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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:10 PM
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This is going to sound dumb - foot odor
I asked in sports and no one had anything useful to offer. I've started running again, but my feet have a moldy smell. This is new, and isn't normal. It's okay if my feet stink when I run, but it's weird when they smell moldy.

They itch a bit, but mostly, they just stink to high heaven. Anyone have any ideas? I'm going to air out my shoes in the sun, and bleach my socks, but it's really ODD.
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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:12 PM
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1. that settles it...no more running for you in the moderator lounge!
:rofl:

(or at least please leave the sneakers at the door)

seriously....any changes to your diet? medication? sounds like an interesting Google exploration (ask.com, etc)...
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:15 PM
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3. *sigh* It truly is terrible
LMAO.

No changes to my diet, this is ODD. It's a moldy smell. Stink I can handle. Itchy, moldy stink, I'm having tremendous issues with.

Laugh it up. Poor feet :(
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:15 PM
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2. Fungus is common on feet and some can have quite an odor, can be different types fungus
Edited on Wed Nov-30-11 04:16 PM by uppityperson



Baking soda in shoes may help. Wear clean socks. Let everything dry. Air out your feet daily. And your shoes. Have 2 pairs of shoes to alternate days with. Anti-monkey butt powder into shoes.

Heat and moisture = yummy.

See a health care provider if your feet peel or get worse.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:17 PM
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6. Thank you, UP I'm going to try Baking Soda
I'm going to bleach my socks. I think I wore a pair that got wet when I accidentally fell in a mudhole for too long.

Bleach should work, right?
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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:27 PM
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12. be sure if you use bleach to rinse them well. You may want to check
the People's Pharmacy website/books - some good suggestions in this thread (ie vinegar) reminded me of that.

check this thread -

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/09/29/stinky-feet-a...
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:29 PM
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13. Thanks for the help NRaleighLiberal
I've never been the best as laundry, and any help I can get is appreciated. The kitchen? I can kick behind, but I'm awful in the laundry room.
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Frustratedlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:46 PM
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22. I'd use peroxide before bleach. You can soak your feet in peroxide/water.
Vinegar is also good. You may smell like a pickle, but what the hey...

There are foot soak mixes at the drugstore you can also buy, but I think a lot of those are epsom salts.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 05:12 PM
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27. That's a good idea, too
My feet still itch a little, even after the MoM bath I put them through.

I know this is a disgusting conversation, but I appreciate the help.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 07:38 PM
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37. Thanks for that, BTW
I have tea and I'm going to try a tea soak.
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salvorhardin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 08:01 PM
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39. never mind... replied in wrong place...
Edited on Wed Nov-30-11 08:02 PM by salvorhardin
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:16 PM
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4. I've heard of people soaking feet in vinegar; maybe that would work...
Vinegar is good for lots of health issues!
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 05:45 PM
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31. I like vinegar, but this seems like an opposite type issue
My gf threw away my socks, so I guess we'll see how I do with new ones.
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sharp_stick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:17 PM
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5. It could be as simple as athlete's foot
Especially if there is itching that goes along with it. The increased sweat can sometimes produce a musty/moldy smell.

You could try some of the over the counter stuff and see if that remedies the problem.
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Schema Thing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:17 PM
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7. I bet if you wipe down with Milk of Magnesia the odor will be gone in minutes


Sure works for underarm odors.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:19 PM
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8. Seriously?
I'll try it and report back.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:24 PM
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9. Okay, why did that work?
My feet don't itch, either NOW!

It's not like I don't bathe, either, but that worked for my feet to make them stop itching and smelling.



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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:30 PM
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14. Seriously, why did that work?
Itching is gone too. Kind of amazing.
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Schema Thing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 06:00 PM
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32. cool! I just made that up as a joke!


lol, j/k.

I read or heard about it on the people's pharmacy and tried it out.


Not sure why it works, but for people that are worried about aluminum in underarm anti-perspirant, it seems like it would be a good choice.

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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 06:06 PM
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33. It works because it binds to the receptors
Edited on Wed Nov-30-11 06:08 PM by Aerows


Worked well, though, so joke or not, it helped me out. I'm so glad my feet don't itch.

Don't know why I didn't think of that. Glad you did.
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:25 PM
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10. Many of us are built backwards:
Our noses run and our feet smell. ;-)
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:26 PM
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11. LMAO
Hadn't heard that one.
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OneTenthofOnePercent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:30 PM
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15. New Socks, New Shoes, and Athlete's Foot Spray should do it.
Keep running socks and running shoes for excercise only.
Wash/Spray feet before the jog to keep the training shoes "fresh"
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:34 PM
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18. You think I've infected all my socks, too?
I don't know how I got this problem. It's like a damn STD.
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OneTenthofOnePercent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:46 PM
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21. If it's fungal, it may very well be harbored in socks.
Nothing personal... I don't mean to make it sould like you're a leaper or anything. Just that smells usually come from organisms and, like organisms do, they like stick around nearby things.

