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What is foot odor?

Foot odor is a condition where the feet emit a foul aroma due to the growth of bacteria or a fungus. The extreme version of this odor problem is called bromhidrosis..

What causes foot odor?

Foot odor occurs due to the accumulation of moisture on the feet. If you wear shoes and socks for long periods of time or are highly active, you may perspire, causing bacteria and fungi to grow.

How can foot odor be prevented?

Everybody experiences a little bit of foot odor now and then. Mild cases are fairly easy to control. You can prevent foot odor in the following ways.

  • Wash your feet daily and be sure to dry them well.
  • Use powder on your feet to absorb excess moisture.
  • Wear shoes and socks made from breathable materials like cotton, canvas or leather.
  • Avoid wearing the same shoes day after day. Instead, rotate the shoes that you wear so each pair is able to dry completely before you wear them again. That way, the bacteria won't have the time to build up and create a stench.

How can foot odor be treated?

When lifestyle modifications don't work, you may have to get a bit more creative. There are several items on the market today, available over the counter or by prescription than can help to make foot odor less of a problem.

  • Antiperspirants can be bought over the counter and prevent excess sweating on the feet. In most cases, this means there's no sweat so no bacteria!
  • Drysol can be sprayed on the feet at nighttime to keep the feet dry. After seeing your doctor, he or she may prescribe this medication to treat your foot odor.
  • Soaking your feet in tea can help reduce the growth of bacteria and have a drying effect on the feet.

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