• Foot Odor & Perspiration

    Foot Odor & Perspiration

    Excessive foot perspiration can lead to embarrassing foot odor and physically uncomfortable feet.

    Causes

    The interaction between the perspiration and the bacteria that thrive in shoes and socks can generate odor. It can be an inherited condition: some people’s feet sweat more than others.

    Stress, some medications, fluid intake, and hormonal changes can also increase the amount of perspiration produced.

    Preventing Foot Odor

    In general, foot odor can be controlled with a few preventive measures:

    • Keep feet clean and dry
    • Always wear socks with closed shoes—cotton socks are best
    • Wear shoes made of leather, canvas, mesh, or other materials that let feet breathe
    • Change socks and shoes at least once a day
    • Let shoes dry out between wearings
    • Check for fungal infections between toes and on the bottoms of feet. If any redness or dry, patchy skin is observed, see a podiatrist right away
    • Dust feet frequently with a non-medicated baby powder or foot powder
    • Applying antibacterial ointment also may help, or an antifungal ointment if fungus exists

    Treatment

    Soak feet in strong black tea for 30 minutes a day for a week. The acid in the tea kills the bacteria and closes the pores, keeping your feet dry longer.

    Use two tea bags per pint of water. Boil for 15 minutes, then add two quarts of cool water. Soak your feet in the cool solution.

    In some cases, a prescription ointment may be required to treat the problem.

  • Toenail & Fingernail Fungus

    Toenail & Fingernail Fungus

    Toenail and fingernail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a common fungal infection of the toenail and fingernail.

    Causes

    Fungus is everywhere so infection is common: up to 20% of the population has the condition. The main cause of fungus is that some people are just more prone than others—individual immune systems vary in their ability to fight off the infection. Patients with athlete’s foot are more likely to contract nail fungus as well.

    It is common in wet, warm, damp places like:

    • Public pools or showers
    • Closed shoes
    • Nails salons that reuse or do not sterilize instruments and basins between clients

    Symptoms of Fungal Nails

    • Thick nails
    • Brittle or peeling nails
    • Discoloration or yellowing appearance
    • The nail may break or pull away from the toe

    It is generally not painful, although if the toenail fungus is left untreated, the skin beneath or around the affected nail could become inflamed or infected. If that occurs, walking or even wearing shoes could become difficult.

    Treatment

    Fungal nails are usually more resistant and more difficult to treat than Athlete’s foot. Topical or oral antifungal medications are typically better at preventing infection than treating it.

    Laser therapy for nail fungus as provided by our Laser Nail Centers can be extremely effective in treating fungus for both the fingernails and toenails.

    Prevention

    • Keep feet and toes dry, let shoes dry out between wearing, and change socks during the day if needed
    • Don’t share nail clippers or nail files with others
    • Have manicures or pedicures performed at medical spas that disinfect and sterilize their supplies
    • Don’t share shoes or socks with others
    • Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when you are at a public pool or shower