Mild Onychomycosis

Mild Onychomycosis

Mild onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nails, typically caused by dermatophytes. This fungus affects the toenails more often and can weaken the nails and lead to discoloration, brittleness, and disintegration of the nail. In most cases, the symptoms are minor and rarely cause complications. However, mild onychomycosis can travel to other nails and to the skin, if not treated properly.

Some of the signs and symptoms of mild onychomycosis include:

  • Discoloration of nails.
  • Brittleness of nails.
  • Thickening of nails.
  • Nails separating from the nail bed.
  • Crumbling of the edges of the nails.

It is important to seek medical help if you see any of the above symptoms. Your doctor can diagnose mild onychomycosis by examining the nails and taking a scraping to look for the presence of the fungus. Treatment for mild onychomycosis is usually topical antifungal agents, which should be applied for 8 to 12 weeks to clear the infection completely.

It is important to note that mild cases of onychomycosis are more likely to go away without any special treatment if the nails are kept clean and dry. Avoid walking barefoot and wearing tight-fitting shoes to prevent recurrences. There are also several home remedies that can help get rid of mild onychomycosis including the use of tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, and garlic.