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How to prevent embarrassing foot odour

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
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Foot odour is an embarrassing condition yet quite a common one. Our feet are naturally sweaty, and when things are working properly, the sweat should evaporate away with no lingering odour.

But this is not always the case and so, just as we do with our under-arms, we need to pay special attention to our feet to prevent the discomfort and associated embarrassment.



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There are a number of possible causes for smelly feet, including:

- Lack of, or inconsistent washing of feet.
- Hormonal changes in the body.
- Stress.
- Fungal infections or hyperhidrosis (excessive perspiration).

But the most common cause of foot odour, however, is a build-up of sweat in our shoes. If the sweat has no chance to evaporate from our skin or from the lining of our shoes, then our body’s natural bacteria will begin to react with it, causing the offensive odour.



Feet
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There are a number of actions we can take to prevent or control this problem, such as:

- Wash and thoroughly dry feet each day.
- Dust your feet with talcum powder before putting shoes on.
- Use washable inner soles. Have more than one set so that you can rotate them.
- Air your shoes after each wearing – keep them in a well-ventilated place; and alternate shoes each day if possible.
- Always wear clean socks. You can buy socks that discourage bacteria and allow feet to ‘breathe.’
- Rub hand-sanitiser on your feet before putting on your shoes.
- Try to stick to leather or canvas shoes, or other natural fibre.
- Take opportunities to go barefoot or wear thong or sandals.



Feet
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If you’ve tried these remedies and still find that you have issues with foot odour, it is best to consult your doctor. You may be experiencing a fungal infection, which can usually be cleared up with a simple cream or medication.

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