Bromodosis

Nothing ruins your entryway, date night or a good pair of shoes like a stink and once it starts it’s hard to stop. Foot odour, called bromodosis in medical profession is a type of body odour that affects the feet of human and is generally considered to be unpleasant. It can  be traced to bacteria that finds your moist and warm feet, socks and shoe a perfect place to breed and multiply. thousands of sweat glands on the soles of the feet produce perspiration composed of water, sodium, fat, minerals and various acids that are the end product of your body metabolism. In the presence of certain bacteria, these sweaty secretions break down generating the stench that turns people green.

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR CAUSES?

  • The major cause is sweat produced by the feet. If the sweat stays on the body it can generate bacteria and fungi which leads to athlete’s foot. The smell is caused by the bacteria in the sweat.
  • Shoes and socks made from nylon and synthetic materials increases the amount of sweat you produce and do not allow it to evaporate or absorbed, so the foot stays wet.
  • Poor hygiene can sometimes play a part, for example, washing your feet infrequently  or not changing socks at least once a day. This allows bacteria to thrive contributing to foot odour.
  • Stress, certain medicine and hormonal changes can also increase the amount of sweat the body produces which leads to sweaty feet.

 

HOW IS SMELLY FEET PREVENTED?

  • good foot hygiene is essential. wash your feet daily using mild soap or anti-fungal soap and a scrubbing  brush. Dry them thoroughly especially between toes.
  • The best way to prevent smelly feet is to keep them dry.You can dab your feet with cotton wool dipped in surgical spirit every night to help dry out the skin.
  • Keep your toe nails short and clean.
  • check the soles of your feet for hard, dead skin and remove it with a foot file. Hard skin can become soggy when damp which provides an ideal home for bacteria.
  • Wear socks that will allow your feet breathe and absorb the moisture. Thick, soft socks made of natural fibres or sport socks will be good ones and change your socks at least once a day.Don’t wear the same pair two days in a row without laundering them. Some people (guys especially) are fond of keeping socks in their shoes and wearing it all over again. your olfactory region may be blissfully unaware of the odours emitted from down below but others’ noses aren’t so immuned from the stench.
  • Choose open shoes such as sandals whenever possible, because they allow air onto your feet which helps evaporate sweat and slows the growth of odour-causing bacteria. If sandals aren’t an option, choose leather or canvas shoes which breathe a bit.
  • Some shoes such as sneakers and canvas can go right into the water. wash them and let them air-dry.
  •  Try airing your shoes in between wearings too. If you can, alternate shoes on a daily basis so that you don’t wear the same pair two days in a row. Loosen the laces and pull up the tongue on the pair you are not wearing and let them dry out in the sunshine.
  • You can also sprinkle the inside of your of shoes with medicated foot powder or talcum powder, also sprinkle some on your feet.
  • Natural antiperspirant stones and sprays used for underarms can also be effective on feet. there are a wide variety of antibacteria soaps made especially for feet that are available over the counter at your pharmacy store.
  • Eat wisely. avoid foods with strong flavour like garlic, onions and some peppers because their powerful aroma passes through the bloodstream and concentrate in your sweat.
  • Keep calm, anxiety and stress increase production of sweat giving those nasty bacteria even more to feed on.
  • If you still can’t get your sweat under control, pls see a dermatologist.

Foot odour may leave you friendless as the stink often implies bad hygiene to those who share your air. Before you lose another pair of pumps, try these tips for nipping smelly feet in the bud so the next time you have to take off your shoes among your friends, at work, at home, in the presence of your date, you can do it with all confidence!

One Response to Bromodosis

  1. Bussy July 5, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    Beautiful piece, men take a good note!

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