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Smelly Feet

Smelly Feet - Bromodosis: Having smelly feet is a common problem caused by a build-up of sweat. It can usually be improved with some simple treatments and self-help measures. The medical term for smelly feet is bromodosis.

The feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body. These glands release sweat regularly throughout the day to keep the skin moist and supple.
Some shoes and socks can increase the amount of sweat you produce and prevent it from evaporating or being absorbed, so your skin stays damp. These dark and damp conditions provide the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. When these bacteria break down the droplets of sweat, your feet can start to smell. Anyone can get sweaty feet, regardless of the temperature or time of year, but it's especially common in teenagers and pregnant women because hormonal changes make them sweat more.
You’re also more likely to have sweaty feet if you’re on your feet all day, if you’re under a lot of stress, or you have a medical condition called hyperhidrosis, which means you sweat more than usual.
Poor hygiene can sometimes play a part too, as washing your feet infrequently or not changing socks at least once a day can allow bacteria to thrive. Smelly feet can usually be improved with some simple self-care measures that can help to keep your feet clean and dry.

Soak your feet in a basin of luke warm water for 20-30 minutes everyday for a week and add just one of the following: One cup of vinegar: or  a few drops of Thyme oil; or one cup of Epsom Salts, or add a cup of sea salt. Let soak and dry feet and between toes thoroughly afterwards . Do this for a few days longer if you need to.

You should see your doctor if  you are concerned about how much you sweat or if your smelly feet are having a significant impact on your life.

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

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