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PACT to the Rescue of Fungal Nails!

Physio&SoleClinic Podiatry April 18 2016

Overview

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection that affects either the fingernails or toenails. Fungal infections normally develop over time, so any immediate difference in the way your nail looks or feels may be too subtle to notice at first.

A fungal nail infection occurs from the overgrowth of fungi in, under, or on the nail. Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments.

 

Why do fungi develop?

Fungi that are already present on your body can cause nail infections. If you have come in contact with someone else who has a fungal infection, it may spread to you. Fungal infections affect toenails more commonly than fingernails because your toes are usually confined to your shoes, where they’re in a warm, moist environment – perfect for fungi to thrive.

 

Symptoms

PACT - Fungus Increasing Severity - The Sole Clinic

Visible signs of a fungal nail infection include:

  • Scaling under the nail.
  • White or yellow streaks on the nail.
  • Crumbling corner or tip of the nail.
  • Flaking white areas on the nail’s surface, which may include pits in the nail
  • The appearance of yellow spots at the bottom of the nail.
  • Loss of nail

 

Treatment

Over-the-counter products can treat nail infections but they do not provide reliable results. Sometimes, your doctor may prescribe an oral antifungal medication but these can cause severe side effects.

At Physio & Sole Clinic, we are one of only a few clinics that offer the PACT® therapy in Singapore. PACT® is an abbreviation for the scientific term ‘Photodynamic Antimicrobial Therapy’. This revolutionary method of treatment effectively kills off bacteria, viruses and fungi on skin surfaces and toenails! Most importantly, PACT can eliminate the stubborn fungus from nail beds and allow the nail to adhere to the nail bed again, effectively sealing the nail from recurring nail infections. This is very different from what conventional treatments offer 

 

How does PACT work?

PACT - Photodynamic Therapy - The Sole Clinic

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) involves the interaction of light, a photosensitive agent and oxygen to produce a local chemical effect. This photochemical reaction induces fungal cell death without affecting surrounding tissue, meaning it is 100% completely safe!

What does fungal nail treatment with PACT involve?

A PACT nail fungus treatment session will involve:

  1. Our podiatrist confirming the diagnosis of nail fungus and checking your suitability for PACT treatment.
  2. Trimming, filing and removing all of the infected nail.
  3. Applying a gel to the nail, which is left to absorb for 10 minutes. This gel stains the fungal cells, making them sensitive to the light emitted by the PACT LED lamp.
  4. The PACT LED light is applied for 9.5 minutes, penetrating the nail and destroying the fungal cells.

 

Some of our success cases

Our patients normally come in after all other kinds of treatment have failed. Their fungal problems have plagued them for many years. PACT has proven to be highly effective in treating fungal nail infections.

PACT Fungal Problem  PACT - Fungal Problem by Month - The Sole Clinic

20 year old fungal problem
PACT - 20 year old Fungal Problem - The Sole Clinic

PACT Fungal Problem Progressive - The Sole Clinic

Does PACT Nail Fungus Therapy have any side effects?

PACT nail fungus therapy is 100% safe with no known contra-indications. Repeated exposure to the light does not cause any adverse effects. Following a PACT therapy treatment session, the nail will retain a blue discolouration which should vanish within a week of treatment.

Come in to our clinic and have our podiatrists take a look at your toenails and assess if you are suitable for this therapy!

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