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Why does a person's feet stink?

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asked Mar 17, 2016 in Health and Fitness by anonymous
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Smelly feet also known as bromodosis is an embarrassing condition that affects millions of people. Sweaty feet is the cause of bromodosis. There are more sweat glands in our feet compared to any other part of the body. The glands in the feet secrete sweat all day long unlike the sweat gland in the other parts of the body. The bacteria on your skin will break down the sweat releasing a cheesy smell as a result. Smelly feet can result from poor personal hygiene, wearing the same socks or shoes every day before they are dried properly, hormonal changes, and hyperhidrosis (a condition that makes a person sweat more than usual). Good personal hygiene practices are important to prevent smelly feet.


References:

http://www.webmd.boots.com/foot-care/smelly-feet

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/information/anatomy/question514.htm


answered Mar 17, 2016 by nilupa1973 (35,290 points)
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Bacteria are the main culprit of smelly feet. These creepy crawlers adore dark, damp spaces, making sweaty shoes a great place for them to live. They eat the oils and dead skin on your feet and begin multiply.  Organic acid begins to form from their waste. These acids are what cause the feet to smell so bad, especially for those that do not wear socks. [1]


There are many things you can do to prevent this horrible smell. For starters, be sure to wash your feet everyday with warm water and soap. Never wear dirty socks, keep your toenails clipped, and keep your feet as dry as possible. [2]





Sources:

1. http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/feet-stink.html

2. http://www.footvitals.com/skin/foot-odor.html
answered Mar 18, 2016 by erod429 (53,480 points)

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