Curing Foot Odor

Written by Debra Wyatt (last updated June 3, 2020)

There are over three thousand sweat glands in your feet, which is a prime source of moisture. Combine this fact with the reality that that your feet are enclosed a dark and warm environment when wearing shoes and socks, and you end up with a great breeding ground for bacteria. This can all lead to foot odor.

There are ways that a person can fight most foot odor without a lot of frustration or time just by using some simple at home remedies.

  • Wash your feet. Using a good antibacterial soap and wash your feet completely every day. Using a good body brush or washcloth to help remove all the dead skin cells, don't forget to wash the area between the toes.
  • Dry your feet. When you are finished with bathing or swimming take the time to dry your feet and in between the toes.
  • Use an antiperspirant. Roll on or spray on to the bottom of your feet right after taking a shower or bath. Be sure to dry your feet first.
  • Change your shoes. Don't wear the same shoes every day. This will allow the shoes a chance to air out, before wearing them again.
  • Change you socks. Depending on how bad your feet sweat, you may need to change your socks frequently throughout the day, especially after exercising.
  • Sprinkle powder. Using talcum powder or some other types of commercial foot powder sprinkle your feet and shoes. Only apply the powder if your feet are dry. This will help to keep your toes and feet dry, as well as helping to discourage any bacteria from growing.
  • Apply Benzoyl Peroxide. Using either a 5 or 10 percent solution of Benzoyl Peroxide gel to clean and dry feet everyday. This product will decrease bacteria growth any will help prevent foot odor.
  • Sprinkle dried sage. Using a little dried sage (straight from your spice cabinet) sprinkle the spice into your shoes just before wearing them. This method is highly effective.

If you are still having foot odor problems try soaking your feet. Using regular black tea (not herbal tea), add some cool water and soak your feet in the solution. It is believed that the tannin in the tea will deodorize your feet by shutting down the sweat glands (temporarily). Just simply brew two tea bags in a pint of water for fifteen minutes, and then add two quarts of cool water to the tea mixture. Then soak your feet for a half hour.

After trying all the above methods and you are still having odor problems you may need to see a doctor. Ask your doctor about using Botox. Botox will temporarily shut down the sweat gland up to nine months.

Author Bio

Debra Wyatt

Deb has a communications degree and applies her talents to her position as Marketing Specialist at Sharon Parq Associates. In her spare time she spends time with her children and grandchildren and devotes time to her church. ...


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