Bromhidrosis – smelly feet

Bromhidrosis is where one has a problem with feet that tend to have an odour. The smelly foot can manifest as a result of the combination of hyperhidrosis (sweaty foot) and bacterial or fungal infection. It can be a source of tremendous embarrassment to the sufferer.

What causes bromhidrosis?

The feet have more sweat glands than other parts of the body. They can sweat when you are doing exercise or on hot days. The sweat can often not escape, depending on your footwear.

Bromhidrosis is often linked to sweaty feet syndrome. Sufferers will notice that the feet and shoes smell all year round.

The cause can be more than sweaty feet. It can also be caused by drugs, hormonal changes or stress.

How is bromhidrosis treated?

You can take a number of preventative steps to control or prevent bromhidrosis.

  • Bathe your feet in lukewarm water and dry thoroughly – try using a hairdryer to get warm air between the toes, where skin can often remain moist.
  • You can apply a foot powder, once your foot is completely dry, to help maintain dryness.
  • Wear fresh socks daily. Thicker socks will absorb moisture better. Also, think about natural fibres like wool or cotton.
  • Try to change your shoes, so you don’t wear the same pair all the time. Avoiding plastic shoes and nylon socks is also a good idea. Leather, canvas or mesh shoes will allow the skin to breathe.
  • Keep your toenails clean and short and remove any hard skin with a file. This skin can become soggy and damp.