“I’m not always immaculately groomed, though I do always sport glossily painted toenails. But it’s not as glamorous as it sounds,” writes Leah Hardy for the Daily Mail. “The polish disguises the ugly yellow discoloration on my big toenails, caused by a fungal infection I’ve had for years,” she explains.
Her problem is not at all uncommon. Since treatment has been notoriously time-consuming, ineffective, frustrating, and even dangerous, many people have simply learned to live with their unsightly fungal nails — choosing to paint over them, rather than cure them.