Bromodosis, How To Stop Your Feet From Smelling
Have you ever worn tight shoes, and feel like pulling them off, but don’t want people around you to smell the stench oozing out of your feet? Don’t be embarrassed; you are not alone.
Bromodosis or smelly feet are as a result of a buildup of sweat, which gives room for bacteria to grow on the skin. The bacteria cause foul odors. Also, fungal infections can cause your feet to smell bad.
Causes of bromodosis
As stated above, when your feet produce lots of sweat, which is a conducive environment for bacteria that cause your feet to smell. However, it is normal for your feet to produce sweat; the feet have more sweat glands than the rest parts of your body. These sweat glands help to cool your body and keep your skin moist by releasing sweat all throughout the entire day.
However, pregnant women and teenagers sweat more than the average adult because they produce hormones that make them sweat more. Also, people who are stressed, stand all day working, or have a medical condition that makes them sweat more usually have sweatier feet. Furthermore, the bacteria on the feet help break down sweat on the feet as it is released, and if the bacteria and sweat buildup, it causes a foul smell.
Moreover, more bacterial cell or fungus are formed when a person sweats in their shoes, take them off and puts them back without properly drying them. Another cause of bromodosis is poor hygiene; irregular foot washing or not repeating socks without first washing them can cause more bacteria to grow on your feet, which worsens bromodosis.
Nonetheless, if you have bromodosis relax, it isn’t the end of the world; smelly feet is easy, quick and not expensive to treat.
How to get rid of bromodosis naturally
Put on open-toed sandals in warm weather, and go barefoot indoors when appropriate to keeping dry feet and clean feet as well.
Get at least two pairs of shoes; wearing the same pair of shoe every day can cause bromodosis. It would help if you alternated your shoes to keep them dry and fresh from sweat or moisture. remember to change socks each day.
Also, remove the insoles in your shoes to help them dry faster. Besides, wet shoes enable bacteria on your feet to multiply rapidly. If you work in a hot climate, exercising or have a medical condition that makes your feet sweaty, ensure to change your socks at least twice daily. Wear socks that can absorb moisture like thick, soft socks made from natural fibers and not socks that keep sweat on your feet. Keep your toenails short and clean.
Brush your feet at least once a day with mild soap and scrub. The best time to do this is in the evening, after the day’s work and hassle. Ensure to keep your feet dry after washing. Also, pay attention to in between your toes; these places can harbor bacteria.
Use a foot file to remove hard and dead skin from your feet; dead and hard skin gets soggy and soft when it is wet, which create a place for bacteria to thrive.
Avoid tight shoes and shoes that retain moisture.
Soak your feet for ten to twenty minutes in a mixture of Epsom salt and water, or vinegar and water to get rid of the foul smell.
Another vital thing to do is to disinfect your shoes; use an all-purpose disinfectant spray to spray your shoes. Ethanol plus other sanitizing ingredients take care of the nasty smell and kill bacteria.
Get medicated deodorant insoles for your shoes to control the smell from your feet. You can also apply an antifungal foot spray on your feet daily.
The above tips are useful when you apply them regularly. If you do not notice any improvement, ensure to see your doctor and ask for medication that is specifically designed to treat bromodosis.
If the sweat stays on the body it can encourage bacteria and fungi (which can lead to athlete’s foot) to grow. The smell is caused by the bacteria in the sweat.
Shoes and socks made from synthetic materials increase the amount of sweat you produce and do not allow it to evaporate or be absorbed, so the foot stays wet.
Poor hygiene can sometimes play a part, for example, washing your feet infrequently or not changing socks at least once a day. This allows bacteria to thrive, contributing to foot odor.
Stress, certain medicines and hormone changes can also increase the amount of sweat the body produces, which leads to sweaty feet.
Bromodosis can also be caused by hyperhidrosis, a condition where the skin sweats excessively. Hyperhidrosis is often most common in teenagers and pregnant women, whose hormones are changing.
If you have hyperhidrosis and you have been unable to keep your sweating under control, there are a number of medical treatments you can try, such as:
- Iontophoresis. This involves submerging your feet in a bowl of water through which a weak electric current is passed. It is thought that this blocks the sweat glands. However, it can be expensive.
- Injections of botulinum toxin (Botox) in the feet. Botox may block the signals from the brain to the sweat glands, reducing the amount of sweat produced.
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