Home Treatment and Professional Treatment Options for Hyperhidrosis/Bromhidrosis
Bromhidrosis or foot odor and sweaty feet (hyperhidrosis) can be an uncomfortable and embarrassing problem and a much more common problem than you might expect. There are several options which can be very effective. The following are some proven self-treatment options. We suggest giving the treatments about four weeks. If they don’t work be sure to make an appointment in our Lone Tree foot clinic. There are some prescription medications and other treatment options that are very effective for those who do not respond to these more conservative options.
The odor with sweaty feet is usually due to the growth of bacteria or fungus that enjoy the ideal moist dark environment typical of shoes. It is important to keep your feet and shoes dry to help reduce and control this growth.
Home Treatments Options:
In less severe case of sweaty feet or foot order you can attempt the following plan. For best results, follow this plan religiously for four weeks. If you are not 100% better, make an appointment in our Lone Tree foot clinic.
- Every day, wash your feet every day with an deodorizing foot soap. There are several options available through Amazon or your local pharmacy.
- Each morning, after drying your feet very well apply a foot anti-perspirant and deodorant. Dry-sol is one option that is readily available.
- An ultraviolet shoe sanitizer, the steri-shoe device kills the odor-causing germs that reside inside your shoes with an ultraviolet light (UVC). In only one 45 minute treatment, you can destroy up to 99.9% of the microorganisms in shoes, including the bacteria and fungi that cause foot odor, toenail fungus, and athlete’s foot. It is readily available online through such retailers as Amazon.
- Avoid cotton and nylon socks – cotton holds moisture next to your skin. Instead, wear socks that wick moisture away from your feet. The Smartknit X-static socks , Smart wool or acrylic socks. These socks wick moisture away from your feet and are made with wool or a wool blend and some have silver fibers integrated which also help kill bacteria and fungus.
- Use a “shoe deodorant” such mycomist, which is a clorophyll based spray used to kill odor causing fungi and bacteria
- Itching may also indicate a problem such as athlete’s foot fungal infection. If so, each night before bed wash your feet and apply OTC athlete’s foot cream.
- Try to alternate your shoes – never wear the same pair two days in a row, allowing them to fully dry between visits for best results.
If the above treatment does not provide relief within three weeks make an appointment to see us in our Lone Tree office. If it doesn’t clear up, you may have something other than Athlete’s foot or you may need prescription medications.