Fungal Nail Treatment
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail and is estimated to affect up 1.6 million Australians. Two currently available treatments include anti-fungal nail lacquers that are applied daily/weekly and prescribed oral medications. It can be frustrating to have to apply the lacquers daily/weekly, especially considering it takes three months to see improvement- given the slow growth of toenails. Reported success rate of nail lacquers is as low as 12%. Furthermore, prescribed oral medications can interact with other drugs and can produce adverse effects, making them unsuitable for some people and also only provide for a very low success rate.
Treatment with PACTmed
PACT is an abbreviation and a scientific term that stands for Photodynamic Antimicrobial Therapy. With this method, bacteria, viruses and fungi can be killed off effectively on skin surfaces and nails without pain.
How does PACT work?
Upon application of the PACT Fungal Nail Gel, the dye selectively targets the fungal cell walls making them sensitive to light. The fungal cells can then be destroyed upon exposure to light of a specific wavelength. This results in a chemical reaction that kills targeted cells without harming healthy tissue. Regular treatment protocols involve applying a urea based cream to the affected nail for 2 weeks (Note: The cream is available through the Gladesville Healthcare clinic). After this period, 3 treatment sessions are undertaken within a 14 day period. A 3 month review appointment is also recommended and further treatment sessions may be required, depending on the severity of your presentation. Currently, the research and clinic experience is demonstrating a success rate of between 60% and 70% in resolving fungal toe nail infections with PACTMed therapy.
If you are suffering from unsightly, fungal infected toenails request an appointment today for an assessment on your nails and a treatment plan.