Footcare - Foot health - How to stop smelly feet
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Smelly feet aren't much fun for anyone, but there are simple things you can do to make sure yours stay fresh.
Medically known as bromodosis, stinky feet can be rather embarrassing and unpleasant for you and everyone around you.
What can I do to prevent it?
- Change your socks on a regular basis.
- If you do get sweaty feet, a cheap and easy home remedy is to wipe them clean with cotton wool dipped in surgical spirit.
- Allow shoes to dry out between use, and don't wear the same pair of shoes on consecutive days.
- Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm water, using a mild soap, and dry thoroughly.
- Avoid wearing nylon socks.
- Check for fungal infections between your toes and on the bottom of your feet. If you spot redness or dry skin, use an athlete's foot preparation, which is available from your local chemist.
Why do feet smell?
Feet can smell from wearing shoes and getting sweaty.
Everybody's feet produce sweat, which is absorbed by shoes. At the end of the day, you take your shoes off and store them in a dark cupboard, where bacteria and fungi break down the sweat.
When you put your shoes on the next day, they contain decomposed sweat that can make your feet smell.