Do you have problems with smelly feet in summer? So do lots of people.
Sweat glands are over most of your body but mainly the palms of the hands, the soles of your feet and on your forehead. We all produce sweat (also called perspiration). As the sweat evaporates from the skin it cools the body down. That’s why most people perspire more when they are hot.
Foot odour is when perspiration is mixed with the bacteria that live on our skin. Some people have more sweat glands on their feet or just sweat more than the average person. For some people smelly feet can be upsetting or embarrassing.
Some researchers say that around 10 – 15% of people endure really bad foot odour due to specific bacteria that loves to live in sneakers and running shoes. The bugs eat dead skin cells and they are attracted to a warm moist environment in damp shoes. The more perspiration your feet produce, the more likely you are to have the type of bacteria that make a bad smell. Occasionally smelly feet can be caused by a fungal infection like athletes foot. This infection also likes warm damp feet.
If you’ve tried everything or if you suspect that you have a fungal infection like athlete’s foot ask your pharmacist for advice. Also check with your pharmacist or doctor if you have diabetes or cellulitis and are having ongoing problems with your feet.
Written by Linda Caddick
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