How to avoid bad smells on the feet

Sometimes our feet can give off a bad smell. But what are the reasons why they smell like this? Are home remedies effective? Why do feet smell? What medical treatments can we apply?

Maintaining good hygiene, drying your feet well or wearing cotton socks are measures to prevent bad foot odor. The smell of the feet can be punctual or daily. If the smell is one day, with minimal care it is resolved, but sometimes it responds to the pathology and is not so simple.

If the smell is common, you can suspect a condition like fungi, but not always. One of the reasons for the bad smell is that the feet spend hours locked up, with their excessive and concentrated secretion. The humidity produced is the breeding ground, where bacteria and fungi that emit malodorous gases multiply.

The bad smell of the feet occurs more in children and adolescents for the following reasons, because they are more active than adults, so their feet sweat more because it is a way to eliminate them. body temperature; Other factors are the types of shoes and inadequate hygiene, which occurs because fathers and mothers sometimes spend time drying their feet after bathing and young children do not know how to do it alone.

Fungi and athlete's foot are also related to the smell of the feet. If spots or cracks appear or if the skin turns red or even acquires a whitish tone, we must go to the podiatrist (foot specialist), because the problem can evolve and spread to other parts of the body.

Another reason for the smell of the feet is "bromhidrosis", which is a pathology related to apocrine glands. In this case, it is not necessarily that more sweat is produced, but that these glands have waxes different from those of other people, and when the sweat comes into contact with bacteria on the skin, it produces ammonia and fatty acid, which generates the smell . .

Are home remedies effective?

Feet that smell bad

Traditionally, vinegar, sodium bicarbonate, sage, black tea, etc., have been considered as home remedies to combat the bad smell of the feet, but these remedies are not effective against bromhidrosis, since there is no scientific evidence that guarantees the control of the bad smell generated in the feet with them.

If you choose to use traditional remedies, the most effective is talc. For use, it must be sprinkled between the fingers, on the floor, in the sock and even in the footwear, as it is absorbent and removed. excess sweat

Given the uncertain efficacy of home remedies, we can take a series of measures to prevent bad foot odor:

–- Have adequate daily hygiene, which includes a good drying of the feet after bathing or bathing.

–- Wear cotton socks, which absorb moisture and do not opt ​​for synthetic fibers.

–- Wear leather shoes or breathable natural fabrics to eliminate heat.

–- Before hyperhydration, it is advisable to change the socks once or several times.

–- If you have the possibility, air your feet and / or change your shoes during the day.

There are other recommendations to combat the unpleasant smell:

–- Using soaps with germicides to eliminate bacteria from the skin, which are the ones that break down sweat.

–- Use topical antibiotics instead of moisturizers.

–- Buy a natural deodorant composed, for example, of cornstarch, talc and zinc oxide; and for the most exaggerated cases, use antiperspirants.

Medical treatments against the bad smell of the feet..

The treatments that can be used to "remedy this situation are antiperspirants." Another medical procedure used is the following: "When bromhydrosis is accompanied by hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), sometimes a Botox treatment is recommended to stop the production of sweat. Punctures of botulinum toxin can paralyze almost all sweat for four or six months, but it is a temporary treatment, quite painful and on the feet, it is 30% less effective than in other parts of the body.

An extreme treatment that can be used, if the other alternatives are ineffective is surgery, which is performed as a liposuction under the skin and the glands are removed so that the person stops sweating.

When should I see a specialist?

In case of any abnormal foot situation, the podiatrist is the specialist and is responsible for evaluating, diagnosing and administering the optimal treatment in each case. In addition, sometimes master formulas are prescribed with essential elements that are prepared in specialized pharmacies always under prescription.

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