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Fungal nail infection
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail and is estimated to affect up to 1.6 million Australians. Topical solutions applied daily or weekly can be frustrating and only have a small success rate. Oral medication is more effective but not everyone can take them and they can produce nasty side effects. Laser therapy is a more recent treatment that has shown good success but it is expensive. There is now an alternative in treatment………Photodynamic Therapy.
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!  
What does fungal nail treatment with PACT involve?
A single PACT nail fungus treatment session will involve the following:

  • Our podiatrists will firstly debride and remove all of the infected nail.

  • A special PACT nail fungus gel is then applied to the nail and left to absorb for 10 minutes. This gel stains the fungal cells making them sensitive to the light emitted by the scientifically tested PACT LED lamp.

  • The PACT LED light is applied for 9.5 minutes penetrating the nail and destroying the fungal cells.


For successful treatment of a single nail (with mild Infection) 4 x 30 minute consultations is required as follows:
3 x initial treatments in the 1st week
1 x treatment review after 3 months


For moderate to severe single nail Infection requires more frequent consultations
3 x initial treatments in the 1st week
1 x follow up treatment every month (depends on severity)
1 x treatment review after 3 months
A final review
/ repeat treatment may be required at 6 months for severe fungal nail infections. In some cases 6 monthly treatments may be required for prophylaxis.

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 produce any adverse effects. Following a PACT therapy treatment session the nail will retain a blue discolouration. This will vanish soon after treatment but in rare cases may remain for up to one week.

How do I get my fungal nails treated with PACT?
Please make an initial appointment with one or our podiatrists. They will assess and diagnose your toenails and see if your nails are suitable for PACT nail fungus therapy. If your nails are suitable they will explain the treatment process in detail, structure your treatment plan and schedule your PACT nail treatments.

NB: There are numerous other causes that may result in nails that are similar to fungal toenails. These will be diagnosed on initial assessment by your podiatrist. PACT therapy will not treat or cure these nails.

Tips to prevent reinfection include

  • Thoroughly dry feet after bathing

  • Apply a topical antifungal solution daily

  • Rotate shoes regularly to allow them to air and dry

  • Apply an antifungal powder or spray to rid shoes of fungus

  • Wash hosiery in hot water and even apply an antifungal solution to the washing cycle

  • Wear thongs in public showers and at swimming centres

  • Wear socks that contain silver

  • Disinfect shower floor

  • Minimise micro trauma to the nails (which makes you more susceptible to infection) by ensuring correct shoe fit

  • Don’t share nail clippers

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