Toenail fungus is a common and treatable condition provided you get the advice and treatment options that are right for you.
This frustrating condition occurs when fungal microorganisms inhabit the nails. These organisms prefer a dark, warm and moist environment, and toenails provide this.
Fungal infections often begin at the tip of the nail, gradually moving underneath the nail. Over time, this interferes with nail health and appearance.
Toenail fungus can take different forms, but it isn’t too hard to identify. Common symptoms include:
Toenail fungal infection can occur when visiting places such as public showers/change rooms and some nail salons (where instruments may not be sterilised). Contributing factors include the continual wearing of enclosed footwear (rarely allowing light to the feet) and trauma.
PACT® is a photodynamic antimicrobial therapy that uses light to eliminate microorganisms. Effective, safe and affordable, it has many many benefits over conventional toenail fungus treatment methods.
Most topical treatments require committed daily application and offer poor results. Oral tablets have a good success rate but carry the risk of severe side effects such as liver damage. Laser treatment for toenail fungus can be effective, but it is prohibitively expensive for many patients.
PACT is a painless, light-based treatment that overcomes these issues. The earlier treatment starts the quicker it can be resolved. It is strongly advised to start treatment well before the infection enters the growth plate of the nail.
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