Why do some feet smell more than others?
Especially when your sweat doesn't smell all that bad.. Do you have an explanation for that..
Foot odor is caused by bacteria and moist, sweaty conditions surrounding your feet. It isn't the sweat that smells, it's the bacterial reaction to the moist conditions. More sweat=more bacterial activity=smelly feet. That's why there are charcoal activated footbeds for shoes. The company I work for even makes a shoe that is vented and contains an air circulation system. This is a good way to ensure that the sweaty conditions are minimized inside the shoe. A good footcare habit would be to use antibacterial soap when washing your feet and making sure to wear absorbent cotton socks and breathable shoes.
I think the smelly feet problem is caused by yeast and bacteria. People who have problems with athlete's foot tend to have smelly feet. Ick!
Sweat is naturally odorless, but makes a good environment for some bacteria to grow and produce off-smelling substances. These bacteria are naturally present on our skin. Therefore, more odor is caused by factors causing more sweating, such as wearing shoes and socks. Less ventilation boosts feet smelling more (wearing shoes and socks).
Washing feet and applying the sodium bicarbonate daily is a very effective and cheap way to prevent foot odor, and swabbing feet morning & evening daily with isoprophyl alcohol for about two weeks also a good remedy.
Foot odor depend on environment, habits and genetics of an individual.
Personal hygiene – some have poor health habits. Physiology – some sweat more than others.
Dead skin cells seem to contribute to smell, especially on feet where it's harder to scrub and where it doesn't slough off because you're wearing shoes. Thoroughly scrubbed feet seem to not smell as bad as unscrubbed feet. Just my thoughts.
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