When you get nail fungus, it comes with many symptoms such as thickened, brittle nails that may turn yellow and possibly painful. Another symptom that patients notice, much to their dismay, is that their toes begin to smell like cheese. So why is it that toenail fungus smells like cheese?

In truth, it is not the nail fungus that causes the smell of cheese. There is a type of bacteria called Brevibacterium that is responsible for the odor. Brevibacterium is used to mature certain types of cheese, which is what causes the commonly known funky smell. The same bacteria lives on your feet and causes the cheese-like smell. 

So you may now be wondering what this has to do with nail fungus, and why the smell and fungal infection so frequently occur together. This is simply because both fungus and Brevibacterium thrive in the same conditions, meaning dark, moist places like inside sweaty shoes. 

If your feet are smelling like cheese, this may mean you also have a fungal nail infection. Call us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors at one of our over 120 locations.