Update: October 2018
Unpleasant foot odor is an actual problem for many people:
his constant presence greatly darkens life and makes
successful people are insecure. The smell of sweat feet has an unpleasant
tendency to spread over long distances
shoes, especially if the shoes are wet. All this leads to a constant
Nervousness and irritability, fear to take off in a party and
Why does foot odor occur?
The basis of smell is the work of the sweat glands, which are located on
foot skin surfaces in large quantities and perform the most important
function – thermoregulation.
During the period of elevated outdoor temperature, while wearing
warm shoes and socks, with increased physical activity sweat
the glands begin to work harder and the smell gets more
pronounced. Up to 200 ml of sweat can be produced per day.
The fluid produced by the sweat glands, i.e. sweat does not smell
because it consists of 99% water, and only 1% is
various salts, acids, chlorine and ammonia. Smell occurs in
the result of bacteria for which sweat is
wonderful habitat. And socks and shoes that man
wears almost constantly, create optimal conditions for
reproduction of microorganisms: warm and humid environment.
However, the smell smell different. Everyone has their own
smell of sweat of a certain intensity. Sometimes cause unpleasant
foot odor is an individual feature of the body in the form
increased sweating – not the most pleasant feature, but knowing about
one person can strictly observe hygienic rules and not
worry about the problem.
In addition to natural causes, bad breath can be
provoked by some pathologies:
- Foot fungus, toenail nail fungus;
- Hormonal changes in the body;
- Stress, nervous diseases, phobias;
- Endocrine diseases;
- Cardiovascular pathology;
- Unbalanced nutrition.
Therefore, if the unpleasant smell of the legs began to bother suddenly, and
previously this was not observed – this is a reason to go through medical
- Non-compliance with the rules of hygiene;
- Wearing synthetic socks, tights;
- Untimely change of socks and tights;
- Wearing shoes made of artificial materials;
- Constant wearing of closed shoes;
- Walking in soaked socks and shoes.
How to get rid of foot odor? The first thing to do is
find out the cause of this unpleasant symptom. If the cause
served as a disease, get rid of the smell of creams and
Fungal diseases of the legs
The fungus of the foot or nails is very contagious, but even with
infection does not always occur disease. In contact with fungal
agent strong immune system does not develop fungal
disease, and with a weakened immune response – infection leads
to the spread of the fungus and the fight against it can be delayed for a long time. AT
depending on the severity of the pathology and etiological factor (type
fungus) can be assigned:
- antifungal drugs in pills (ketoconazole,
- antifungal creams (Nizoral, Zalain);
- antifungal sprays (Terbix, Lamisil);
- antifungal varnishes (Batrafen, Demicten, Loceryl).
Compliance with the instructions for the use of antifungal drugs for
feet, thorough hygiene of the skin of the legs, disinfection of linen and shoes
allows you to get rid of the fungus, and hence from unpleasant
Personal Care Rules
This is without which no remedy for foot odor can
to work fully. Sometimes strict hygiene is enough
to combat the annoying smell:
- Daily washing of feet, in the morning and in the evening.
- With good portability – washing the feet with cold water after
- Periodic cleansing of the skin from dead cells (use
- Thorough drying of the skin of the legs, especially between the toes.
- Wearing high quality socks and stockings (made from natural materials
or with a small admixture of synthetics).
- Wearing high-quality shoes from natural materials.
- Wear commensurate footwear.
- Regular change of socks.
- Permanent shoe care – inner surface treatment
footwear antiseptic solutions (potassium permanganate, peroxide
It is an affordable tool for everyone to use.
every day. According to the mechanism of action deodorants are divided into:
antiperspirants, flavors (masking odor), normalizing
sweating and healing. By the form come in the form of cream, gel, spray
or talcum powder.
- Antiperspirants block sweat tubules: FRESHFOOT, KLIMA
SUREFOOT SPRAY, Odour Control Neutra-Activ. They can not be used
around the clock, the skin of the legs must also breathe.
- Deodorants, normalizing perspiration: Vichy 7 days, Deo
control. They do not block the sweat glands, but support
sweating is minimal.
- Healing deodorants do not give multiply by bacteria, eliminating
root cause of odor: Gevol honey. However, they should not be used.
constantly – as you know, bacteria gradually get used to
destructive substances for them, i.e. become resilient.
Deodorants are applied on clean and dry skin of the feet, it is necessary
allow time for the deodorant to soak or dry, and
then wear socks or shoes. AT конце дня средство обязательно
should wash off.
Creams, foot lotions
There are so many foot creams used for
prevent excessive sweating. Creams are good because their
can be used continuously, even throughout life, the main thing –
pick your perfect cream. Besides the main action, cream
cares for the skin of the feet, softens and nourishes it. Most popular and
effective foot cream:
This is a unique product from the Swedish company Scandi Line,
representing a clear liquid. AT составе – гидрат
aluminum chloride and denatured alcohol. Active substances
create a protein-aluminum cap which does not violate the function
sweat glands, and leads to the fact that sweat is in normal volume and
more easily excreted from other places and excreted by the kidneys.
With proper use of anti-sweat and odor enough for
3-5 days. The product is applied to clean and dry skin an hour before bedtime.
gently moistened and dried naturally
A couple of minutes. It is already impossible to wash this day, but in the morning you can
perform familiar hygiene procedures, the drug is no longer
will wash off.
