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Stinky feet help please!

My daughter is 25. She works 8-10 hours in hose and usually leather shoes. At the end of the day, she feels so embarrassed. She asked me for advice, but I have no help to give - I rarely sweat. I know she is excellent about her hygiene. The "Odor Eaters" insoles didn't help. Any experience?

Oh. It's okay to joke around. I'll still give you a star....the mods may not though!

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There are foot powders that are made for sweaty feet and foot odor, if I'm not mistaken, Dr Scholls makes it as well.

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That's the brand I was thinking of. Her birthday is coming up. This is going to be the weirdest set of gifts ever. Good thing she has a wicked sense of humor. She'll need it!
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I think she'll like it! She's probably embarrassed about having foot odor and she'll be relieved to know that there's an alternative. You're a good mom, happy2behere, I'm sure that she will appreciate anything that you give her! :)
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Thank you. As my grandmother would say, "She has a good head on her shoulders." And like I said....wicked sense of humor! Still, I don't want her to be embarrassed over something so normal.
I have lots of info to work with. For what appeared to be a silly question, it was very informative!
Thank you Tom!
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You're very welcome, I'm glad that I could be of some help! I hope it works. You're right, we all sweat, it's a perfectly normal thing and she shouldn't be embarrassed about it but she's a girl!
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Take a shower!

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Lol! She's very clean. You get that star! *******
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Air fresheners lmfao. I use odor eaters. Try not to use really bulky socks or shoes that are right too. This makes it so the air is trapped and when it gets warm, they sweat

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I bet that's it. Pantyhose don't breathe like cotton does. Now for the cure...
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Gotta let the feet breathe when you can,foot powder is a winner too.

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She does have some time at the desk. Thanks!
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Glad to help.
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Put foot powder in the shoes she wears

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I'll ask what brands she's tried, if any.

Thank you.
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Okay your welcome
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this may sound weird, use regular insoles with dryer sheets under them. should smell like fresh laundry

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Dryer sheets! That's worth a shot!
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Buy different shoes, wear cotton hosiery

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I did mention that when she wears pants, she isn't stuck with hose. Maybe I'll shop for her. Thanks!
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Oops. Didn't not did.

Sorry my froggy friend. That booboo sounded bocky. I wasn't being snide. Sorry for the typo!
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Buy bulk Christmas trees. One in each shoe.

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We live in the country. I'll just get my axe........

Wow! Christmas all year long!
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lol!
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She's wearing the same pair of shoes every day, I bet. She needs to have at least 2, preferably 3, pair of shoes & wear them on alternating days. This gives the shoes time to dry out ... It's the moisture that promotes bacterial growth, which causes foot odor (in addition to athletes foot fungus & other nasty stuff!)

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She has several pairs, but the black ones go with most outfits. Her birthday is coming up. Darn! Do 2 women have to go shoe shopping?? Well, a mother's work is never done....
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A foot-powder may help .
"Home Remedies for Foot Odor" ~
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-foot-odor.htm
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Bookmarked...! Thank you very much!
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You're most welcome !
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You can put dryer sheets inside the shoes and spray them every night with febreze. Odor is caused by a moisture problem. Using foot powder as a drying agent helps. She might also try lining her soles with cotton .....uh ......pads .......ya know.

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Whoa! That's a thought. Just change them throughout the day.

I assume you mean the thin ones, not the diaper size? :D (and blush)
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I just saw that I forgot your star. Sorry! It's here now!
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How manditory are the hose? Feet are very sweaty even under the best of conditions. These feet are not given the opportunity to have the sweat wicked away. Cotton socks are the best option out there. The powder will help a little, but will not be the most effective.

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Mandatory with skirts and dresses. Okay to go cotton with slacks.

It's another fashion curse. Stuff the toes in high heels, and suffocate them at the same time.

It's just nuts.
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Dr. Scholl's medicated foot powder works for me. I sprinkle some in my shoes in the morning and also when I take them off for the day.

