Pact to the Rescue of Fungal Nails!
Fungal infections can affect any part of the body. Fungi are normally present in and on the body alongside various bacteria. When a fungus begins to overgrow, you can get an infection.
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection that affects either the fingernails or toenails. It is more common in the 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 does it develop?
Fungi that are already present in or on your body can cause nail infections. If you have come in contact with someone else who has a fungal infection, it may have spread to you. Fungal infections can affect toenails more commonly than fingernails because your toes are usually confined to your shoes, where they’re in a warm, moist environment
Visible signs of a fungal nail infection include:
- scaling under the nail, which is called subungual hyperkeratosis
- white or yellow streaks on the nail, which is called lateral onychomycosis
- a crumbling corner or tip of the nail, which is called distal onychomycosis
- 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, which is called proximal onychomycosis
- loss of the nail
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 there can be severe side effects.
In Sole Clinic, we use the PACT® therapy. We are one of the very few clinics in Singapore offering this service.
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?
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:
- On your initial appointment our podiatrists will confirm diagnosis of nail fungus and check your suitability for PACT treatment.
- Firstly, we will debride and remove all of the infected nail.
- A gel is then applied to the nail and left to absorb for 10 minutes. This gel stains the fungal cells making them sensitiveto 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.
Some of our success cases
Our patients normally come in after all kinds of treatment has failed. Their fungal problem have plagued them from many years.
20 year old fungal problem
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 us. The podiatrists will diagnose your toenails and see if your nails are suitable for PACT nail fungus therapy. If your nails are suitable, we will explain the treatment process in detail, structure your treatment plan and schedule your PACT nail treatments.