Foot Odor & Perspiration Causes, Treatment, and Prevention Products

Foot odor is a common foot skin issue that occurs when excess perspiration from your feet soaks the lining of your shoes and socks. Perspiration creates an optimal environment for bacteria which can grow and cause a bad odor.

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Foot odor symptoms are not hard to spot. Sweaty, smelly feet and/or shoes are the most common signs.

People who wear poorly ventilated shoes, synthetic or non-leather boots, or non-wicking socks made of polyester or nylon tend to have persistent foot odor.

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What causes foot odor? Bacteria are the major foot odor causes. Bacteria consume dead skin cells on the feet, which then produce foot odor. Foot odor treatments sometimes target bacteria, and other times prevent wetness from perspiration, leading to a reduction or cure of foot odor.

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In addition to foot odor treatment for an existing problem, you may be wondering if there is a foot odor cure. Try some of the foot odor prevention techniques below.

  • Keep your feet dry and ventilated
  • Change your shoes daily to allow them to dry out thoroughly
  • Wear clean, cotton socks to help wick perspiration from the skin
  • Use powders or other drying agents
  • Practice good daily hygiene (wash and dry your feet well)
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Prevent and treat foot odor with a wide range of products from Dr. Scholl's.

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Not medical advice, see a doctor if problems persist.

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