Sweaty feet are a problem many people are familiar with. Men are affected more frequently than women. Foot odor can have several causes. As a rule, the foot sweat is initially odorless. Only when bacteria decompose sweat does it start to smell. Read here which home remedies and tips help.
Sweaty feet are particularly uncomfortable when they have to take off their shoes, but cheese feet are also a problem for those affected, especially in the summer months. As a rule, sweat, including foot sweat, is initially odorless. Only when bacteria decompose sweat does it start to smell. Excessive sweat production can also be caused by hormonal changes or hormonal imbalances or the use of various medications. Mental illnesses such as anxiety can also lead to increased sweating and thus also to sweaty feet. Airtight shoes and socks made of certain synthetic materials ensure that feet sweat more easily and, as a result, foot odor occurs.
At a glance:
Pathological sweaty feet
In fact, there is also pathological sweating of the feet (hyperhidrisis pedis). It usually occurs for the first time between the ages of six and 16 years.
Anyone who suffers from excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) or pronounced foot odor should seek medical advice in order to rule out serious diseases such as diabetes or an underactive thyroid.
In the case of hyperhidrosis without a physical cause, so-called tap water iontophoresis can be used against sweaty feet. The feet are held in a bath of tap water through which a weak current is passed. You will feel a slight tingling sensation. An alternative is treatment with 30 percent aluminum chloride hexahydrate or botox.
In the case of less pronounced symptoms, however, changes in care and everyday life as well as home remedies can help with sweaty feet.
What helps? Care of sweaty feet
Certain measures sometimes ensure that sweaty feet don’t start to smell. In addition to proper foot care, it is important to change socks several times a day if necessary.
Since sweat is the basis for foot odor, the best way to prevent it is to prevent your feet from sweating too much in the first place. The following tips will help:
Wash feet daily (several times if necessary) and then dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. This means that fungi and bacteria settle less quickly.
Sweaty feet develop particularly quickly in “plastic steppers” and synthetic stockings. Use breathable shoes made from natural materials such as leather, linen or cotton.
Socks made of cotton make sense, some people also swear by socks with integrated threads made of silver.
Foot deodorants as spray or powder also help with sweat-inhibiting antibacterial agents against sweaty feet.
Special shoe disinfectants sprayed regularly into the shoes make it difficult for bacteria to prepare and thus prevent the development of foot odor.
Charcoal insoles in shoes absorb sweat and foot odor. Inlays made of leather or cedar wood are also helpful. They should be changed regularly.
If possible, wear open-toe shoes such as sandals or flip-flops and walk barefoot a lot.
Home remedies for sweaty feet
There are some helpful home remedies for sweaty feet and smelly feet that can be tried.
Bathe feet more frequently in water with aluminum chloride bath additives. These have an antibacterial effect and thus prevent foot odor.
Chamomile extracts in the foot bath also have an antibacterial effect, additives from oak bark have a drying effect.
Use relaxation training against stress or psychological stress that can trigger excessive sweating.
Foot baths with sage, oak bark and juniper extract relax and disinfect. One to two tablespoons of salt or a few drops of tea tree oil in lukewarm water have a similar effect.
Lavender oil has an antibacterial effect. Put a few drops on your feet before going to bed and massage in.
Baking soda as an old home remedy can help with sweaty feet: Put two tablespoons of baking soda in a foot bath or a little baking soda in your shoes before putting them on.
Source: Lifeline | Das Gesundheitsportal by www.lifeline.de.
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