Pact Fungus Nail Treatment Birmingham
PACT is an abbreviation and scientific term that stands for Photodynamic Antimicrobial Therapy.
This treatment has been used effectively in medicine since the 1990s for the treatment of tumours, skin diseases and wound infections.
The fungal cells, unlike human cells possess a cell wall. This cell wall is stained with a special photosensitizing gel-dye that is harmless to human cells but selectively makes fungi sensitive to a specific wavelength of light and means the bacteria and nail fungus is destroyed.
The treatment plan is safe, highly effective and does not require a GP referral for PACT treatment. PACT is also safe and effective for use on patients with Diabetes.
This will depend upon the severity of the Fungal Nail Infection and number of nails infected. However, an initial 3 treatments within a 7 day period, plus a follow-up treatment at 1 month is required. Additional monthly treatments may be required depending upon severity of infection.
Before the light therapy can be used, a thickened nail needs to be thinned to ensure the fungus is penetrated within the nail. This painless procedure takes only a few minutes per nail. A special photosensitising blue gel dye is then applied to the fungal nail and left on for a minimum of 10 minutes. The light therapy is then applied to the nail for 9.5 minutes for each nail being treated.
PACT® Therapy does not use drugs, acids, lasers and is a very safe and effective treatment. As such, it can be used on patients with Diabetes. Following the PACT® Therapy session, the nail will retain a blue discolouration. However, this will soon disappear after treatment, but in rare cases, may remain for up to one week.
The sessions are short and effective. However, waiting for the new, healthy nail to grow takes a few months. As everyones nails grow at a slightly different rate, the nail growth is evident at between 3 and 6 months.
Preventing re-infection is important to having a positive outcome. Socks and hosiery should be washed on a hot (60°C) cycle. Shoes should be treated with an anti-fungal preparation. Fungal skin infection (Athlete’s Foot) should also be treated. We recommend Mycota Cream and Mycota Powder.
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