What causes smelly feet?

Having smelly feet may be a source of embarrassment for many people. This is a common problem that is easily solved. The main cause of foot odor is sweat. When we sweat into our shoes there is no place for the moisture to go, and as bacteria react with it, a foul odor is released. Some people just naturally sweat more than others, but anyone can have smelly feet. The way to get rid of this problem is to change your shoes from day-to-day. Give your footwear a chance to dry out and breathe before putting your feet back inside them. This can take up to 24 hours, especially for work shoes. To speed up the process, we recommend removing the shoe liners and placing them and the shoes in direct sunlight.

Also, remember to wash your feet daily and dry them thoroughly before putting on your socks and shoes.

In addition, there are powders and sprays that can help. Our office carries an antifungal shoe spray that has a pleasant scent and kills bacteria and fungus.

In some cases, athlete’s foot may cause foot odor. If so, our doctors can recommend an appropriate topical medication, as well as assisting you with minimizing the sweating of your feet.

We can help you banish smelly feet for good. Follow our tips to help you get rid of foot odor. If you have more questions, call Dr. John Hollander at (707) 578-1222 to schedule an office visit today.

What does a fungal nail infection look like?

A fungal nail infection can be frustrating and painful. You may not realize at first that you have one, so here are some things to look out for. The infection typically starts with a small yellow or white spot on your nails, which you may ignore or brush off as nothing serious. Your nails will gradually become more discolored. They may also become thickened, brittle, cracked, distorted, and dull-colored (no shine). Eventually, you may feel pain or notice a foul smell coming from them, and they may separate from the nail bed.

It can be somewhat difficult to treat a deep-set fungal infection, so at the first sign, it is important to call Dr. John Hollander right away at (707) 578-1222 to schedule an appointment in our Santa Rosa, CA office. We can treat your fungal nail infection, so you can get rid of fungal nails and enjoy life without pain and embarrassment.

How are fungal nails treated?

There are a wide variety of fungal nail treatments available. What will work for your toes depends on your unique situation. Topical medications like sprays, ointments, creams, and antifungal lacquer eliminate the pathogen on the surface of your nail. These topical medicines have a harder time penetrating the nail to the source of the infection in the nail bed, though, so they may not work well on their own.

Oral medications travel through the bloodstream to the infected tissue and provide treatment at the source. However, this medicine does have a number of side effects and may not work for everyone.

Laser therapy for fungal nails uses highly focused light to eliminate the infection at the source, without the side effects. The procedure is quick and allows your nail tissue to begin growing healthily right away.

If you’re struggling with fungal nail infections, know that the sooner you address the infection, the sooner you can eradicate it. Contact our team here at John D. Hollander, DPM in Santa Rosa, CA, for more information or to make an appointment to get started. Call (707) 578-1222 or use our online request form to reach us.