What is Foot Odor?
Foot odor is best described as type of body odor that affects the feet and gives off an unpleasant smell. Foot odor affects millions of people.
Some people may develop extreme foot odor which is a condition known as bromhidrosis and may be influenced by various factors which include excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), hormonal changes, stress, certain foods or drugs.
What causes Foot Odor?
Foot odor often occurs because feet sweat from wearing socks and being enclosed in shoes. Feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body and as a result they can sweat excessively because of the lack of air ventilation. This excessive sweating creates a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus which causes the foul odor.
Help for Foot Odor
The most effective way to control foot odor is by practicing good hygiene habits every day – wash feet with antibacterial soap, dry them thoroughly, change socks and shoes, and apply foot powder or spray to feet.
If these preventative measures fail to work, consult your health practitioner for a stronger medication such as aluminum chloride hexahydrate 20% solution.
Another treatment option such as electric-current devices may be considered and involves electric current being passed through the skin to eliminate perspiration for several weeks. In more severe cases, the nerve that controls sweating in the affected area can be cut off safely by a surgeon.
Natural remedies have also proven to be an effective alternative for eliminating foot odor. Treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies have cleansing and purifying properties which helps to maintain freshness throughout the body.
Herbs such as Foeniculum vulgare (Sweet Fennel) and Carduus marianus (Milk Thistle) have both been used for centuries and are excellent for the digestive system and help to get rid of toxins within the body. Homeopathic ingredients such as Kalium phosphate (Kali phos) and Silica cleanse the cells of toxins and rid the body of bad odors and also serve as a wonderful nerve tonic.