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Bromodosis: How to Treat Sweaty Smelly Feet and Foot Odor

Published: 2014-03-25 - Updated: 2021-12-21
Author: Disabled World | Contact: Disabled World (Disabled-World.com)
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Additional References: Skin Conditions Publications

Synopsis: Helpful article provides numerous hints and tips to eliminate foot odor or smelly feet known as Bromodosis. Bromodosis, or foot odor, is a type of body odor that can affect the feet of humans and is generally considered to be an unpleasant smell. Feet may begin to smell when bacteria on the skin breaks down the sweat as it comes from the pores, resulting in a cheesy smell as the sweat decomposes. 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.

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

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What is Bromodosis?

Bromodosis, or foot odor, is a type of body odor that can affect the feet of humans and is generally considered to be an unpleasant smell. Sweat itself is odorless, but it creates an environment where bacteria can grow and produce bad smelling substances. Feet may begin to smell when bacteria on the skin breaks down the sweat as it comes from the pores, resulting in a cheesy smell as the sweat decomposes. 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.

Facts About Sweaty Feet

(For other interesting trivia see our list of amazing human body facts.)

Funny picture of cat knocked out by smelly shoe odor
Funny picture of cat knocked out by smelly shoe odor

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.

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Cite This Page (APA): Disabled World. (2014, March 25). Bromodosis: How to Treat Sweaty Smelly Feet and Foot Odor. Disabled World. Retrieved February 6, 2023 from www.disabled-world.com/health/dermatology/skin/smelly-feet.php

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