Smelly fungal debris under your toenails can be embarrassing and difficult to manage. If the smell is coming from the debris specifically, this is a sign that you have a medical issue that needs attention. As fungus spores grow and replicate underneath your toenail, they can form debris and weaken the surface of the nail. When this debris builds up, it can emit a foul odor. 

Smelly fungal debris often has a worse scent immediately after trimming the nails. This is because cutting the nail frees up fungal spores and debris from the nail itself, allowing it to enter the air. If you have noticed that your toes smell worse after trimming your nails, this is a sign of fungus even if you don’t have visible debris buildup.

Smelly fungal debris usually smells like cheese, and can also look pretty unappealing. The other visual symptoms of toenail fungus include discoloration and change in the texture of the nail. The texture can be a thickening, cracking, or increased brittleness of the nail.

While smelly fungal debris can usually be cleared out, this is unsafe and could cause damage to the nail or nail bed. Additionally, clearing the fungus out manually won’t treat the fungus itself. The only way to treat fungal infections is with an FDA-approved treatment by a licensed podiatrist. However, not all of these treatments are effective or safe. Oral medications can cause liver toxicity and aren’t always effective. Topical medications are even less effective and can require up to a year of application to see any results.

Smelly fungal debris is best treated with the PinPointe laser. This laser is FDA-approved and only requires one treatment to completely eliminate the fungus. It is also safe and has no side effects. To schedule a consultation with a licensed podiatrist for the PinPointe laser, give us a call at 1-(800) 672-0625 or visit our website for more information.