Many adults and children suffer from smelly feet. Excessive sweating causing bacterial growth is often the main cause for foot odour but it can also occur from fungal infections as well. Symptoms include:
- Feet that smell bad
- Sweaty feet
- Infections (bacterial or fungal)
To treat foot odour check for bacterial or fungal infections. Bacterial infections occur when bacteria begin to eat away at the top layer of the skin, producing the bad smell. For this type of infection, a visit to the doctor and a prescription of antibiotics should clear the infection.
Fungal infections, like Athlete’s Foot, can cause a myriad of issues that make the feet produce an odour, but can be fixed with over the counter foot sprays or creams. If none of these are the case, try the following tips. Practice good hygiene by washing your feet daily and drying thoroughly. Wear clean socks and do not wear shoes without socks. If your feet sweat a lot, try a different type of sock that lets the foot breathe (natural fibres like cotton) or change socks frequently.