What happens if you are suitable for PACT therapy?
Your podiatrist will be able to suggest the number of treatments required depending on the severity of your condition. It is important that you follow the instructions accordingly to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment as certain conditions such as fungal nail can be chronic and difficult to treat.
In some cases, patients would require more sessions than others depending on the severity of the condition. Furthermore, a repeat treatment may be offered as prophylaxis to prevent future spreading after the condition has subsided.
PACT is a combination of a sensitising drug and visible light that causes selective destruction of microbial including fungal cells. The treatment involves applying a photosensitive agent that is usually blue in colour and oxygen to produce a local chemical effect.
Before beginning PACT treatment, the fungal nail must first be debrided in order to fully expose the underlying fungal elements. This step is essential as any fungus located beneath the nail plate will not be exposed to the gel, reducing the effectiveness of the treatment. Our anti-fungal topical gel is then applied to the nail/nail bed. The visible light from the PACT machine will emit a wavelength which activates the modules within the PACT gel creating a chemical response that destroys the fungal cells.