infections: In severe cases, your podiatrist may recommend additional initial sessions.
Follow-Up and Maintenance
- One month later: A follow-up treatment is typically recommended 1 month after the initial phase.
- Further treatments: Based on your progress and the severity of the infection, your podiatrist may advise further treatments spaced out at longer intervals (e.g., every 4 to 12 weeks).
How Does Fungal Nail Infection Develop?
Fungal nail infections, also known as onychomycosis, often develop in moist and warm environments, such as sweaty shoes, which contribute to the growth and spread of fungus on the toenails. The fungus thrives in the nail bed and can cause thickening, discolouration, and a distorted appearance of the nail.
Causes of Fungal Toenail Infection
Fungal toenail infections are frequently caused by the overgrowth of dermatophytes, yeast, or moulds. The development of a fungal toenail infection often boils down to two key elements: fungal exposure and conditions favourable for fungal growth. Around 10% of Australians experience a fungal infection each year, according to the National Health and Medical Research Council. Below is a breakdown of the main causes:
- Environment: Fungi exist naturally in our surroundings, particularly in warm, moist areas like locker rooms, gyms, and swimming pools. Walking barefoot in these places increases the risk of fungal spores entering cracks in your nails or surrounding skin.
- Athlete’s foot: If you have athlete’s foot, the same fungus can easily spread to your toenails, leading to an infection.
Conditions Favouring Fungal Growth
Warm, moist feet
Wearing shoes that don’t breathe or sweaty socks for extended periods creates an ideal environment for fungal growth.
Injuries, trauma, or existing nail conditions like psoriasis can create entry points for fungi.
Not drying your feet properly after showering or swimming can leave them damp and vulnerable to fungal infections.
Underlying health conditions
Diabetes, weakened immune system, and poor circulation can interfere with your body’s ability to fight off fungal infections.
As we age, our nails grow slower and become thicker, which makes them more prone to fungal infections.
Symptoms of Fungal Toenail Infection
Common symptoms include nail discolouration, nail thickening, crumbling at the edges, and distortion of the nail shape.
Available Treatment Plans and Options in Brisbane
In Brisbane, podiatrists offer a range of treatment plans for fungal nail infections. Alongside PACT treatment, other options such as laser therapy and comprehensive treatment approaches are available.
Exploring laser treatment as an option for fungal nail infection
Laser treatment is a possible option for fungal nail infection. Lunula cold lasers treat nail and skin disorders and fungal infections. However, laser treatment has not been approved for treating fungal nail infections.
Infected nails and skin are treated with alternating vertical and horizontal laser passes. This is repeated many times to cover all affected areas. Multiple therapy sessions can last for 1 hour, but the session length depends on how many toes need treatment.
Notably, laser treatment does not prevent re-infection, and there is little evidence showing long-term benefits as most studies only follow patients for 3 months.
Considerations for a Comprehensive Treatment Approach in Brisbane
Align HC in Brisbane offers comprehensive podiatric services, including innovative treatments for foot and lower limb conditions. We also provide payment plans to help with the cost of your healthcare. Our podiatrists are committed to providing the best care possible, which we do through personalised treatment plans.
With multiple clinics in Brisbane, including South Brisbane and Indooroopilly, Align HC is dedicated to providing expert podiatric services throughout Brisbane and Australia.
If you are looking for a comprehensive treatment approach for foot and lower limb conditions in Brisbane, Align HC’s podiatrists will be able to help!
Explore Our Podiatrist Resources:
At Align Health Collective Indooroopilly, we are devoted to providing you with comprehensive information to help you understand various podiatric conditions and treatments better. We invite you to explore our rich resource of articles that could align with your interests and needs:
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Frequently Asked Questions PACT Fungal Nail Treatment
How long does a PACT fungal nail treatment session take?
On average, the session can be as short as 10 minutes. The length of your PACT fungal nail treatment session will be based on the severity of the fungal nail.
Is PACT fungal nail treatment suitable for everyone?
In general, yes. PACT fungal nail treatment is a suitable option for people seeking podiatry solutions for nail fungus. However, you should consult with your podiatrist to find out whether the treatment suits your particular needs.
How long does it take for the nail to recover after PACT fungal nail treatment?
Recovery can take anywhere from 2 months to 12 months, depending on your infection. Your recovery time will also be affected by how closely you follow your aftercare instructions, as well as your overall health.
Can PACT fungal nail treatment be combined with other nail fungus treatments?
Depending on the specific case, PACT fungal nail treatment can be used with other antifungal treatments, such as nail lacquers or antifungal nail gel. Your podiatrist will make sure you’re using the most effective approach for your individual situation.