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Reasons Your Feet Smell And How To Get Rid Of It

By Lekhaka

The human foot has two hundred and fifty perspiration glands and secretes about five hundred millilitres of perspiration every day. In actual sense, this perspiration is the primary reason for foot odour. In this article we shall talk about the reasons of feet smell and how to get rid of the smell.

Certain ailments and diseases contribute to foot odour. Toe nail fungus is a type of an infection which affects the nail as well as the nail bed. Major reasons for this fungal infection are heavy perspiration, humid environment and advanced age. This can be treated with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Coconut oil has also been seen to cure this.

Brevibacterium is an odour-causing bacteria. This bacterium is located on the legs and it eats dead skin to grow. It causes foot odour which is a sulphur-like smell which resembles that of rotting cabbage. To treat this, wash your feet often with soap and water and let the feet breathe. Change your socks often.

Foods with low carbs and high protein levels are likely to cause an odour in people who suffer from ketosis. The body starts creating a substance known as ethylamine. This substance has a distinctive smell like the one present in fish.

A few of the foods that cause this situation include red meat, garlic, onions, egg yolks and sea foods. Over consumption of these foods ultimately causes foot smell. Hence, to prevent this kind of smell, avoid eating these foods and consume lots of water to flush the toxins out of the body.

Athletes foot is an infection that develops between toes, soles and also on the sides of the foot. It derives its name from the fact that athletes due to excessive workouts suffer from lots of sweating and damp feet. This causes smelly feet.

This infection causes the legs to burn and an itchy feeling on the skin around the legs causing lots of discomfort to the feet. Anti-fungal medicines will help treat this problem.

Story first published: Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 14:30 [IST]
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