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Foot perspiration is a normal bodily function, but that can cause unpleasant odours. Find out how to remedy the problem.
Feet sometimes sweat, which can result in an unpleasant odour. It’s a natural occurrence. Because the feet are among the areas of the body that sweat the most, it’s normal for sweat to sometimes remain trapped inside shoes and socks.
Sweat in itself doesn’t smell that bad; however, when it remains trapped inside shoes and socks, this warm and moist area promotes the proliferation of germs (most often fungus or bacteria). It’s the combination of sweat/germs that causes the unpleasant foot odour.
There are many elements that can contribute to unpleasant foot odour, including:
Some individuals are affected by excessive sweating called hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis of the feet may promote the development of unpleasant odours.
Foot perspiration can sometimes be a contributing factor to certain conditions such as plantar warts, nail diseases, and mycosis (fungal disease) commonly called athlete’s foot.
The best way to prevent excessive foot perspiration and odour is to adopt healthy habits in terms of foot hygiene. Here are a few tips on the matter:
Here are some additional practical tips:
If you have tried several measures to solve an odour problem or any other foot problem, it could be beneficial to see a podiatrist. A podiatrist is a specialized foot health professional. However, your pharmacist can also give you advice, especially regarding products available at the pharmacy.
In more serious cases, for instance, if you suffer from hyperhidrosis, or if you have unusual symptoms affecting your feet, consult a doctor.
Here are some examples of products you can find at the pharmacy to fight moisture and foot odour:
Aluminum chloride-based solutions you can apply on the soles of the feet are also available at the pharmacy. These products are very effective in reducing perspiration. They are sold without a prescription, but they are kept behind the pharmacy counter. Your pharmacist can recommend the one that is most suitable for you and how to use it.
Don’t let foot odour and moisture cause you embarrassment. Your feet are too important not to take care of them!
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