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That's the brand that seems to get good reviews. Good idea to use it before and after.
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Try wearing the little socks that go in your shoes and you can't see. She can wear them over her hose to keep the moisture down. Also more than one pair of shoes because they need to dry out all the way.

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We are definitely shoe shopping so she has more than one black pair. They seem to go best with everything.

I'm going to look for little socks to absorb.

I know at this point, she'll be glad to try anything. Thank you!
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They have the kind that come just over the toes and you can wear them with any shoes.
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Thank you! I was picturing the more sporty ones. I'll look. Thank you again.
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What kind of work does she do, that she wears hose and sweats so much? Maybe wear nice cotton socks, instead? Cotton might absorb the heat more. I'm sure polyester, or whatever the hose are made of, wont.
Also, if all else fails, have her go to a foot doctor for a check up. Ya never know .many times, when there are intolerable odors, which we can't explain, it could be due to something going on, internally.

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She manages and is a buyer for a clothing store, so she has to be dressed rather formally. (That's a shock for my tomboy!)
Cotton would be so nice! Manmade fabrics just aren't as good.
Thank you!
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No problem Hun. Good luck
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She can use a basic anti-persp./deodorant...like the ones you use under your arms. (Just as long as she does not have diabetes or kidney problems, though.)

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I've heard that somewhere. I'd forgotten that. Thank you! This is one of the most helpful set of answers ever.
Thanks Yummy!
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You are welcome. I saw it on either Dr. Oz or The Doctors. :)
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Dr. Oz is a quack.Deodorant doesn't contain the same harmful aluminum that anti-perspirant does.(that is what damages the kidneys)
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Aluminum! I've heard that's the problem. Have you gone here?

http://www.ewg.org/

They have tons of info on toxic chemicals. I have changed so much of my practices. We had far too many young family members get cancer and other issues. I'm being much more careful.
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Nothing is safe any more.
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Yeah, that was totally me that added that part anyway... I just felt I had to say it "just in case" for my conscience...since it says that on mine...but thanks anyway. (Since mine is a mixture of the two...deodorant will not stop her feet from sweating.)
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The bummer is, you can't find natural things as effective if you are more prone.
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You can't even be sure if powder or the things you put into your shoes are safe either....you never know anyway. They always find something to say about something sooner or later. I was just sharing what I heard...that is all. I'm not a doctor and never claimed to be an expert. :)
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Oh Yummy. There was no ill will on my part to you.
The experts aren't experts!
We are all so frustrated with the confusion.
I liked your answer. I will share it!
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Thanks :)
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This sounds weird as well , I have a problem with foot odor as well , So what I do is After I shower , Put solid deodorant on my feet or use Ban roll on and it works excellent , Also I lightly spray 91% rubbing alcohol in my shoes in the evening after wearing , The alcohol kills bacteria that causes odor and kills fungus as well , Worth a try

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This is a new one! Do you just put regular isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle?
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Oh, and thank you for answering!
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Yes , Just use a spray bottle , I get the alcohol at Wal Mart because you can get a full quart of 91% rubbing alcohol for the price you would pay for a pint elsewhere
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Thank you - for the general info and the bargain!

I wish we could star comments. Thank you.
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You're most welcome , Don't worry about starring comments , Just glad to help
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Anybody who works out a lot is likely to get the same problem. Some of us use odor eaters (which have failed in her case) some of us use foot deodorant. Her solution may be as simple as taking a second pair of shoes and hose to work and changing part way through the day. (I knew a man who sweated so much that when he went dancing he took two spare shirts and managed to go through them all during the night.)

Back in the day, I actually came up with a foot deodorant for joggers. Everybody is familiar with Eau de Cologne, of course, but I called mine, Eau Dem Golden Slippers.

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I was really hoping you'd show up here. Eau Dem Golden Answers!

I can't wait for Mr. Happy to see this one. He reads all of yours.
The problem is, he gets excited and wants to type.
"NOOOO, you mad English Major! You'll get me kicked off Ask!"

