Bromodosis, or smelly feet, is a common condition frequently brought on by a buildup of sweat and bacteria. Usually, you can take care of them yourself.
Self-care for smelly feet
Continually keep your feet clean and dry, including between your toes.
Things you should do
- At least once every day, wash your feet
- Use a foot file to remove any rough skin, and maintain your toenails neat and short
- Apply antiperspirant or foot powder
- On your feet, put on breathable or natural materials like leather or cotton
- Dry off your shoes
Things you should avoid
- Wearing the exact shoes or socks for two days straight
- Wearing very tight shoes
- Walking around barefoot in public or communal places that are wet, like swimming pools and showers in gyms
Foot odor causes
The accumulation of sweat, germs, and fungal illnesses like athlete’s foot are the leading causes of stinky feet.
The following factors may have an impact on how much you sweat:
- Hot weather
- Standing all-day
- Gaining weight
- Hormonal alterations that take place throughout puberty, menopause, and pregnancy
- Some drugs, like antidepressants
- Hyperhidrosis condition results in excessive sweating
A pharmacist can treat smelly feet.
- Soaps, creams, and powders that fight bacteria
- Unique foot odor remover
- Shoe insoles with medication
- Antibacterial sock
Medical aids for the smell of feet
There are many treatments for smelly feet, depending on the cause.
If a fungal infection is the source of your stinky feet, your doctor may advise a more vital antifungal medication to treat it.
If sweating is the root of the problem, they might recommend a stronger antiperspirant or a remedy to stop sweating.
Iontophoresis, a treatment that involves running a small electrical current through the afflicted areas, may help treat excessive perspiration.
If your foot care issues don’t improve immediately, your doctor may advise you to consult a podiatrist.
Reviewed by – Dr. Priyanka, MBBS MD Microbiology
Page last reviewed: 30 September 2022