The smell of feet can be due to many causes. Normally, the most common are lack of hygiene, excessive bacterial multiplication, sweating, etc.
These are some home remedies to keep your feet from sweating in shoes.
What causes the bad smell?
The hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating affects about 3% of the population. In turn, this decreases the quality of life, damaging social relationships. In extreme cases, it can cause social phobia.
The main cause of the bad smell is sweat. Indeed, although sweat has no smell, it provides an environment conducive to the multiplication of bacteria. On the other hand, this growth of bacteria is responsible for the bad smell or bromhidrosis.
On the other hand, the soles of the feet have sweat glands that release sweat. In this sense, the use of inadequate shoes and / or socks (especially polyester and nylon) and insufficient ventilation aggravate this condition.
The socks absorb sweat. In fact, wearing shoes without socks increases the amount of sweat that is in contact with the feet. Therefore, it increases the bacterial activity that causes the bad smell.
Home remedies against bad foot odor
The following are some home remedies against bad smell:
Add a little baking soda to a bucket of water and soak your feet in it for 10 minutes. Baking soda increases the acidic properties of the foot and decreases its smell.
First, boil water with 5 sachets of green tea for 15 minutes. Then, let the water cool a little and dip your feet in it. Finally, dry them and apply talcum powder.
In addition, it is recommended that to stopping feet from sweating you consume infusions of this type of tea since studies show that it can reduce the risk of infections.
Tea tree essential oil
First, wash your feet well and dry them. Next, apply some tea tree essential oil.
Do not apply the essential oil directly. Mix approximately 10 drops tea tree oil with 10 ml of wheat germ oil or almond oil.
Bad smell prevention
Here are some tips that can prevent bad smell:
Be sure to wash your feet well every day, using an antibacterial soap. Rub once or twice a week to get rid of dead cells. Do not forget the area between the fingers.
Also, dry your feet immediately after bathing. Change the socks regularly. Don’t wear the same shoe two days at a stretch. Let the shoes ventilate after wearing them.
In addition, you can sprinkle some talcum powder on your fingers to keep your feet dry and delay bacterial growth.
Follow these tips and you will see how the bad smell diminishes or disappears and all the sweaty feet cause vanishes. However, if it persists, it is recommended that you consult a specialist doctor.