What the Hell is that Smell?
If you're the geeky type, you might call it bromodosis. If you're into sports, maybe it's known to you as athlete's foot. And if you want a little bit of "local flavor", you may call it "kachichas". Whatever name you may want to call it though, it still equates to one thing: smelly, utterly stinky feet.
Judging by the name alone, athlete's foot may conjure up visions of Jordanesque leaping abilities for those born yesterday. Too bad, though, because having athlete's foot does not necessarily mean you will have extraordinary athletic prowess. It is not something anyone would want to be afflicted with.
Understanding the Roots of Stink
To better prevent pungent foot smells, you need to understand its root causes. First of all, foot odor is the result of excessive perspiration from your feet. As you wear socks most of the day, bacteria can grow in your socks and in the lining of your shoes. It then consumes the dead skin cells on feet, thus causing the repelling odor. Add the fact that Pinoys often have to tread flooded streets on a regular basis and you've got the potential for a breakout in your socks the like of which the world hasn't seen since the Chernobyl disaster.
Preventing Stink from Afflicting Your Feet
While feet aren't the prettiest, sweetest smelling part of the human anatomy, it is no excuse to just neglect it and let it stink away. Personal hygiene, after all, says a lot about a person. Depending on where you stand on the equation, you can either attract or repel other people-most of all pretty women!
Here are a few ways to control smelly feet and make them at least bearable enough not to repulse everyone around you:
- Foot Powder
A little touch of foot powder is like fairy dust. It is enough to prevent bacterial growth and hamper the development of unpleasant feet smells.
- Socks & Shoes
Lack of ventilation accelerates the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Make sure to change shoes daily to give them proper ventilation. For the love of all that is holy, change your socks daily. In addition, you can also make use of fresh, synthetic socks, as these are less likely to breed bacteria.
- Home Remedies
You need not look for fancy products at the pharmacy to prevent or cure smelly feet. With a few simple foot soaking sessions, you can say goodbye to stinky feet. Soaking your feet in warm water laced with a good dose of salt is enough to do the trick. In addition to its odor-neutralizing effects, it is also a good way to relax after a long, hard day.
- Good Hygiene
It all starts and ends with good hygiene. When you take care of yourself, you will not have to worry about unpleasant bodily odors. Wash your feet regularly and thoroughly and make sure to dry them before putting on your footwear.
If you are on a sacred vow of celibacy and are using smelly feet to repel the ladies, then we applaud you for your dedication. Otherwise, there is absolutely no reason for you to have smelly feet and not do anything to rid you of it. Practice these tips and you will be able to keep your feet free from pungent odors.