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How to prevent foot odour

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The feet is the natural habitat of millions of bacteria that thrive on your sweat and shed skin cells. By-products produced by these bacteria are what give feet that stinky smell. When you seal your feet in a pair of shoes and they pour out sweat, you give the bacteria more food to feast on. Foot odour can also be caused by poorly controlled fungal infections, such as athletes foot. People with diabetes or heart disease as well as the elderly people in general, are often prone to foot infections and foot odour due to inefficient blood circulation.
What you'll need: 
Deodorant or antibacterial soap
Black tea footbath
Thyme oil
Listerine mouthwash
Epsom salts
Talcum powder
Benzoyl peroxide
Bicarboante of soda
Change of socks and two pairs of shoes
Give your feet the underarm treatment: Just as you spray anti perspirant to the underarm, simply spray or roll it on before putting on the shoes and socks. Wash feet everyday with deodorant or antibacterial soap.
Turn up the heat: After a bath or shower, blow feet dry with a hairdryer set to its lowest temperature. This is especially good advise if you are prone to athlete's foot or nail fungus as it helps prevent infection and reduces moisture.
Soak them and scent them: Try a black tea footbath. Simmer 2 teabags in 500ml water for 15minutes, Remove and dilute tea with 2 litres of water and soak feet for 30minutes. repeat everyday. You may add a cup of vinegar for more odour fighting force.
Fragrant foot rub: Lavender oil not only smells good, it can also help to kill bacteria. Rub a few drops onto your feet and massage it in before you go to bed at night. Cover feet with socks.
Epsom salts soak: Mix 2 cups of epsom salts with 4 litres of water (warm) in a bucket or basin. Soak feet for 15 minutes twice a day.
Try an acne treatment: Apply benzoyl peroxide to the bottom of your feet in order to fight bacteria. It can be effective, working in the same way as it does on the bacteria that cause acne.
Powder power: Dust your feet with talcum powder of foot powder before putting on your socks or shoes. It helps absorb any odour causing sweat. Two other very good foot powders are bicarbonate of soda and cornflour.
Dress well for a better smell: Change your socks at least once and preferably twice a day, replacing them with a clean pair each time. Alternate between two pairs of shoes, After you have worn one, set them aside and let them air out for at least 24hours.
Wear shoes with open mesh sides or open sandals that allow the feet to "breathe". It is preferable to wear cotton socks rather than synthetic blends.
Best is to dump shoes and pad around bare footed whenever possible.
See your GP if the tips provided do not clear up your athlete's feet, excessive training or any signs of fungal infection. you may require a prescription antibiotic or anti-fungal medication,
Store shoes in a place that is bright and well ventilated
Insert a satchet of cedar chips each time you put your shoes away, to help absorb moisture, neutralize embarrassing odours and keep shoes dry and comfortable.
Another option is to put a couple of handfuls of dried lavender into a hanky and tie it up with a rubber band and place in each shoe overnight.
apparently cat litter (Clean) works a treat too. scoop some into an old pair of socks and pop into your shoes whenever you take them off.
Buy odour absorbing insoles that contain activated charcoal and cut them to fit. replace every three to six months.
Change socks at least twice a day
Always wear different shoes each day and air previous shoes with the tips stated above
If remedies do not help, consult your doctor.


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