I played football and baseball from gradeschool through NCAA. Keeping clothing items (shirts, undies, socks, shoes) for sports and life separate is the easiest way to avoid smelling. Especially if you use non-bleach detergents. If I wear a workout shirt around the house, when I start sweating the shirt will start smelling.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:50 PM
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24. Good advice
I'm going to start using bleach, because apparently, when you get sweaty you need to use them and I fell in a mudhole, too, and probably am harboring bacteria.

I didn't take offense, I was making a joke. Still seems yucky to get rid of, but I will.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 07:32 PM
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36. GF took care of the socks. She threw them out
Wouldn't even wash them in hot bleach with the towels after a sniff.

Guess I'm going to be buying new running shoes, too, since those are now practically being handled with barbecue tongs and put outside as far away as possible.
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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:31 PM
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16. And soak your shoes in bleach too to kill the fungus/mold
Edited on Wed Nov-30-11 04:36 PM by Tx4obama

otherwise you'll just keep cross-contaminating your socks/feet/shoes

Or just toss the running shoes in the trash and get new ones.


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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:36 PM
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19. I feel like I got Herpes :(
Thanks for the advice. I want to clear this problem up. It must have been from the gym that I picked this up.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 05:39 PM
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30. GF tossed the socks. She's eyeing my shoes
Edited on Wed Nov-30-11 05:40 PM by Aerows
Probably necessary at this point, I guess.

I'm just really attached to those running shoes.
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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:31 PM
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17. Lavender
It is anti-fungal, in a way that I have not encountered with any commercial products, even the one most recommended, clotrimazole.

http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Essential-Oils-Lavender-...

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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:47 PM
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23. Using J.R. Watkins Lavender Oil
It smells nice, and it's one of my favorites. Maybe that's why I got fungus foot, because I quit using it.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:42 PM
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20. Milk of Magneia
Edited on Wed Nov-30-11 04:45 PM by Aerows
I swabbed my feet with it on the advice of a poster, and I'm shocked. My feet don't itch. I'm spraying Lavender on them as we speak.

This is such a great place to learn things. MoM on my FEET? But it worked.

EDIT: Using J. R. Watkins lavender dry oil on my feet, too. Smells nice, and I like it.
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 05:00 PM
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25. I use one of those crystal stones on the bottom of my feet.
It works great. Just rub it on while your feet are still damp, or wet the stone & rub it on.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 05:06 PM
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26. Which kind is that?
Could you link to one?
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 08:48 AM
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40. Something like this. I found it at a health food store.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 05:14 PM
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28. That sounds like what we used to call athletes foot. There was a
powder that helped. However, I did not actually experience this just others around me.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 05:17 PM
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29. My girlfriend straight up threw my socks away after one sniff :/
Edited on Wed Nov-30-11 05:18 PM by Aerows
We were doing laundry, and I suggested bleaching them with the towels in hot water, and she said "If they are that bad, throw them out."

She inspected.

They got thrown out.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 07:20 PM
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34. I have bad foot odor about once a decade. Try using a hand sanitizer on your
feet. You've got to kill the bugs.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 07:25 PM
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35. Glad I'm not the only one
Edited on Wed Nov-30-11 07:27 PM by Aerows
It only happened since I started running and fell in a pond chasing after a frisbee.

I think it was the mudhole that caused it. I'm not going to stop running, but the foot issue has to go.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 07:49 PM
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38. Okay, I'm throwing out the shoes, the socks and getting some athlete's foot stuff
Edited on Wed Nov-30-11 07:53 PM by Aerows
It looks like that is the problem

I didn't realize it could smell so bad. If it doesn't clear up, I guess I'll go to the doctor, but it seems like I just have a really stinky case of athlete's foot I picked up from the gym.

EDIT: and sorry to stink up the forum with this weird problem :D Thanks everyone. I was so embarrassed. It's not easy to just up and have feet that announce "Oh hello, I SMELL".
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 11:30 AM
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41. I sometimes have that issue - when it occurs, I try to powder my feet with Gold Bond
or other such talcum powder. It works well, especially if you wear two layers of socks (if it's cold).
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astral Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 07:53 PM
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42. I have a suggestion, too.
Wash your feet with borax and vinegar put together, not just vinegar. I know borax is antifungal. You may want to do it every day for a while. It would sure be nice to find out what caused this.
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