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Why do my feet smell so bad?

Why do my feet smell so bad?

Bromohidrosis: This could be either from a bacterial or fungus overgrowth such as in athlete's foot infection. If it is one of the other, especially tinea pedis, then this needs to be treated with anti-fungal agents. If it is evaluated for bromohidrosis, then a anti perspirant can be recommended. You need to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Smelly Feet (Definition)

Smelly feet or bromodrosis, as it is called, is described as an odor given off from the feet as a result of sweat reacting with bacteria on the foot. The odor is often described as cheese-like, ammonia like, ...Read more


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How could i make my feet smell good?

How could i make my feet smell good?

Smelly feet: You can try washing your feet with an antibacterial soap. Use absorbent foot powders and antiperspirant sprays. Change sweaty socks midway through your day, and rotate your shoes often. If you have any shoes that are smelly, get rid of them. If this does not work, see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Omg my feet smell horrible. Is there a powder I can use?

Omg my feet smell horrible. Is there a powder I can use?

Smell Feet: The condition is called bromohidrosis. The feet contain over 500, 000 sweat glands. The use of otc and rx powders and treatments are available to help with this condition. See your local podiatrist who can help with these symptoms. ...Read more

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Why do my feet smell like sour milk?

Why do my feet smell like sour milk?

Feet have many : Sweat glands. I would try washing them well with soak and then soaking them in a bucket of lukewarm water with teabags. Do this once a day for a week, then you can cut it down. Your shoe gear may be contaminated with fungus or bacteria and you should disinfect them. There are various sprays to do this. ...Read more

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My feet smell like stinky cheese even after i shower what's the deal?

My feet smell like stinky cheese even after i shower what's the deal?

Make sure you : Wash them as opposed to just showering. Check between your toes and look for peeling skin, redness or white discoloration. If you have that you may have a bacterial or fungal infection between the toes. Do, they sweat? What color is the bottom of the foot is it calloused? ...Read more

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I wear heels without any peds or nylons and my feet smell. What can I do to reduce the smell?

I wear heels without any peds or nylons and my feet smell. What can I do to reduce the smell?

Foot odor: Comes from the interaction between sweat and shoe material, and can also come from certain infections, fungal or bacterial. Rather than focus on how to hide or treat the odor, you need to find out what's causing it. Bring your feet to a podiatrist who will be able to tell you why you have this odor and treat the cause, not just the symptom. Good luck! ...Read more

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If I walk to work in running shoes then change to sandals, my feet smell. What can I do?

If I walk to work in running shoes then change to sandals, my feet smell. What can I do?

Dry your feet: Most odor comes from moisture and bacteria that grow on the foot.Make sure that you keep your skin dry and that should help. ...Read more

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My daughters feet smell horrible she says she they sweat terrible we have tried so many things but nothings working what could cause this?

My daughters feet smell horrible she says she they sweat terrible we have tried so many things but nothings working what could cause this?

Soak it: I would also recommend adding corn starch powders to her shoes and socks to absorb moisture. In addition, soaking feet in a mixture of vinegar (preferably apple cider vinegar) and water will reduce bacteria, fungus, and the overall smell feet in general. Do this about 4 time a week for 20 minutes ...Read more

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I've never had a problem with smelly feet before. But now my feet always smell and i can't get rid of it. Help?

I've never had a problem with smelly feet before. But now my feet always smell and i can't get rid of it. Help?

Smelly feet: As stated , fungus is a frequent culprit. Other causes are excessive sweating , pitted keratolysis, poor hygiene , brevibacterium , old smelly shoes , etc. See your podiatrist for assistance ...Read more

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What makes feet smell my grand-daughter's feet smell like a locker room

What makes feet smell my grand-daughter's feet smell like a locker room

Hello. : Hello. Bacteria like to live in moist environments. When we sweat, bacteria can flourish. We all have bacteria on our skin. The bacteria create substances that have "foot smells". If the feet are not ventilated, more sweat will build up. Think about what makes a locker room stink- gym shoes. Why do gym shoes stink more than our other shoes? - because we exercise and sweat in them. ...Read more

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I have a problem with smelly feet. My shoes smell really bad after a while too. What can I do?

I have a problem with smelly feet. My shoes smell really bad after a while too. What can I do?

Several things: These symptoms can only be adequately addressed by your doctor in real-time (face-to-face). Only after a thorogh evaluation, possibly including labs and other studies, can he/she determine what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Why do my 11 year old's feet smell so bad? He doesn't have athlete's foot/fungus.

Why do my 11 year old's feet smell so bad?  He doesn't have athlete's foot/fungus.

Are his socks: A little on the wet side at the end of the day? He may sweat....There are many sweat glands on the bottom of the feet, and this may be a potential problem. Try soaking his feet in warm water and tea bags...The tannic acid in the tea will dry out the feet from over active sweat glands and then the smell usually dissipitated as well when the sweating is controlled. Start off nightly, and go to weekl. ...Read more

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How to make my feet don't smell bad?

How to make my feet don't smell bad?

See below: You have a condition called bromhydrosis. This could be caused by bacteria that may respond to antibiotics. If not infection try soaking in dilute tea (tanic acid). If no success, see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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