Health Zone: What's up Doc?
Q I HAVE a problem with bad foot odour, even though I wash my feet in the morning and at night. What can I do?
A FOOT odour is caused by bacteria that love the warm, moist environment in shoes. Continue to wash the feet twice a day using an antibacterial soap antibacterial soap A bactericidal agent used to clean the skin–eg, Betadine, pHisoHex and dry thoroughly, especially between the toes. Apply a spray deodorant deodorant /de·odor·ant/ (de-o´der-int)
1. masking offensive odors.
2. an agent that so acts.
n. , wear cotton socks and leather footwear and go barefoot when possible. Leave shoes to air in between use for at least 24 hours and use deodorising insoles. If perspiration perspiration: see sweat.
Fluid given off by the skin as vapour by simple evaporation or as sweat actively secreted from sweat glands to evaporate and cool the body. and odour persist, try using a stronger deodorant such as Driclor from your local pharmacy. If these measures fail to solve the problem after about three weeks, antibiotic or antifungal antifungal /an·ti·fun·gal/ (-fung´gal)
1. destructive to fungi, or suppressing their reproduction or growth; effective against fungal infections.
2. an agent that so acts. treatments may be necessary.