He won't get an account of his own. I'll have to keep playing middleman .... middlewoman.
Oh, I don't care what role. Long as I get to play!
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You'd better bring him aboard, Happy. It sounds as though he'd have a ball.
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He would! But for all of the wit and humor I love, he's kinda shy.
Can you imagine an extrovert like me with a shy guy? Yet, he does most of the talking here at home. I'm too busy laughing or contemplating most of the time. You two would be great together. He reads all kinds of philosophy, religion, literature....
I wish I could get the two of you in a room. You could go nuts, while Daizy and I come up with one-liners!
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I'll bet you'd double team us, too.
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Heck ya! Women don't fight fair.
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Have her soak her feet in vodka

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Nice. Test the "star for a joke." Nice. Nice.

Oh okay. Here's your star!
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Lol! No joke!
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Happy, I don't know if anyone mentioned this, but, I saw on Dr. Oz, that soaking feet in cold tea is definitely supposed to work. I mean, that guy knows what he's talking about. I hope you suggest that.

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I also saw on there that Apple Cider Vinegar is good for feet. Hmmm. That I had not heard. Thank you!

I think she will try anything. We have a great list just from this Q&A. I knew everyone would come through!

The question seemed silly, but it's so common!
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You're welcome. No, it's not a silly question. Seems like it was worth asking. Good luck to your daughter!
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Hey, Happy, did your daughter ever try the tea? It's really supposed to work. Soak a couple times a day, I think.
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Hi mom! I've missed you!

Actually, I don't know if she tried the tea cure. Shopping for extra shoes was a really fun event/answer that we shared. :D The vodka answer got shifted to hand sanitizer several times a day. Idk what else she tried, but she hasn't complained for quite awhile. Hooray!!! Ask gave her plenty of info to cure the PU !!!

This is why I can't wait to get back here again for a great Ask Marathon. Everyone was awesome. You can't google info like this, and it won't be delivered with such friendship and compassion.

To reiterate....
Hi mom! I've missed you! (Hoping for Tuesday or Wednesday.) <3
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Well, good. Sounds like something worked! :)

You are right about Ask. The camaraderie alone is great, isn't it?! :)

Awww, thanks, Happy. Isn't exactly the same around here without your brilliant answers and warmth with everyone. :) I did see you sneak in for a voting session! Will be nice to have you back.
Thanks. :)
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The answer Joshua Bagel gave is true!!! It was on Dr. Oz last year because vodka kills the bacteria that causes this odor. In order to have a bad odor, there has to be bacteria present, not just sweat. They got a big cheap bottles of vodka and had a guy in the audience soak each foot in it for 10-15 minutes a night for a week. (just use the same vodka). The odor never came back. They also had him rotate his shoes every three days and had him put his shoes in the dryer with some towels on hot and had him dry them out each night. But the vodka thing DOES work and it's permanent.

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That's fascinating, Sin.
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Very interesting!
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Try dryer sheets stuffed in the foot part of the hose....

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How cute that she has perspiring, stinky feet! She should have a good laugh at the cheesy, etc. odor :-) The basic continual advice posted is washing feet with soap, using underarm deodorant on the soles or foot powder, changing shoes, breathable sock material, etc.

Make sure she dries her feet well after showering: between the toes especially, thorough sole drying as well as the tops- - this may have been overlooked.
Possibly get some cedar trees for the pumps/flats.
Also, there are foot scrub recipes on-line and salt is sometimes mentioned as an ingredient.

Best bet: seek out your local independent apothecary or herbalist that can make a salve, scrub or powder of multiple ingredients just for her... and her beautiful, sweaty pungent cheesies:-)

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Thanks swalter! That was informative and fun!
She has been using a salt scrub. It's excellent for exfoliation and cleansing.
We went shoe shopping, so she has more choices.
She has also started soaking in vodka. It's only been two days, and I haven't seen her to see if her "cheesies" are getting tipsy. :-)
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