Vegetable foot cream from an Israeli manufacturer
Hlavin. AT составе крема несколько активных веществ: тальк, оксид
zinc, ethylhexylglycerol, potato starch, triethyl citrate,
chamomile, arnica, calendula. Protects against sweat and odor for 7
days Продукт не имеет smell. It has a complex effect –
slows down the activity of the sweat glands, kills bacteria and
Apply in very small quantities to clean and dry skin.
feet by uniform rubbing in the entire problem area. Legs
you can not soak for some time, after which you can wash, engage
sports, etc. – protection from sweat will be provided. Repeat
drawing is necessary only at emergence of a smell of sweat.
Galeno Farm “5 days”
Active ingredients: zinc oxide, having a drying,
disinfectant and astringent effect, cetyl alcohol retaining
moisture in the skin, camphor – antiseptic and menthol, giving the skin
freshness and cooling of the foot. Thus, the cream acts
comprehensively, reducing sweating activity and destroying
pathogenic flora. Apply to dry and clean skin of the feet every day.
preferably in the evening before bedtime. The consistency of the cream is fatty,
therefore, you should not create a film, but apply it in a small
quantity so that the cream is absorbed into the skin.
Foot Cream deodorizing Deo-control from Kalina
AT составе – уникальный комплекс OilCARE: масла ши, лаванды,
какао, чайное дерево и витамины А, Е, AT5. Destroys bacteria and
creates an invisible protective film on the skin. It is applied after a shower on
dry skin by rubbing the required amount of cream into the skin of the feet
и пальцев до полного absorption. Repeat нанесение необходимо
after washing or when you smell sweat.
Foot Cream Green Pharmacy deodorizing and antifungal
Contains zinc oxide, menthol, camphor and tea tree oil,
giving the cream a drying, antifungal and deodorizing
act. Promises a five-day protection from sweat. Applied to full
absorption on dry and clean skin of the feet, especially recommended after
visiting the sauna, bath.
Benzoyl Peroxide Gel or Lotion 5 and 10%
Baziron AU, Oxy Silver – according to the instructions of the drug
intended for the treatment of acne, but has been successfully applied against
foot odor. Benzoyl peroxide, the active ingredient of the drug,
inhibits the development of anaerobic flora. Apply 1 time per day on
dry and clean skin, interdigital spaces with light massaging
движениями до полного absorption. Permissible to use up to 3
The drug prescribed by doctors with excessive sweating.
It has a drying and disinfecting effect due to
the content of boric and salicylic acid, talc and zinc oxide.
Apply to clean and dried naturally (not
towel) skin of the feet, interdigital spaces, rubbing paths into
for 1-3 minutes at night. 3-4 days can be used continuously
in a row, then take a break. If necessary, treatment
Lavender oil is a natural antiseptic, destroys
fungus and perfectly refreshes the skin. Use undiluted oil
it is impossible, it must be added to the foot bath. About 5 ml of lavender
the oil is added to the bath at room temperature. Butter,
not known to dissolve in water, therefore for greater effect
it should be diluted in a base fluid, such as milk, and then
add to water. ATремя процедуры составляет 20 минут. Such
Bath should be done 2-3 times a week at night.
Contains formaldehyde possessing antiseptic and
deodorizing effect on the skin. The drug is in the form of a liquid, therefore
care should be taken when dispensing and applying. Apply 1
once a day on clean and dry skin, rubbing the solution into problematic
places. With prolonged use may lead to drying.
The basis of the drug are natural potassium-aluminum
alum, which after a certain processing turn into
powder. They are excellent sweat adsorbents and immobilize
bacteria and fungi. Reduce the activity of sweat glands. Possess
anti-inflammatory action. Used in the form of powder, causing
powder on clean and dry skin in the morning, in the evening the remnants of the drug
wash off under the shower.
It has antiseptic activity, therefore eliminates
cause of smell. A small amount of boric acid is poured into
each sock is distributed over its surface, after which the socks
can be worn on clean and dry feet. Evening feet should
wash thoroughly and send socks to the wash. The procedure is repeated.
during the week, then a break of 5-7 days is made and the course can be
Folk ways to deal with unpleasant foot odor
- Starch. Rescued in a situation where there is nothing else.
It is applied as a powder on dry and clean skin of the feet, after which you can
wear socks and shoes. Absorbs excess sweat,
binds it and prevents the smell.
- Crusts from fresh lemon. Essential oils contained in the skin
lemon, perfectly dried and aromatized skin, as well as
destroy the fungus. Lemon peel must be rubbed in the hands,
to release the oil, and apply it on dry and clean skin of the feet before
- Trays with sea salt. Salt dries and deodorizes the skin
Yes, and bacteria and fungi are very sensitive to the action of natural
salt. Every evening it is necessary to make foot baths with the addition of
2 tbsp. sea salt for 10 minutes. Feet after the procedure
need to be dried naturally.
- Oak bark. The infusion of oak bark has tannic and
drying properties, narrows the sweat ducts. Use
настой для ножных ванночек: 2 tbsp. oak bark poured liter
boiling water for 20 minutes, then add the infusion in the foot bath.
10 minutes is enough to repeat
- Laundry soap. It has strong antimicrobial
property, reduces sweating. But it can dry out the skin,
so do not use more than 5 consecutive days. For achievement
the effect is to wash your feet with soap and cool water.
Автор: врач-гигиенист, эпидемиолог