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How do you deal with foot odor?

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asked Mar 17, 2016 in Health and Fitness by anonymous
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Dealing with foot odor means you have to deal with sweat and bacteria on your feet. Sweat alone doesn't make the feet smell. When the bacteria break down the sweat, a cheesy odor is released. This is what makes your feet smell. Here are important home remedies that will help deal with foot odor.

1. An Epsom salt foot soak helps neutralize the odor. Mix half a cup of Epsom salt to eight cups of warm water. Soak your feet in this mixture for 20-30 minutes a day. Do it 1 or 2 times a day and dry your feet thoroughly.

2. Apple cider vinegar soak is another effective remedy to deal with smelly feet. It creates an acidic environment where the bacteria cannot survive for long. Add 1/2 cup of ACV to eight cups of warm water. Soak your feet in this mixture for 20-30 minutes a day for best results.

3. Black tea is another home remedy that helps deal with foot odor. The high levels of tannic acid in black tea will make it difficult for bacteria to survive for long. Add five bags of black tea in four cups of warm water. Let it simmer for 5 minutes before soaking your feet in it for 20-30 minutes. Dry your feet thoroughly after the soak.




answered Mar 17, 2016 by nilupa1973 (35,290 points)
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There are a few ways to deal with foot odor. Try the following tips:


1. Use kosher salt [1].


Fill up your bathtub with warm water and add a cup of kosher salt. Allow your feet to soak for half an hour, and repeat this process once per day for 14 days. 


Salt draws out the extra water in your skin, making it more difficult for bacteria to grow.


You can also try soaking your feet in baking soda as well [2].


2. Wear cotton socks [1].


The right socks can make all the difference. Cotton is a breathable material, so it is a better choice than something like nylon. If necessary, make sure you keep an extra pair of socks with you, so you can change if you notice that you are perspiring a lot.


3. Use cornstarch [1].


Before you put on your shoes, add a little cornstarch to the bottom. The powder will soak up the water and reduce the likelihood that your feet will stink later on.


4. Alternate shoes [3].


Have several pairs of shoes, so you can switch off from day to day, and allow your shoes to dry before putting them back on.




[1] http://www.menshealth.com/grooming/cures-for-smelly-feet


[2] http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-foot-odor.html


[3] http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/foothealth/Pages/smellyfeet.aspx

answered Mar 20, 2016 by Unckelli (50,310 points)
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Foot odor is a type of body odor that affects the feet of humans and is in most cases considered to be an unpleasant smell. Foot odor occurs when excess perspiration from your feet soaks the lining of your shoes and socks. Perspiration creates an optimal environment for bacteria which can grow and cause a bad odor. 


Bacteria are the major source of foot odor. Bacteria consume dead skin cells on the feet, which then produce foot odor. Here are some few ways you can deal with foot odor effectively:


  • Keep your feet dry and ventilated
  • Change your shoes daily to allow them to dry out thoroughly
  • Wear clean, cotton socks to help wick perspiration from the skin
  • Use powders or other drying agents
  • Practice good daily hygiene (wash and dry your feet well)


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foot_odor#Extinguishment

[2] https://www.drscholls.com/skincondition/footodorandperspiration/

[3] http://www.trinityfootcenter.com

answered Mar 21, 2016 by benbailey (5,400 points)

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