There are only a few things more embarrassing that smelly, stinky feet. This is a problem that affects both the person suffering from it and those around him or her. This problem can be solved relatively easily, depending on its underlying cause.
What causes stinky feet?
There are several different factors that can cause an unpleasant smell of the feet. This problem usually affects people who sweat a lot all over their body, including the feet. Certain types of socks and footwear aggravate the sweating. The closed environment, combined with moisture and darkness, makes an excellent breeding ground for bacteria, fungus and other microorganisms. Byproducts of those microorganisms are often substances that produce a foul smell.
Cornyebacterium and microccus are the bacteria that are particularly fond of sneakers or athletic shoes, where they find a perfect environment to live and multiply. When they combine with the sweat, the result is an unpleasant smell of both the shoe and the foot.
How to get rid of stinky feet?
Given the causes of foul smell of the feet, it is logical that this problem can only be solved by addressing both the feet and the footwear.
The first step is to reduce perspiration or sweating. This can be done by using antiperspirant products. In severe cases, Botox and iontophoresis can help. These two affect the sweat glands in the feet and reduce or prevent the production of sweat. It is also possible to surgically remove the sympathetic nerve trunk that causes sweating.
It goes without saying that shoes should be washed regularly in order to stay bacteria-free and odorless. The same goes for the socks, which should be changed daily, if not more often. Ideally, all socks should be made of 100% cotton.
Stinky feet can be soaked in tea made with two or three teabags, for 10 to 20 minutes each night. A similar foot bath can be made from diluted apple cider vinegar. The feet should be dried thoroughly after this, as well as after showering or bathing, especially the areas between the toes.
It can be very helpful to dust the feet with alum powder, talc or baby powder. These products will keep the feet dry even in closed shoes and they will prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi.
Another effective remedy is benzoyl peroxide. This substance has antibacterial properties and it is used in different forms and solutions to treat a number of bacterial skin infestations. Feet should be wiped two times a day with a cotton ball soaked in benzoyl peroxide. This will kill the bacteria and cleanse the feet thoroughly, thus reducing the bad smell that comes from them.