Why is it that we can cure some cancers but we can’t eliminate toenail and fingernail fungus?


This may seem like a weird topic to you, but someone in my family has had toenail fungus for the better part of a decade.  We have tried everything and talked to every doctor, nurse and skin specialist: nothing works.  It’s very frustrating.  People who don’t understand what fungus does to nails think it’s just cosmetic.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  When you have it in your toes your nail bed is raised and this causes pain.  It also continues to spread from nail to nail.  Now if you stub your toe, you’re in for a world of hurt.  The toenail splits or just comes off and the blood pools up under what’s left of your toenail.  This injury can last for weeks and sometimes you need the doctor to treat it.

The other part of this fungus that baffles me is that some people get it and others don’t.  What makes some people susceptible to it and other people can share a shower with a person and not get it?  It’s so strange.  More and more people are getting this fungus in their toenails and nails. I know so many people affected by it.

We have come so far with cancer research and scientists have found cures for some cancers.  Don’t you think they should be able to get rid of a silly fungus? Different types of fungi have existed in this world for a long time.  What makes this toenail/fingernail fungus so hard to destroy?  We have to find its kryptonite!

7 thoughts on “Why is it that we can cure some cancers but we can’t eliminate toenail and fingernail fungus?

  1. I can speak from experience that it can be very painful. It is so prevalent that you would think more time and money would be spent trying to find a cure.

  2. I was not aware of all of this information about nail fungus until now. You are right. We can even send someone to the moon. There must be something we can do about nail fungus.

  3. I totally agree with you that science should be able to at least find a treatment that prevents the fungus from spreading. I’m glad that you are writing about toenail fungus so that more people become aware that it can be painful.

  4. That’s so eye-opening. I wonder if you can transplant healthy nails from a donor or try synthetic implants?


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