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Fungal infection of the nail may result in changes in the nails appearance: This can include yellowing, thickening, roughness, or crumbling of the nail, streaks or marks down the side of the nail, and occasionally total loss of the nail. Toenail colour can vary from brown to yellow or white. These changes may be superficial or under the nail


Treatment

Nail fungus can be very difficult to eradicate.   As such, prevention is always better than a cure. If you do develop toenail fungus, call Friendly Feet Podiatry. We can take a sample for analysis, reduce or file off as much of the infected nail as possible and recommend what sort of treatment is best for your type of onychomycosis. 
Medicated nail solutions traditionally prescribed have very low success rates due to compliance. 
Oral anti-fungal medications can have side effects, including liver toxicity and also have limited effectiveness. 

There is now an alternative in treatment………Photodynamic Therapy (PACT®).
What is PACT Nail Fungus Therapy?
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, toenails and fingernails!  
How does PACT work?
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!  



Tips
  • Avoid Nail Salons that re-use their nail cutting instruments or nail files. Instruments should be sterilized using an autoclave and not simply placed in a disinfectant solution.
  • If you suspect that you have toenail fungus, it is generally recommended that you see your podiatrist before it spreads to other toes.
  • How to prevent fungus coming back? The most common cause of re-infection is from live fungi living in your shoes we recommand using antifungal powder.  

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