Smelly feet is actually a sign of something happening. Apart from a few foods which cause some skin sweating with minor odour. Odour from feet is usually associated with a cause.
The 3 top main causes:
This is the most common and unfortunately links in with most other smelly foot issues.
If you have a wet or damp foot then place it into a dark area and keep it warm you are causing an amazing place to create micro-organisms to live a much healthier life. Your own skin microbes do a great job at keeping invaders away but they too can become over run or even become excess themselves.
The fungus munches away at the skin and then deposits what it doesn't like. The dead skin and fungus causes excess odour.
The most common sweaty feet people?
If you think about it, it is quite obvious. Increased sweating, increased warmth, constant socks/ shoes. They usually have a shower regularly- but still are keeping the foot in a damp environment.
Diabetes can also create sweaty feet and some people also have an excess sweat element to them anyway.
Bacteria is where it starts to get a little worse. There is overgrowth of bacteria and it is chomping on that skin and causing a bad time for your feet. You can get "pitting" within your skin which is a bacterial infection of the skin. In some instances Pseudomonas can come in and cause really smelly feet. If this is the case then a Doctor visit is required.
The next worse one is the ulcer- or break down in the skin. Can you see in the picture that around the holes there is yellow then white skin? That is macerated- too much discharge and discharge in excess is infection- which can really smell if not managed properly.
If you have holes in your feet then that is an immediate Doctor visit. They can in some instances get worse and form wet gangrene which is even smellier as it is skin breakdown with no blood and infection combined.
It all depends which type of smelly feet issue you actually have. Holes and the feet or a bacterial infection? Go to the doctor. If you smelly feet are causing problems for you then going to the doctor to figure out the underlying cause is a wise idea.
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Hi. I'm Dominic. I treat patients every day at a local clinic. I am a trained Chiropodist and I care about prevention. I designed the website to help readers understand treat and even prevent issues from happening to their feet.