Smelly Feet: Why Foot Odor Appears And How To Get Rid Of It

Date September 21, 2018

One of the most embarrassing problems for ladies is smelly feet. Sometimes, you don't even want to take your shoes off. But don't worry, there's a solution.


What is bromodosis?

Unpleasant foot odor has a scientific name - bromodosis. Excessive sweating leads to the growth of bacteria. Feet are a breeding ground for bacteria, because there are approximately 250,000 sweat glands on each foot, together producing about 2 cups of sweat a day.

Causes of sweaty feet

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Bacteria that grow on feet actually produce gases similar to those produced by bacteria used to make cheese. Hence the similarity with the smell of cheese. Shoes play a significant role here. An unpleasant odor may appear if there is not enough air. But it’s not the sweat that causes the smell! It's bacteria.

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Here are some reasons you may have smelly feet:

  • hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating);
  • diseases;
  • poor hygiene;
  • low-quality footwear;
  • wearing the same pair of shoes for a long time.

How to get rid of bad foot odor?

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1. Keep your feet clean!

2. Don't overuse products with chemicals.

3. Wear socks made of natural fabrics.

4. Wear shoes made of high-quality materials.                               


5. Alternate shoes, so that your feet don’t sweat for days in a row in the same shoes.

6. Use natural remedies such as vinegar.

7. You can apply powders like talc to your feet to absorb moisture.

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8. Iontophoresis (a procedure in which a small electric current is applied to the skin through water in order to reduce sweating).

9. Botox (the agent is injected into the feet to reduce sweating, but these injections can be very painful, and they need to be repeated every 3-4 months).

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Note: Any treatments should be discussed with your doctor.


Remember that everybody has foot odor and the unpleasant smell is not a reason to be ashamed or deny yourself the pleasure of wearing a certain type of shoes. Following these simple tips to feel more comfortable!

Source: Healthline, healthy feet store, MedicalNewsToday

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.