If you sweat a lot on your feet, you may have encountered odor when you took your shoes off. While it is not uncommon for feet to sweat, no one wants to unveil embarrassing odor to those around them. Here are some ways that you can stop foot odor in its tracks.
So, why do feet smell? The feet contain about 250,000 sweat glands. Combine this with the fact that feet are kept bottled up all day inside socks and shoes, and you have a very wet and dark place.
But, that alone won”t produce the odor. Sweat doesn”t smell. However, once the bacteria on your skin gain access to the sweat, their digestion process produces a strong odor which is what others smell. This odor can be mild or strong enough to bring tears to your eyes. It all depends on how much you sweat and how long you wear your shoes.
Natural Remedies for Foot Odor
Here are a few ways that you can get rid of foot odor before it embarrasses you further.
* Change your socks frequently — If you seem to have inherited the sweaty gene, carry an extra pair or two of socks with you throughout the day. Change them when your feet begin to feel uncomfortable and moist in your shoes.
* Wear open shoes — So that”s the reason why so many people wear sandals. Shoes that allow your feet to breathe also allow for evaporation of the sweat. Now bacteria have nothing to feed on and produce odor. In a corporate setting, you may not have the luxury of wearing open shoes, but you can take your shoes off in your office several times a day to allow the sweat to cool away.
* Wash your feet with antibacterial soap — Frequent washing won”t dry the skin out here, but it will keep the skin free from sweat. Do it in the middle of the morning or in the evening. At your desk you can also wipe your feet with a wet wipe and allow them to dry.
* Soak feet in black tea — Tea is for more than just drinking. Black tea contains tannic acid which will keep your feet clean by killing bacteria and closing pores. Place tea bags on your feet to help pull out any odor.
* Change your shoes daily — Most of us have our favorite pair of kicks or dress shoes that we wear to death. This only contributes to the odor on our feet, and that lingers in our shoes. Change up your shoes every other day to allow the worn ones to vent.
* Apply baby powder to your feet — This cools the surface of your foot and cuts down on perspiration.
Do you have foot odor? You can get rid of them without resorting to medicines. Try these natural remedies and don”t be afraid to unveil your feet again.
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