Many people completely forget about their feet care, until they become smelly and eventually hard to ignore. Bad feet odor can have many causes, including stress, yeast infections, and hyperhidrosis, these can all stimulate increased sweating, which is very beneficial for the bacteria behind nasty smells.
The health and beauty of your feet are important and worth more care and attention to prevent infections, skin diseases, harmful germs, and other feet-related ailments.
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1. Remove the Breeding Ground for Bacteria
Most bacteria that is responsible for stinky feet odor breed under your nails and in those hard skin areas. When it becomes hard, your skin can turn soggy due to the dampness, offering a perfect sweet home for bacteria or even leading to new health problems.
Make sure to use a pumice to rub and clean your soles, as well as remove any hard skin, while washing your feet. Also, remember to regularly look after your toenails by keeping them trimmed and clean, this way you’ll help prevent toenail fungus.
2. Wipe thoroughly between Your
Toes after Washing
It’s very important to wash your feet on a daily basis with making sure to dry them thoroughly, particularly between your toes. Also, when you dry your feet using a towel, top health websites suggest considering wiping between your toes with a small piece of cotton dipped in apple cider vinegar to prevent bad odor.
According to Podologists, it is recommended to pat between your toes with a towel instead of rapidly wiping your feet after showering, this way you’ll prevent the remaining moisture from becoming the cause of a fungal infection.
3. Brew some Tea for Your Feet
Tea soaks are one of the most effective home remedies to treat smelly feet. You can simply use 4 or 5 tea bags (both regular tea bags and mint tea bags are great) to a ¼ cup of water. To make it, brew the tea just like you normally do, let it cool down, and then soak your feet in it for around 20 minutes every day.
In fact, tea leaves contain tannins, which are responsible for the antioxidant activities of black and other dark teas and that can help you get rid of your feet’s stinky smell by eliminating bacteria and reducing sweating. Remember that such baths should be made every day. You can even find through health pages other creative ways and aroma combinations to enjoy them at home.
4. Use Apple Cider Vinegar
For temporary relief, you may want to consider making an apple cider vinegar bath for your feet using one part vinegar and two parts water to help decrease the level of bacteria that can cause odor. Apple cider vinegar is known for its several health benefits and antifungal effects that can help you get rid of the bad odor.
You can also mix ½ L of vinegar with 200 ml of warm water, soak a piece of gauze in this mixture, and apply to your feet for around 20 minutes, then, allow your skin to dry naturally.
5. Use Aromatherapy Oils
One of the best ways to treat stinky feet is using essential oils and there are many kinds of oil that can work wonders.
For instance, rosemary essential oil and grapefruit seed extract are extremely powerful antiparasitic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal abilities. Tea tree oil is also antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, and is especially beneficial if your smelly feet are caused by athlete’s foot.
According to the latest health articles, lavender oil can be an ideal option for treating your smelly feet due to its bactericidal effect and its ability to get rid of the odor faster.
How to use it? Massage your feet with 4 drops of lavender oil. Or make a bath for your feet by adding 2 drops of oil into 3 L of water, then, soak your feet for about 15 minutes in the mixture.
6. Wash Your Socks Inside Out
Did you know that your feet have around half a million sweat glands? This can lead to plenty of sweat! In fact, the longer you wear socks and shoes, the more sweat is trapped inside. Fungus and bacteria will eventually thrive in this kind of moist and warm environment, thus, end up producing bad odor as their way to clean out skin cells and bacteria.
So washing your socks inside out is more effective in eliminating the dirt that’s trapped inside them. Moreover, to prevent smelly feet, consider buying socks and shoes that are made of breathable materials. Remember that synthetic materials offer less ventilation than natural materials (cotton and wool), so avoid polyester or nylon socks. Natural materials in both socks and shoes offer more ventilation and therefore can help limit the growth of bacteria and preserve your feet’s health.
7. Walk Barefoot Whenever You Can
Always take off the socks you wear outside after coming back home! As you walk, your socks accumulate bacteria, which start breeding as soon as it gets into a moist environment.
Barefoot walking helps keep your feet ventilated and healthy. Simply set your tootsies free from being trapped in shoes all day long (besides, we all love the feeling of walking barefoot on sand or grass). However, don’t overdo it, especially outdoors because you run the risk of catching Kyetococcus bacteria, which causes a rotten egg smell.
If you don’t like walking on your bare feet, you can try sandals or open-toed shoes. You’d still wear soles and benefit from plenty of aeration.
8. Use Your Antiperspirant on Your Feet
Antiperspirants consist of chemicals that help considerably reduce sweating. The latest medical articles indicate that most antiperspirants are astringents, meaning that they can tighten the pores. Since sweat is produced by sweat glands in the pores, tightening them would reduce the amount of sweat, and thus, helps you prevent stinky feet.
Apply antiperspirant them at bedtime, after a shower, to dry skin. It won’t get the chance to work properly if you apply it in the morning and then wash it off or shower. Let it work on your feet while you sleep. Also, when shopping for an antiperspirant, look for the ones containing Aluminum chloride.
9. Disinfect Your Footwear
Shoes are a major part of this stinky problem. Bacteria thrive in the dark, enclosed, tight, damp environment that your shoes offer, especially the ones that block air flow, making bacteria colonies overflow.
Although these bacteria are a natural part of the human body’s flora and health, the more there are, the greater is your risk of developing a nasty case of smelly feet.
To wash your shoes, soak the shoelaces and insoles in an antiseptic solution, wipe the inside with a cotton swab dipped in chlorhexidine, and thoroughly wash the outside.
10. Keep Your Shoes Dry
As we mentioned before, dark, enclosed, and moist, all mean more bacteria thus stinkier odor. Make sure that your shoes are always completely dry and skip wearing them if wet or almost dry.
The best thing you can do is to have two pairs of shoes for every season so you can wear them in turns. In case you don’t have another pair and your shoes are wet, an effective old technique will help: place some crumpled newspapers inside your shoes, and let them absorb the moisture overnight. Or use an electric dryer.
When to consult a doctor?
If your feet not only smell bad but also start peeling and itching. These might be symptoms of an infection, ringworm, or mycosis, a disease caused by parasitic fungi. Contact a doctor to get proper health information.
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