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How to Treat Sweaty Smelly Feet and Foot Odor

  • Published: 2014-03-25 (Rev. 2015-02-07) - Contact: Ian Langtree at Disabled World
  • Synopsis: Helpful article provides numerous hints and tips to eliminate foot odor or smelly feet known as Bromodosis.

Definition: Bromodosis

Main cause is foot sweat, known as focal hyperhidrosis, sweat itself is odorless, but it creates a beneficial environment for certain bacteria to grow and produce bad-smelling substances. You are more likely to have sweaty feet if you're on your feet all day, if you're under a lot of stress, or you have a medical condition called hyperhidrosis, which means you sweat more than usual. Once foot odor has begun, it can be extinguished, or at least alleviated, by either aromatic deodorants that neutralize the odor by their own smell, or by absorbers of the odor itself.

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Have you got a problem with smelly feet and no matter what you do or have tried to rid the foot odor, the smell remains? Are your smelly feet more of an embarrassing issue for you, or a problem you see as unhealthy

Smelly feet is medically known as bromodosis, and can be embarrassing and unpleasant for you, as well as people around you.

Normally, feet smell because they sweat inside shoes; bacteria then break down the sweat, producing compounds responsible for the offensive odor.

Funny picture of cat knocked out by smelly shoe odor
Funny picture of cat knocked out by smelly shoe odor
Facts About Sweaty Feet:

Tips to Help Get Rid of Smelly Feet:

Commercial Products for Smelly Feet:

Gehwol Medicated Foot Deodorant Cream - Contains a highly effective combination of manuka oil and activated zinc oxide for long-lasting eliminating of strong foot odor. The tangy,skin-friendly manuka oil acts on bacteria and fungus and is particularly suitable for foot hygiene. Zinc oxide is kind to sensitive skin and it has an antimicrobial, mildly astringent, skin protecting effect.

Related Information:

  1. Ingrown Toenails - Causes Symptoms Treatment - Ingrown toenails can be caused by cutting toenails improperly by wearing shoes that fit poorly or by injuring the nail bed - (Published 2009-02-28).
  2. Nail Fungus Fingernails and Toenails - Nail fungus also known as Onychomycosis is an organism which digests the keratin found in your fingernails and toenails - (Published 2009-02-28).
  3. Tips for Healthy Feet - Amy Leigh - (2011-05-19)
  4. Eliminate Odor from Smelly Shoes and Boots - Ian Langtree - (2014-03-31)
  5. Anosmia: Having No Sense of Smell - Ian Langtree - (2009-01-14)


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